CANADA RALLIES OVER UNITED STATES IN PAN AM GAMES

Written by Bob on July 14th, 2015
Sean Cleary allowed four hits in pitching Canada to a 3-2 win over the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Monday. Cleary went the distance, notching 16 strikeouts to help Team Canada improve to 2-0 and take the lead the six-team tournament.

Sean Cleary allowed four hits in pitching Canada to a 3-2 win over the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Monday. Cleary went the distance, notching 16 strikeouts to help Team Canada improve to 2-0 and take the lead the six-team tournament.

TORONTO – Josh Johnson belted a home run, Gerald Muizelaar and Tony Mancha were pitching superbly and the United States was on the brink of picking off one of the top teams in the world of men’s fastpitch softball.

But it was not to be as Canada rallied for a 3-2 victory in eight innings, Monday, to improve to 2-0 in the Pan American Games, while the United States evens its record at 1-1.

    JOHNSON DELIVERS

Team USA broke up a scoreless pitching duel between Canada’s Sean Cleary and Gerald Muizelaar when right-side slugging Josh Johnson homered over the right-field fence in the fourth inning.

    ELLSWORTH COUNTERS

But that 1-0 advantage was short lived as Canada countered with its own fence buster in the fifth when Jeff Ellsworth homered over the centerfield wall with Mathieu Roy aboard to take the lead.

    SAGDAL FORGES TIE

The United States, however, fought back to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh on Pat Sagdal’s infield single that plated Kevin Castillo. Then in the most dramatic moment of the game, Team USA saw a golden opportunity for victory denied by Canada’s ace right-hander, Cleary.

    CANADA’S ACE TOUGHENS

Team USA had the winning run on the brink of scoring with the bases loaded, and the dangerous Matt Palazzo and Johnson coming to the plate. But Cleary refused to bend.

The hard-throwing right-hander, with his sharp-breaking rise and drop pitches and a good change-up, reached back to strikeout both batters, sending the game into extra innings.

    CANADA GETS BREAK, USA DOESN’T

Canada seized the win in the eighth when Ellsworth scored on a single by Jason Hill and an error after being placed at second base under the tiebreaker rule.

The United States had its opportunity in the bottom half of the inning with Johnson on second base, but Cleary reached back and struck out Chase Turner, and then had the good fortune of seeing a line drive off the bat of Freddy Carmona turn into a double play to end the game.

    BOTH SIDES PITCHING SUPERB

Cleary (1-0) went the distance allowing two earned runs on four hits and six walks, while striking out 16.

For the United States, Muizelaar started and went 4 1/3 innings, giving up one earned run on two hits, with five walks and four strikeouts. Mancha (1-1) came on in the fifth and gave up the two-run homer to Ellsworth.

But the right-hander finished strong, allowing just three hits over the final three innings. He finished with four-hitter, allowed one earned run, with a walk and four strikeouts.

For Team USA, Johnson (RBI), Turner, Kris Bogach and Sagdal (RBI) had one hit each. Canada’s six hits came from Mathieu Roy 2-for-3, run; and Ellsworth (2 RBI), Steve Mullaley, Jason Hill, and Derek Mason with one hit apiece.

    USA LOOKS TO REBOUND

The United States continues play in the six-team Pan Am Games, Tuesday, against Venezuela (1-1) that lost to Argentina, 3-0, and defeated Dominican Republic, 5-1. While Canada, on top of the standings at 2-0, takes on Argentina (1-1).

To follow the results, visit: Pan American Men’s Softball

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