Canada takes wild rollercoaster border battle from USA

Written by Bob on July 14th, 2014

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – Canada giveth and Canada taketh away.

The marquee game of Sunday night’s ISF Junior Men’s World Championship featured the border battle between Canada and the USA.

But through the first 6 1/3 innings the game was less marquee and all Canadian dominance.

Canada held a 7-1 lead and needed just two outs to finish off the overmatched Americans, who could muster just one hit off Tyler Randerson, who overpowered them with his velocity and sharp-breaking rise and drop balls.

USA could mount nothing against the tall and talented right-hander except for a solo home run by Justin Perez in the sixth.

But in the seventh with the Pepsi Softball Centre packed with adoring fans, cheering their boys on to finish off their southern neighbors, Canada’s usually reliable defense and pitching fell apart.

Canada committed three errors and walked three batters to let Team USA back in the game. And the Americans seized upon their northern neighbor’s generosity.

Team USA mixed in three hits, Tyler Bouley’s one out double to start things, and two singles by Tyler Stoffel to mount an astonishing comeback, scoring seven times to take an 8-7 lead.

The crowd, now sat silent and stunned, while Team USA celebrated its good fortune, needing just three outs to nail down what many considered would be an upset win.

But the American’s smiles soon turned to frowns as Canada recovered in a great show of batting prowess to take back the game and walk-off with a stunning 9-8 victory.

Canada’s bats came alive, pounding out three consecutive hits to tie the game, and then after pinch hitter Josh Elliott was given an intentional walk to load the bases, Tyson Zehr ripped a single into left field to drive in the winning run.

“Canadians never quit,” Zehr stated after the game. “We have heart.”

While Canada celebrated a comeback victory that improves its record to 2-1, Team USA walked off dejectedly with their world championship record slipping to 2-2.

Canada scored a single run in the first, and two runs in each of the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings to take its big lead.

Team USA collected five hits, led by Stoffel’s 2 for 3, and Bouley, Peyton Hall, and Perez had one hit each.

Canada pounded out 11 hits with Tyler Pauli going 2 for 3, Curtis Piecowye 2 for 3, 3 RBI; and Samuel Bedard-Desmarais, Nick Penner, Zehr, Randerson, Taylor Schubada, and Johnathan Baker, and Francois-Charles Rene getting one hit each.

Eric Healy (1-0) picked up the win for Canada after relieving Randerson in the seventh. Healey faced two batters allowing a walk and getting a strikeout. Randerson went 6 1/3, allowing three earned runs on four hits, four walks with five strikeouts.

Phillip Zimmerman (1-2) relieved starter Zane Chason in the fifth and took the loss.

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