GameTime Classics Episode 22: 2004 Men’s Softball World Championship Game between Canada and New Zealand

GameTime Classics Episode 22: 2004 Men’s Softball World Championship Game between Canada  and New Zealand
An historic chapter in the biggest, long-time rivalry between two of the men’s softball powerhouses.

Today’s edition of GameTime Classics will showcase an historic matchup between New Zealand and Canada, going for gold in the 2004 Men’s Softball World Championship final. The 11th edition of the global event was held at Smokefree Ballpark in Christchurch, New Zealand, with 15 participating countries.

New Zealand played host trying to complete a historic three-peat, after winning campaigns in Midland (USA) 1996 and East London (South Africa) 2000. While Canada was looking for their fourth title.

Both teams played in the Opening Round Group A, with a 5-4 victory for Canada. Darren Zack earned the win, while Bob Court and Rob Gray homered for Canada. However, in the first semi-final New Zealand outscored Canada 13-5 to advance to the final. Jimmy Wana was the winner for the hosts, while Thomas Makea, Patrick Shannon and Brad Rona (x2) went yard.

Some of the biggest names of the sport jumped onto the diamond on 8 February 2004, like Mark Sorenson, Jarrad Martin, Donny Hale, Thomas Makea, Ryan Wolfe and Gerard Muizelaar.

Earlier in the day, Canada had sealed their place in the final with a one-sided 7-0 win over Australia.

This game will be streamed for free at at 9 pm Eastern US Standard Time* on Wednesday, 15 April (3 am Central European Time*, 7 am New Zealand Standard Time Thursday) and Thursday at 9 am Eastern Standard Time* (3:00 pm Central European Time*, 7 pm Australia Time) at *Observing daylight saving time.

The next delivery of GameTime Classics will showcase the game between Mexico and USA, for the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup 2017.

Watch more GameTime Classics:
Episode 21: Chinese Taipei v USA in the final of the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup
Episode 20: Australia vs China for a spot in the softball competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Episode 19: Korea, Cuba battle in early stages of Women's Baseball World Cup 2016
Episode 18: New Zealand, Australia thriller open Men's Softball World Cup 2013 playoffs
Episode 17: Japan, Panama fight hard in WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup super round
Episode 16: Great Britain vs Italy for an Olympic softball berth
Episode 15: Watch Australia vs USA in 2019 Premier12 thriller
Episode 14: Re-live the 2018 Junior Men’s Softball World Cup Final between Australia and Japan
Episode 13: Watch Korea vs Panama in 2016 U-23 Baseball World Cup
Episode 12: Mexico, Canada battle to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic softball competition
Episode 11: Watch a semifinal thriller - Canada-Chinese Taipei at the Women's Baseball World Cup 2016
Episode 10: Historic first-ever WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball final between Chinese Taipei and Peru
Episode 9: Watch Korea vs Japan in 2015 Premier12 Semi-Final
Episode 8: Singapore, Argentina open 2020 U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup with a bang
Episode 7: Watch Chinese Taipei and Japan battle in the 2018 Women's Baseball World Cup
Episode 6: JPN vs USA dramatic 2019 U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup final
Episode 5: Re-live Mexico v USA 2019 U-12 Baseball World Cup elimination game
Episode 4: Mexico-New Zealand epic battle at WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship 2019
Episode 2: Re-live the Japan-USA Final of the 2018 WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship
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