Canada’s hopes of advancing on the Premier 12 baseball event took a essential blow on Friday.
The Canadians dropped their round-robin finale to Australia 3-1, leaving each squads with 1-2 data. Korea leads the group at 2-0, with its ultimate recreation coming in opposition to Cuba (1-1).
Canada could be eradicated with a Cuban victory.
Australia and Canada have been knotted 1-1 for a lot of the recreation, however the Australians pulled forward with a two-out, two-run triple from clean-up hitter Logan Wade within the eighth inning.
Proper-hander Brock Dykxhoorn began for Canada and pitched six innings, permitting only one run on two hits whereas placing out seven.
Reliever Brandon Marklund pitched a scoreless seventh earlier than returning for the eighth, the place he was finally charged with a pair of earned runs.
Designated hitter Rene Tosoni drove in Canada’s lone run of the sport with a single scoring left fielder Tristan Pompey. Former Blue Jay Michael Saunders completed 0-for-Three with a stroll.
The Australians have now gained their final 5 worldwide conferences in opposition to Canada.
Canada might want to end as the highest staff from the Americas area — which additionally consists of the U.S., Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Cuba — to safe an Olympic berth.
One other qualifier, that includes simply groups from the Americas, will probably be performed in March for a second spot within the six-team Olympic event in Tokyo subsequent summer season.
Korea performs Cuba Friday at 4:40 a.m. ET, in a recreation which may decide Canada’s…