Bookman, Gollert, Cerantola help Canada edge Aussies
U-18 World Cup Selection Camp: Canada edges Australia in series opener
Aug. 21st, 2017
By Adam Morissette
AJAX, Ont. – Archer Brookman’s (Pointe Claire, Que.) RBI groundout in the bottom of the eighth scored Clayton Keyes (Calgary, AB) from third base to break a 2-2 tie and Canada hung on to defeat Australia, 3-2, to open the seven game series between the two countries.
Both squads are preparing for the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay from Sept. 1-10.
The Aussies opened the scoring in the top of the first after Canada starter Harley Gollert (Toronto, Ont.) gave up a lead off single to Jess Williams before a wild pitch brought him in from third with two out. A balk call on Gollert with the bases loaded in the third put Australia up by two after three innings.
Canada was help hitless until the fourth when Jason Willow (Victoria, BC) lined a single to centre before Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) followed with a single to right to put runner on the corners. With Naylor on second after a stolen base, Willow scored on a wild pitch and Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, BC) grounded out to short to bring in the tying run.
Tate Dearing (White Rock, BC) tossed one scoreless inning of relief in the fifth before Eric Cerantola (Oakville, Ont.) came on in the sixth. Cerantola retired the first 10 batters he faced before getting into a one-out jam in the ninth before he fanned the final two batters of the inning to end the game and leave runners on second and third. He gave up just one run and one walk while fanning seven to earn the win.
The series resumes on Tuesday, Aug. 22nd (7pm ET) and runs though Sunday, August 27th with all games being played at Audley Ballpark (2001 Audley Rd. Ajax, Ont.), the same site that hosted the Pan Am Games in 2015. Admission is free for all games.
Baseball Canada will provide live scoring for all seven games.
Monday 21 Aug Australia U18 (2) @ Canada U18 (3) 7PM
Tuesday 22 Aug Canada U18 @ Australia U18 7PM
Wednesday 23 Aug Australia U18 @ Canada U18 7PM
Thursday 24 Aug Canada U18 @ Australia U18 7PM
Friday 25 Aug Australia U18 @ Canada U18 7PM
Saturday 26 Aug Canada U18 @ Australia U18 1PM
Sunday 27 Aug Australia U18 @ Canada U18 1PM
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