October2006

Canada moves to 5 and 3 at Pan Am Championships

October 5, 2006

HERMOSILLO - Mexico


Canada moves to 5 and 3 at Pan Am Championships

 

(HERMOSILLO - Mexico) -  Team Canada defeated the Bahamas 7-0 to improve their record to 5 wins and 3 losses at the Pan American Championships in Hermosillo, Mexico.

 

Canada's offence started where it left off after yesterday's big win against the Virgin Island as they combined for 7 runs in 5 innings to defeat the Bahamas in a game that ended early due to the "run rule".  Rob O'Brien (Elora, ON) threw a no hitter, giving up only 1 walk, 1 hit by pitch and striking out 9 in the contest.  The no hitter was the second consecutive no hitter thrown by a Canadian starter.

 

Canada started the scoring in the top of the 1st inning when lead off hitter Scott Newitt (Delta, BC) walked. After stealing second base, Newitt was driven home on a double by Derek Mayson (North Vancouver, BC). Mayson would then score when Tim Macumber (Newport, NS) drove a double into the left field corner.

 

The Canadian offence added three more runs in the second inning when catcher Chris Shewfelt (Stoney Creek, ON) led off with a home run to give Canada a 3-0 lead. After the next two batters were retired, Newitt walked again & came home on a blast over the left center field fence by Jeff Ellsworth (Alberton, PE).

 

The final two runs came in the bottom of the 4th inning when Mayson was hit by a pitch from Bahamian starter Brian Neely. After a Macumber single, Steve Mullaley (Freshwater, NL) reached on a fielder’s choice as Macumber was forced out at second. Both runners then moved into scoring position on a passed ball and finally scored when Pat Mackintosh (Saskatoon, SK) lined a single to right field.

 

The win improves Canada's record to 5 wins and 3 losses and improves their playoff hopes. Canada will look for a win against Guatemala on Friday at 5:00 PM, in an effort to secure a playoff berth.

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For more information, please contact

 

Rick Picard

Director, Marketing and Communications

Softball Canada

rpicard@softball.ca

(613) 523-3386

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