U.S. Rolls Over Canada for Gold

The United States trounced Canada 12-2 to win the gold medal in the 18 and under junior’s tournament in Cartegena, Colombia, exacting some revenge for the Canadian defeat of the United States senior team in Mexico last month.  Canada scored first in the opening frame to make the score 1-0, but the United States was like a waterfall, cascading seven runs in the bottom frame.  Addison Russell had the big hit with the grand slam homerun, the first homerun of the tournament for the United States team.  With the effectiveness of the United States pitching staff, it was all over after that.

Pitcher Carson Kelly had two runs in the second inning by roping a 2-run double, then shut down the Canadian bats for six innings, allowing only two runs and four hits.  The United States ended the game in the eighth with two more runs on four consecutive hits to invoke the 10-run slaughter rule.

Russell ended up scoring three times in addition to his four RBIs.  Carson Kelly had a pretty good offensive day to add to his pitching dominance, finishing the game 3 for 3.  Albert Almora was voted the MVP of the tournament.  The United States dominated the all star selections with six of the 10 representatives.  The all star team is below:

Pitcher: Jesse Winker (USA)
Catcher: Raphael Barbosa (BRA)
First Base: Daniel Pinero (CAN)
Second Base: Gavin Cecchini (USA)
Third Base: Alex Bregman (USA)
Shortstop: Addison Russell (USA)
Left Field: Brett Sidall (CAN)
Center Field: Albert Almora (USA)
Right Field: Carlos Arroyo (VEN)
Coach: Scott Brosius (USA)
The United States, Canada, Venezuela and Panama were the four teams that qualified for the Junior World Championships to be played in Korea.

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