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Canada Advances After Holding Off Europe And Africa In The Sixth
By George Thompson
Game Attendance: 6,075
Facing elimination, East Nepean Little League’s experience at the Little League Baseball® World Series continued as the team from Canada defeated the Europe and Africa champions South Moravia Little League from Czech Republic 4-3 at Volunteer Stadium on Saturday
“We’re really excited to get a win here,” said manager Mark Keeping after the game.
It marked the first win for a Canadian team at the Little League World Series.
Holding a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth with a runner on second, Canada was forced to make a pitching change, bringing in David Legault to get the last three outs. The Europe and Africa champions from the Czech Republic were able to score the runner on second, cutting the lead to 4-3, but that would be all. With two runners on and a chance to tie the game, Legault was able to get Krystof Jan Hruza to ground out to first.
Canada jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the third inning. With Caden Griffin on third, Legault on second, and Angus Adams on first, Jack Walsh was able to reach first on an error by the third baseman, scoring Griffin and giving Canada a 2-1 lead.
On a wild pitch to the following batter, Legault would score from third. Canada would add one more run in the inning when Adams stole home.
Despite giving up four runs in one inning, Europe and Africa responded with a run of their own in the next inning via a passed ball, scoring Lukas Hlouch on the play.
Canada jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first off of a home run to center field by Adams that cleared the trees. At the post-game press conference, Adams said he likes to get his arms extended, and the pitch was over the outer half of the plate so he was able to get all of it.
However, the Czech Republic team wasn’t going away. In the top of the third, they tied the game with a home run of their own when Daniel Stoudek sent a drive to left field.
After the game, the manager for Czech Republic, Jan Gregor, said he thought his team represented Europe very well. “I’m proud of my team,” he said.
With the loss, Europe and Africa is eliminated from the tournament, but Canada will play on. Canada’s next game is Monday, Aug. 19 against the loser of the Latin America and Mexico game.