Team Canada sweeps exhibitiondoubleheader 5-0 and 4-1.

July 3, 2008

Saskatoon, SK

July 3, 2008
Team Canada sweeps exhibitiondoubleheader 5-0 and 4-1.

(Melfort, SK) -  The Senior Men’s National Team got geared up forthe Tri Nations Tournament yesterday, as they defeated the USA Men’sNational Team  5-0 and 4-1 in an exhibition doubleheader.

The fate of the first game rested primarily on the shoulders of Canada’sGrant Patterson (Penetanguishene, ON), who pitched all seven innings andregistered ten strikeouts. Offensive play continued to head in the rightdirection when second baseman, Jody Eidt (Mitchell, ON) helped his team to geton the board with two homeruns in back-to-back innings.
Craig Crawford (Kitchener, ON) scored arun and batted in Keith Mackintosh (Melfort, SK) and Stephen Mullaley(Freshwater, NL) in the process. Team Canada would close out the game witha 5-0 win.

The second showing got off to a quick start, with Canada recording two runs inthe opening inning. Rob Giesbrecht (Landmark, MB) would ultimately beatthe ball home after hitting a double and Eidt wouldalso score on a sharp leftfield drive by Ian Fehrman (Townsend, ON),making it 2-0 for the red and white.
Derek Mayson (North Vancouver, BC) managed towiden the gap between Canada and USA by achieving a homerun in the third andJason Sanford made it one more on an USA error. 
Trevor Ethier (Saskatoon, SK) was able tostrikeout seven batters in five innings of work, but allowed one homerun fromUSA's Chad Seeman. Mayson also registered two strikouts in the closing innings,helping Canada to claim the 4-1 victory.

The Senior Men’s National team is set to compete in the Tri NationsTournament in Saskatoon, SK from July 3-6.

For more information, please contact:

Andrea Carisse
Softball Canada
(613) 523-3386 ext 3102