Chinese Taipei rallies for late win over Canada
* Mitchell Triolo (30) is congratulated after his homer put Canada up 5-0. Life was good. Then, Chinese Taipei rallied with six unanswered runs for a 6-5 win with two out in the ninth. The loss created a four-way tie with Japan, Panama, Chinese Taipei and Canada all at 2-1. Photo: Adam Morissette ….
By Adam Morissette
Seoul, Korea — Chinese Taipei scored six unanswered runs, including a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, to win 6-5 and hand Canada its first loss at the IBAF 18U World Championship.
Canada had built a 5-0 lead through 4 1⁄2 innings before Taipei scored two in the fifth, three in the eighth and the game winner in the ninth.
“We got beat and you have to tip your cap sometimes,” said Canadian manager Greg Hamilton. “They’re a tough team. I said to the guys (after the game) that you’re not going to win a world championship without some adversity.”
With the score knotted at 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Dayton Dawe (London, Ont.) allowed a one-out walk that advanced to second on a groundout. On a 0-2 pitch Taipei’s Su Chih Chieh singled to centre allowing the runner from second to score before Jacob Robson’s (Windsor, Ont.) throw reached home plate.
“Taipei swung the bats to win it in the end,” added Hamilton. It wasn’t a comedy of errors, they beat our bullpen and our bullpen is pretty good, so give them credit.”
Mitchell Triolo (Scarborough, Ont.) hit a solo home run to put Canada up 5-0 in the top of the fifth and starting pitcher Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) was cruising through four innings before Taipei scored twice in the home half of the fifth.
Both runs came with two out on four consecutive singles to bring Taipei to within three.
Quantrill settled in for the sixth and seventh as he didn’t allow a hit or a run for two innings before walking a batter and getting a fly-out in the eighth and then giving way to Travis Seabrooke (Peterborough, Ont.).
Seabrooke walked two batters to load the bases with one out and Logan Seifrit (Spruce Grove, Alta.) came on to try and escape the jam.
Seifrit struck out the first batter he faced before allowing a two-run single and then by a one-run single to tie the game.
Canada caught a break in the top of the ninth when Josh Naylor’s (Mississauga, Ont.) fly ball was dropped in left field that saw him end up on second base.
Daniel Pinero (Toronto, Ont.) pinch ran for Naylor and moved 90 feet away from home after Triolo grounded out.
After a walk to Robson, Pinero was thrown out at home plate trying to score on Kyle Hann’s (Oakville, Ont.) grounder to short. Nathan DeSouza (Milton, Ont.) struck out to end the inning paving the way for Taipei’s walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth.
“If it’s the seventh game of the World Series it’s over, but it’s not,” explained Hamilton. “We have a chance to bounce back (from this loss) and still cross-over into the next round. We’re not in terrible shape.”
Canada opened the scoring in the top of the third when Brett Siddall (Windsor, Ont.) scored on an Owen Spiwak (Mississauga, Ont.) single. Siddall had singled to open the inning and advanced to third on a double from Jesse Hodges (Victoria, BC). Hodges moved to third on Spiwak’s single and scored on fly ball from Naylor.
Canada increased their lead to 4-0 in the third when Hann scored on a DeSouza single after leading off the inning with a triple.
Gareth Morgan (Toronto, Ont.) reached second on a fielder’s choice, then advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored the second run of the inning when Siddall singled to right field.
Quantrill had a solid outing before giving way to Seabrooke, pitching 7 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk, while fanning three batters.
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