CANADIANS SWEEP EXHIBITION SERIES
PERTH, AUSTRALIA The Senior National Team's offence came up with another big inning and the pitchers and defence held off the Perth Heat to come out on top and sweep the series with a 10-6 win.
With the score 4-3 for the Heat in the sixth inning, the Canadians put across six runs to take the lead and keep it.
Jimmy VanOstrand (Richmond, BC), Taylor Green (Courtenay, BC) and Emerson Frostad (Calgary, AB) drew back to back to back walks which brought Jeremy Ware (Guelph, ON) to the plate. Ware hit a single to drive in VanOstrand and tie the game.
With the bases loaded and the score 5-4 after Emmanuel Garcia (Montreal, QC) drew a bases loaded walk, Matt Rogelstad (New Westminster, BC) hit a triple to clear the bases and give Canada an 8-4 lead. Rogelstad would later score on a sacrifice fly by Jamie Romak (London, ON).
"The pitcher threw me a strike up in the zone and I was able to put some good wood on it," says Rogelstad of his sixth inning triple. "Today was my best day offensively of the five days we've been here, which is a good sign heading into the tournament."
In the seventh inning, Frostad hit his second home run in as many days to complete the scoring for the Canadians.
“I’m starting to see the ball a lot better and just trying to be patient and get good pitches to hit,” says Frostad. “I’m really felling confident going in (the tournament).”
“We’re about as ready as we can possibly be,” says SNT Field Manager Terry Puhl. “Our pitching is going to determine how well we do in the tournament and our hitting has done a really great job so far.”
The Senior National Team has an off day before heading to Taiwan for the 2007 IBAF World Cup. Canada plays its first game on Wednesday, November 7 at 6:30 pm against Korea.
BASEBALL CANADA 3 November 2007