Australia holds off Canada to move into the Gold Medal game of the Men’s Softball World Championship

Written by Bob on July 16th, 2017

Adam Foulard turned in an effective relief effort to help Australia defeat Canada, 7-3, in the Bronze Medal game of the 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, Sunday, July 17. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2016 ISC World Tournament

WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada – It’s been eight long years since Australia last won a world championship. After winning three straight playoff games, they’ll once again be battling for the Gold Medal.

Thanks to James Todhunter and Nick Shailes who homered and Adam Folkard, who turned in an effective relief job, Australia defeated Canada 7-3 at the Pepsi Softball Centre, Sunday.

With little time for rest, Australia (8-3) will be back on the ball diamond to take on New Zealand (8-1) in the Gold Medal game, while 2015 defending world champion Canada (8-2) leaves the tournament as the Bronze medalist.

LONG BALL BOMBERS

With Australia clinging to a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning, Todhunter squared up on a Sean Cleary rise ball sending it deep over the centerfield fence for a two-run home run, and Shailes homered over the left-field wall to give the Steelers a 7-1 lead, chasing Cleary in favor of Devon McCullough.

But Canada’s big bats wouldn’t go lightly.

Steve Mullaley led off the sixth with a home run over the centerfield fence, and Derek Mason sent his second round-tripper of the game over the right-field wall to pull Canada within four.

STELLAR RELIEF

But Folkard, who relieved starter Andrew Kirkpatrick in the third to shutdown Canada with the bases loaded, toughened. He struck out Mark Johnson with a drop ball and turned a comebacker into a double play to end the threat.

Folkard set the side down in order in the seventh, sending Australia to center stage to meet New Zealand which advanced to the championship by beating Canada in a slugfest, 12-11, Saturday night,

Australia jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the first inning on RBI singles by Josh White and Ryan Sinclair and an infield error.

Canada trimmed the lead when Derek Mayson drilled perhaps the longest home run of the world championship, a solo shot, high and deep over the right-field fence in the second inning.

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  1. Cam Lind says:

    Looking forward to it.

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