AUCKLAND NZ -- Team Canada got back on the winning track in a big way Wednesday at the International Softball Federation’s (ISF) Men’s World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand.
After dropping a 4-1 game to Japan on Tuesday, Canada’s bats roared to life in an 8-0 thrashing of Colombia in a game that only lasted five innings.
Pinch-hitting in the game, Jeff Ellsworth from P.E.I. cranked a two-out solo homerun in the top of the fifth to round out Canada’s scoring.
Sean Cleary from Harbour Main, NL was dominant in the pitcher’s circle, retiring all 15 Colombians he faced striking out 10 of them.
Going into Thursday’s final game (10 p.m. Wednesday Atlantic time), Canada is tied with host New Zealand for first place in Pool B. Both teams have 5-1 records and identical runs for-runs against (36-12) summaries.
Canada plays last place Netherlands in its final round robin game.
Defending champion Australia leads Pool A with a 6-0 record. So far, the Australians have scored 40 runs while giving up only three.