Canada’s Derek Mayson hit a 3-run home run to support a 2-hit, 10-strikeouts performance by ace Sean Cleary to give Canada a key victory over Australia, 4-1, and remain undefeated in Group B after three games.
Svoboda Park in Prague was the stage of one of the most highly anticipated games of the group’s stage.
Adam Folkard retired in line the first nine batters faced, but in the four-inning surrendered the first three runs of the game, that proved to be the difference in the game.
Mathieu Roy and Brad Ezekiel hit back-to-back singles to open the inning, and Derek Mayson found a riser in the middle of the zone to belt a 3-run shot to center field to grab the lead.
Folkard was replaced in the fifth by Andrew Kirkpatrick, allowing 3 hits, 3 runs with 6 Ks and 1 walk.
Canada added one more in the bottom of the fifth. Keis Walushka singled with one out, and then Brad Ezekiel plated him with a double to left center field.
In the top of sixth Australia put one run on the board with a no-doubter off the bat of Liam O’Leary.
Canadian Sean Cleary went the distance with 102 pitches, he allowed only 2 hits and 1 run, struck out 10 and walked 2.
Canada shares the lead in Group B with Venezuela, with a perfect record. Australia dropped to a 2-1 record and will take on Denmark, at 12:30am AEST Tuesday morning.