Canada played Australia at 3 p.m. on day three of the Cal Ripken Major 70 World Series.
Canada got off to an early lead with an RBI single from Keiran Kealey to make the game 1-0. Australia managed to keep the damage minimal with only one run after the first. They were unable to put any points on the board, making it still 1-0 going into the second inning.
Canada continued their offense when Macarthy Galvin scored when a pick off attempt went over the head of the third baseman. Following that, Jack Wheatley hit a sac fly to score yet another to make the score 3-0. Australia once again went down without a fight in the bottom half of the second.
In the top of the third Canada poured it on some more. A pair of RBI’s from Benjamin Hoskizaki and Galvin made the score 5-0. Moving to the bottom half of the inning, Australia found some life when Ethan Martin scored on an error, making it 5-1.
Going to the top of four, Canada seemed like they couldn’t be stopped. Jackson Elenko and Jacob LaPointe combined for two RBI singles. LaPointe also managed to score after his single due to a multitude of fielding errors. This brought the score to 7-1.
The bottom of the fourth finally looked like the turning point for Australia. Nathan Howarth was able to score on a passed ball. Immediately following that, Ned Hargreaves stepped up to the plate and drove in two runs and managed to leg out a double. He kept the momentum going as he was able to score himself on a wild pitch. The score going to the fifth was 8-5.
Canada decided they wanted to get some of their lead back. Gedion Gibson scored on a pass ball followed by another RBI from Wheatley. Going into the bottom of the fifth the score was 10-5.
After Australia got some runners in position, Hargreaves stepped up to the plate and cranked in another two runs with a single. Elijah Hewett followed up with the next at bat, and polished a home run into the right field bullpen. The last run of the inning came from Jackson Grounds with another RBI single. Their explosive final inning allowed Australia to tie up the game and force extra innings.
Both teams played immaculate defense in the seventh inning, allowing no more runs. In the top of the eighth Hoshizaki stepped up again and drove in another run. Kealey followed in suit to get some insurance with a two run RBI single.
In the end Australia was unable to respond, and Canada walked away with the victory. The final score was 13-10. Players of the game were: Canada- Keran Kealey, Australia- Ned Hargreaves.