Patrick Burns (Saskatoon, Sask.) didn’t allow any runs or hits over the first two innings but issued a one-out walk in the second that was quickly wiped out with a double play on a lineout to the second baseman. In the bottom of the second, Canada’s bats came alive when Blake Hunter (Nanaimo, B.C) and Bryan Abrey (Richmond, B.C.) hit back-to-back homeruns. In the bottom of the third, Steve Mullaley (Freshwater, N.L.) hit a solo shot of his own to give Canada a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Matt Palazzo hit a solo homerun off Burns to cut the lead to 3-1 but that was the only run Team USA would score. Scott Lieph (Sooke, B.C.) came in to get the final out of the sixth for Canada with two Americans on base, striking out Palazzo to get out of the inning. In the bottom of the frame, Abrey drew a walk drew a leadoff walk and was later replaced by temporary runner Jeff Ellsworth (St Lawrence, P.E.I.). Ellsworth moved up o second on a wild pitch, to second on a passed ball and crossed the plate on another wild pitch to give Canada another important insurance run.
In the top of the seventh, the Americans got a leadoff double followed by a single to put runners on the corners and put the pressure on Team Canada, but Lieph struck out the next three batters to end the game.
Burns allowed one run on two hits, walked two and struck out five in five innings and two thirds, while Lieph pitched an inning and a third of relief, allowing two hits and striking out four. Abrey led Canada at the plate with a homerun and a single, with Hunter and Mullaley each adding solo homeruns. Kris Walushka (Victoria, B.C.) added a pair of singles.
Sun Jun 16 – 7:30pm
Both teams were retired in order in the first, and Sean Cleary (Harbour Main, N.L.) issued a leadoff walk in the second but got a lineout, a strikeout and the runner on first was called out for leaving the base early on a steal attempt for the third out. Team Canada went down on a pair of pop outs on the infield and a strikeout to keep the game scoreless through two innings of play.
Cleary and Folkard kept the opposing batters off-balanced once again in the third. After striking out the first two batters in the fourth, Cleary allowed a single up the middle by Nick Shailes for the game’s first hit, but he struck out the next batter to end the inning. In the bottom of the frame, Mathieu Roy (St-Gervais, Que.) and Bradley Ezekiel (Harbour Main, N.L.) hit back-to-back singles before Derek Mayson (North Vancouver, B.C.) smacked a three-run blast over the centerfield fence to open the scoring and give Canada a 3-0 lead.
Australia got another leadoff walk in the top of the fifth, but Cleary retired the next three batters to leave the runner stranded. In the bottom of the inning, Kris Walushka (Victoria, B.C.) laced a one-out single to right field and later scored on a double over the left fielder by Bradley Ezekiel to increase the lead to 4-0.
The Aussie got a solo homerun in the top of the sixth to break the shutout, but Cleary retired the next two batters and sat Australia down in order in the seventh to secure the complete game win.
Cleary fired a two-hitter, allowing only one run and walking two batters while striking out 10 to earn his second win of the tournament. Mayson’s three-run homerun was the key hit Canada needed offensively, with Ezekiel’s RBI double serving as insurance. Ezekiel, Roy and Walushka all added singles and each scored a run.
Sat Jun 15 – 4:30pm
Canada wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Mathieu Roy (St-Gervais, Que.) lined a single into left to lead off the game and later scored on a two-run homerun to center by Steve Mullaley (Freshwater, N.L.). Patrick Burns (Saskatoon, Sask.) followed with a double down the third base line, moved up to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single to third by Shane Boland (St. John’s, N.L.). A single by Kyle Ezekiel (Holyrood, N.L.) and a walk by Bryan Abrey (Richmond, B.C.) loaded the bases, with rookie Tyler Pauli (Mitchell, Ont.) stepping up and smashing a grand slam over the right field fence to give Canada a 7-0 lead.
The Netherlands put two runners on base with a single and a hit by pitch, but Devon McCullough (Saskatoon, Sask.) settled in and struck out the side. In the second, Blake Hunter (Nanaimo, B.C.) drew a one-out walk, moved up to third after a pair of wild pitches and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Mullaley. After McCullough struck out the side in the bottom of the second, Kris Walushka (Victoria, B.C.) used his speed to pick up a double off the shortstop, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Ezekiel. Abrey followed that up with a solo shot to left as Canada increased its lead to 10-0.
In the top of the fourth, Bradley Ezekiel (Harbour Main, N.L.) singled up the middle and scored on a two-run blast by Hunter. Burns came in to pitch the bottom of the inning and retired the Netherlands in order to end the game.
McCullough registered the win by allowing only one hit and striking out eight in three innings, with Burns striking out two in an inning of relief. Pauli’s grand slam was the biggest of Canada’s for home runs, with Mullaley and Hunter each hitting two-run shots and Abrey adding a solo one. Burns and Walushka each had a pair of hits including a double, while Roy, Bradley Ezekiel, Shane Boland and Kyle Ezekiel each contributed a single.
Fri Jun 14 – 1:30pm
Denmark put two runners on base with a pair walks in the top of the first inning as Sean Cleary (Harbour Main, N.L.) worked to find the strike zone, leaving both runners stranded with two strikeouts. In the bottom of the inning, Canada opened the scoring as Mathieu Roy (St-Gervais, Que.) led off with a single followed by a walk by Bradley Ezekiel (Harbour Main, N.L.) before Derek Mayson (North Vancouver, B.C.) singled to center to score Roy. Ezekiel moved up to third on the play, and crossed the plate when Steve Mullaley (Freshwater, N.L.) grounded into a fielder’s choice.
Canada took a commanding lead by scoring four runs in the bottom of the third. Roy got things going by leading off with a homerun to right, with Mayson later drawing a walk before Mullaley hit a deep drive to left for a two-run homerun. With two outs, Jeff Ellsworth (St. Lawrence, P.E.I.) worked a walk, stole second and scored on a single through the left side of the infield by Shane Boland (St. John’s, N.L.) to give Canada a 6-0 lead.
In the fifth, Denmark loaded the bases with thee consecutive one-out walks but Scott Lieph (Sooke, B.C.) struck out the next two batters, while Mullaley hit a solo shot in the bottom of the inning to end the game on the run rule.
Cleary started for Canada in the pitcher’s circle and allowed three hits and two walks, striking out seven batters in four innings to earn the win. Lieph relieved Cleary to start the fifth, walking three batters and striking out two in a scoreless inning. Mullaley led Canada offensively with a pair of homeruns four runs batted in, while Roy went 3-for-3 with a homerun, a double and two runs scored. Ellsworth tripled and scored a run, with Mayson and Shane Boland each adding RBI singles.