GameTime Classics | Episode 34: Re-live historic 2004 Men’s Softball World Championship semifinal between Australia and Canada

GameTime Classics | Episode 34: Re-live historic 2004 Men’s Softball World Championship semifinal between Australia and Canada
A 19-year old Andrew Kirkpatrick started the game for Australia, while Gerald Muizelaar opened for Canada.

The latest edition of GameTime Classics showcases a match-up between Australia and Canada, in the semi-finals of the 2004 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship in Christchurch, New Zealand. The winner would go through to the final against host New Zealand, while the loser would finish in third place.

The 15-team tournament had representation from five continents (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania): Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Canada, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Samoa, South Africa, USA and Venezuela.

Australia and Canada faced off on 2 September 2004, in what was the second semi-final of the tournament. With the promise of at least a bronze medal, the Aussies were guaranteed their first-ever medal in the top men’s softball competition, while Canada was sure to medal for a ninth time.

The two teams met in the Opening Round of the tournament, with a 3-2 win for the red and white team. Canada ended up on top of Group A (6-1 record), while Australia advanced to the playoffs as the third-place finisher (5-2).

A 19-year old Andrew Kirkpatrick, who pitched a total of 40.2 innings in the tournament (the most of any pitcher), started the game for Australia to face a more rested Gerald Muizelaar, who worked only 15.1 innings in the event.

This historic game will be available for free at at 9 pm Eastern US Standard Time* on Monday, 27 April (3 am Central European Time* on Tuesday 28 April) and Tuesday at 9 am Eastern Standard Time* (3:00 pm Central European Time*) at

*Observing daylight saving time.

Tomorrow, GameTime Classics series will feature the game between USA and Japan for the Super Roind of last year’s Premier12.

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Episode 32: Australia, Canada play for bronze at U-19 Women's Softball World Cup 2019
Episode 31: Women's Baseball World Cup 2018 bronze medal game
Episode 30: New Zealand, Venezuela compete in 2013 Men's Softball World Championship final
Episode 29: Mexico, Chinese Taipei put on slugfest in U-15 Baseball World Cup 2016 
Episode 28: Women’s Softball World Championship 2016 final Japan-USA
Episode 27: USA take on Chinese Taipei in must-win WBSC Premier12 2019 clash
Episode 26: Australia vs Argentina, a pitching duel at the Men’s Softball World Championship 2013
Episode 25: Watch Japan take on Mexico in a thrilling U-23 Baseball World Cup 2018 final
Episode 24: Watch Japan, Greece collide at the 2006 Women’s Softball World Championship
Episode 23: Watch the epic battle between USA and Mexico at the U-12 Baseball World Cup 2017
Episode 22: Canada, New Zealand clash at the Men's Softball World Cup 2004
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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