United States and Canada Continue to Roll in Juniors

The United States has only given up three runs in their five wins, their pitching staff getting back to back shuout victories over the Bahamas (16-0) and Colombia (4-0).  When the team played Colombia, both teams came into the game with identical 3-0 records.  Carson Kelly pitched eight innings of shutout ball, striking out seven, to end the undefeated ranks for Colombia.  Carson Fulmer closed out the last inning to preserve the shutout.

Alex Bergman led the United States offense with two runs and an RBI with his two hits.  Albert Almora had three hits.  There were approximately 10,000 fans that attended the game to see the United States play the host country Colombia.

The Unites States then went out to maul the winless Bahamas 16-0.  The bats only needed four innings to compile their 16 runs.  Gavin Cecchini went 3 for 3, driving in three runs.  Cole Irvin and Hunter Virant combined to get the shutout, with Hunter going the last three innings without allowing a hit.  Cole only allowed one hit in his two innings of work.  The second consecutive shutout gives the pitching staff 15 straight innings without allowing a run.

You can read more about the games at http://web.usabaseball.com/news/archive.jsp

Canada had to battle with Venezuela to determine who would lose their first game out of pool play.  Canada just nipped Venezuela 4-3.  Five walks and a wild pitch allowed Canada to score their final two runs to make it 4-1.  Venezuela was also gift wrapped their final two runs, scoring on an error, hit batter, walk and wild pitch.  Jacob Robson was the offensive hero for Canada batting from the leadoff spot, getting two hits in three at bats, plus drawing two walks.

From Pool A Canada advances with Venezuela and Panama, going into the second round with a 2-0 record.  Venezeula defeated Panama in their game 3-2 so they will enter the second round 1-1 while Panama will be 0-2.  They will be joined by three teams in pool B - the United States who has a makeup game with Puerto Rico is the only team that has clinched advancement.  Puerto Rico can advance if they upset the United States, but if they don’t they have to hope that Colombia and Mexico lose to their opponents Bahamas and Argentina, neither who have won a game.

You can see more details on the game at http://www.baseball.ca/eng_news_story.cfm?NewsID=2036 plus a look at the standings and other scores at: http://www.baseball.ca/files/Americas%20World%20Junior%20Scedhule%20Scores%20Stadings.pdf

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