The Junior Steelers gave Canada a baserunning and hitting masterclass with a dominant 14-3 in what was an ominous warning for their opponents in the WBSC U18 Men’s Softball World Cup.
Canada’s pitching was shaky to start the game as they walked in a run before Caleb Van De Griendt and Hayden Shaw drove in two runners each to put the Aussies up 5-0.
More uncharacteristic errors from Canada saw a fly ball find the ground in the outfield saw another run score and the lead extended to 7-0 on a wild pitch before the end of just the first inning.
Nick Murphy and Pierce Nugent-Moss, Sam Seach were amongst the hits in the bottom of the second, Canada had no answer for the run-fest and used four pitchers in just two innings as the Aussies romped home.
Australia had a chance to end the game in three innings but were unable to score a fifteenth unanswered run, they would lead 14-0 into the fourth.
Canada went down swinging scoring three runs in the top of the fourth but it wasn’t enough to extend the game as the Steelers cruised to a 14-3 win. They’ll head into the final game of the Opening Round as the only undefeated team in their pool.
Japan to remain undefeated in their pool and both teams have earned favouritism heading into the Super Round which begins Thursday.
The remaining schedule for the Australians in the Opening Round are as follows, all times AEDT. All games will be livestreamed on the WBSC YouTube page.
- Wednesday 26 February, 1:30pm – Junior Steelers V South Africa