Softball Canada - Canada Defeats Puerto Rico at Pan Am Championships

October 2, 2006



October 2, 2006


Canada Defeats Puerto Rico at Pan Am Championships


(HERMOSILLO - Mexico) - Team Canada improved their record to 2 wins and 1 loss at the Pan Am Softball Championships with a 4-1 victory over Puerto Rico who were coming off a 6-4 extra inning win over the home squad from Mexico the previous night.


All of Team Canada’s runs came in the 3rd inning. Catcher Sean O'Brien (Kitchener, ON) started the inning with a walk. After singles by Kevin Schellenberg (Squamish, BC) and Ryan Wolfe (London, ON) loaded the bases, Jeff Ellsworth (Alberton, PE) drove an offering from Puerto Rican starter Juan Martinez up the middle for a single scoring pinch runner Scott Newitt (Delta, BC). Schellenberg and Wolfe would score on Rob Gray’s double to right field and Ellsworth completed the scoring by coming home on a fielder’s choice by 1st baseman Derek Mayson (North Vancouver, BC).


Canadian starter Nick Underhill (Campbell River, BC) kept the Puerto Rican bats in check giving up only 2 hits over 5 innings of work while striking out 7 and walking none.  Frank Cox (Owen Sound, ON) made his first appearance of the tournament, pitching the last two innings striking out 4 Puerto Rican batters in the process.


“It was hot but its something we just have to adjust to” stated Underhill with the temperatures approaching 40 degrees Celsius before noon. "As Canadians, we are not used to playing in this much heat and all I was trying to do was give it my best to control the game from the very first pitch and give our offence something to work with."


 “We got a great performance out of Nick Underhill" added Don Bates, Pitching Coach for the Senior Men's National Team. "He was in control all the way. It was nice to score some runs early in the game. I think we had been pressing a bit too hard in our two previous games.”


Team Canada’s next game is scheduled for today at 5:00 PM vs. Venezuela.




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