Japan knocks off undefeated Canada in ISF World Championship

Written by Bob on March 5th, 2013

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Japan fans were pleased to get a big win over Canada in the 2013 ISF World Championship.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – The Canadian Men’s National Team dropped their first-place record in Pool B to 4-1 with a 4-1 loss to Japan on the fifth day of the ISF XIII Men’s World Championship.

Canada took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning, on Bryan Abrey fielder’s choice that allowed Kevin Schellenberg to score from third base with two outs.

But Japan bounced right back with a big four-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth to pull off the win. The big hits came from Yohei Ono’s (1 for 3) two-run single and Kenji Nakamuro’s (1-1) two-run home run. With the win, Japan improves to 3-2 in Pool B.

The Japanese pitching tandem of Hayami Takahashi and Yukinori Nakashima limited Canada’s Softball Canada offence to only two hits – both by Mathieu Roy (St-Gervais, QC) – in the victory.

In the top of the seventh, Mathieu Roy managed a one-out double, but Japanese pitcher Yukinori Nakashima got a strikeout and ground ball to end the game.

Mathieu Roy (2-2) was Canada’s only bright spot offensively, as he had a double, a single and two walks. Canada did manage to force five other walks, but could not move the runners around the bases to score.

In the pitcher’s circle, Paul Koert held Japan scoreless on three hits and a walk in four innings and two third of work, and struck out five. Andy Skelton pitched an inning of relief, yielding four runs on three hits with a strikeout, while Don Scott (Stratford, ON) came in to get the final out.

Team Canada (4-1) will play its next game against Colombia (3-2) at 10:00 p.m. EST Tuesday night on Diamond 2.

In other scores on the fifth day of the tournament: Australia shut out Venezuela 5-0; Colombia blanked Mexico 5-0; the Czech Republic defeated Samoa 6-2; the United States dominated Indonesia 10-0; and Great Britain got by South Africa 2-0. Late games included the Netherlands against the Philippines, and New Zealand taking on Argentina.

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