Tanner Hoskins, Eric MacDonald, Tanner Sandstrom, and Tony Tabor did not start in Saturdays game at the Little League World Series.
But the foursome made their presence felt. All four scored a run in an eight-run fifth inning as the team broke a 5-5 tie en route to a 13-5 win Saturday at Lamade Stadium.
We knew we were in for a ballgame, said Sandstrom, one of eight Canadian players with at least one hit. They scored five runs and we knew we had to stick together and play hard and try to come up with a win.
The Canadian White Rock team from British Columbia held a comfortable 5-0 lead early but Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, tied it with five in the fifth.
But Canada quickly dashed any hopes of a collapse, as the first eight batters in its half of the fifth reached base.
No. 9 hitter Shaylen Buis worked a bases loaded walk before four consecutive big hits put the game away.
Tabor and Jeff Kavanagh hit doubles that scored multiple runs before Jackson Temple and Parker Stevaniuk homered to put the Canadian team up 13-5.
Canada pounded out five of its 13 hits in the fifth inning.
I knew the pitch was going to be there so I just took a big swing and that was it, said Temple.
Temple also had a run scoring double in the fourth as British Columbia built a 5-0 lead.
Dharhan fought back in the fifth. Leadoff hitter Christian Beyers laced a two-run double to left field and Matt Underwood scored on an error on the play to cut the deficit to 5-4.
Beyers soon scored on a sac fly by Beau Branton as Saudi Arabia tied it before CanadaŠs big fifth of their own.
Obviously, I was very proud of the team to come back after a little bit of a shaky start, said Saudi Arabia manager John Fitzmaurice. We had a few errors early that hurt us. They hit the ball all game. It was tough to get an out.
Kavanagh had four hits to power the Canadian offense
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