bite out of Canada
Nova Scotia battles, comes up short
By Mark Rogoff
The strive for 5
began at 5:00 for Nova Scotia.
Beat Curacao in their 5:00 p.m. contest,
and beat ‘em by 5 runs, and they’re onto the semi-final round.
Things were going well for the Glace Bay
gang early on. The Canadian champs scored one in the first, and were
one step closer to a 5-run triumph.
The excitement didn’t last long, though –
once a mosquito came to bat in the 3rd. Well, Kevin Moesquit to be
exact. The Caribbean 2nd baseman laced to right-centerfield a 2-out,
2-RBI double that gave Curacao a 2-1 advantage. It was all they would
need to put away the Canadian champs and advance to single-elimination
competition in Thursday’s International semi-final.
was just to win the game,” said Canada head coach Henery Boutilier.
“We knew it was going to be difficult to score 5 against that team.”
Asked if he thought his hit would hold be
enough to hold off Canada, Moesquit said, “No, I thought the other
team would score (more) runs.”
Carol de Palm picked up the win for
Curacao, which improved its pool-play record to 2-1, good for 2nd
place behind Japan in Pool D.
de Palm gave up just 2 hits in his
complete-game victory. He walked one while striking out 7, including
the side in the 3rd.
“I had a lot of faith to come back and win
the game (after giving up the first-inning run),” the righthander
the 5th had threatened to re-take the lead and get back on track to
meet that magic number. Kenny Routledge’s single put runners on first
and 2nd with 2 outs, but Jonathan Boutilier’s groundout to first
baseman Tharick Martines ended the rally.
Curacao advances to take on Venezuela in
one of the International semi-final matches. Coach Michelangelo
Celestina realizes the next tall task ahead.
“In this series, we haven’t hit a lot,” he
said. “(Thursday) we will see if we can hit. The pitching will be
strong. We need hits to score runs.”