CANADA TAKES GAME 3
PERTH, AUSTRALIA Four runs in the fourth inning was the difference for the Senior National Team in the third exhibition game against the Perth Heat as they would take the win by a score of 8-2.
The Canadians opened the scoring in the top of the first inning as Matt Rogelstad (New Westminster, BC), after hitting a triple, came in to score on the RBI single from Mike Saunders (Victoria, BC).
The Heat would tie the game in the bottom half of the first inning and then take the lead in the third inning after Lachlan Dale hit an RBI single to score Daniel Floyd to make the score 2-1.
The Canadians would immediately respond in the fourth inning. After Nick Weglarz (Stevensville, ON) singled and Jimmy VanOstrand (Richmond, BC) reached on an error, Taylor Green (Courtenay, BC) would hit an RBI single to score Weglarz and tie the game.
With two runners on and no outs in the fourth, Emerson Frostad (Calgary, AB) hit a three-run home run to put the Canadians ahead for good, and make the score at the time 5-2.
“I got a slider and I was just trying to put a good swing on it and luckily it went out and it was a big inning for us,” says Frostad. The Canadians added one run in the eighth inning and two in the ninth inning for insurance and to complete the scoring. Offensively, Frostad was 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI and Rogelstad was 2-for-5 with a double, triple, two RBI and a run scored.
On the mound, Jamie Richmond (Mississauga, ON) earned the victory, allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts in five innings of work.
“I went out there and threw some strikes, got some ground balls and the defense played great, so it went pretty good,” says Richmond.
In relief, the combination of Mike Kusiewicz (Ottawa, ON), R.J. Swindle (Vancouver, BC) and Mike Johnson (Edmonton, AB) held the Heat to one hit with four strikeouts.
“We hit the ball consistently. Got some big hits, which was key because you never know where you’re going to get it. Hits can come from anywhere from our lineup which is the beauty of our lineup,” says SNT Field Manager Terry Puhl on the performance of the team.
The Senior National Team will play its final exhibition game on Friday, November 3 at 6:30 pm against the Perth Heat at the Perth Baseball Park.
Manager, Media/Public Relations
BASEBALL CANADA 3 November 2007