By Adam Morissette
AJAX, Ontario – Edouard Julien (Québec City, Que.) hit four doubles and drove in two runs to help Canada snap a three-game losing streak with a 10-5 win over Australia.
Canada’s offence pounded-out 14 hits including three off the bat of Victor Cerny (Winnipeg, Man.) who matched Julien’s two-RBI output.
The pre U-18 World Cup series is now tied at three games apiece with two games remaining. Both squads are preparing for the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ont., from September 1 to 10.
Both teams exchanged runs in the second before Canada took the lead in the fifth on RBI singles from Victor Cerny and Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, B.C.). The offence kept clicking in the sixth as back-to-back, two-out doubles from Lucas Parente (Burlington, Ont.) and Julien produced one run before a double steal and RBI singles from Cerny and Jason Willow (Victoria, B.C.) brought in three more.
Canada starter Wesley Moore (Surrey, B.C.) was in control until the sixth when Australia made their way back into the game with a four-run inning. The big blow came when Jarryd Dale smacked a three-run home run to left that pulled the Aussies to within two.
Canada was quick to respond in the seventh and it was Julien who got things going with a run-scoring double to centre before Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) followed later with a double to the gap in left.
Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ont.) came on for one scoreless inning of relief before Michael Stovman worked the final two frames to preserve the win.
The series resumes on Sunday, August 27 (1 pm E.T.) at Audley Ballpark (2001 Audley Rd. Ajax, ON), the same site that hosted the Pan Am Games in 2015. Admission is free for all games.
Baseball Canada is providing live scoring for all seven games.
Monday 21 Aug Australia U18 2 @ Canada U183 7PM
Tuesday 22 Aug Canada U18 8 @ Australia U18 2 7PM
Wednesday 23 Aug Australia U18 3 @ Canada U18 2 7PM
Thursday 24 Aug Canada U18 4 @ Australia U18 6 7PM
Friday 25 Aug Australia U18 5 @ Canada U18 2 7PM
Saturday 26 Aug Canada U18 10 @ Australia U18 5 1PM
Sunday 27 Aug Australia U18 @ Canada U18 1PM
Monday 28 Aug Canada U18 @ Australia U18 10:30AM