Denmark vs Canada 0:7 (0:2. 0:0, 0:4, 0:0, 0:1)
Despite the enthusiasm from their dugout, Denmark couldn’t get anything going against Canada’s pitching staff in game three of the WBSC Men’s World Softball Championship in Prague.
The duo of Cleary and Lieph tagged out for Canada on the pitching plate to record the shutout. Sean Cleary went 4.0 innings giving up 3 hits while striking out 7. Scott Lieph pitched a perfect inning, striking out 2 while walking 3 in the process.
Denmark’s starter, Jens Terkelsen, pitched 2.2 innings giving up 6 earned runs on as many hits. Lukas Lohmann closed out the game giving up 2 hits and a run.
At the plate it was left fielder Mathieu Roy’s day to have a game for himself. Over his 3 at bats, Roy fell one shy of the cycle hitting a single in the 1st, a solo homerun in the 3rd and a double in the 4th. Mathieu completes the first game of championship play literally batting 1.000.
Netherlands vs USA 3:5 (1:0, 1:0, 0:4, 1:0, 0:0, 0:1, 0:X)
It was a tight volley to the end here tonight at the Men’s World Softball Championship in Prague. After a full afternoon of runaway shutouts, heading into the bottom of the 6th with a 1 run difference between the teams made it feel like the sun never went down the atmosphere was so intense.
Team USA stuck with their starter, Antonio Mancha, through all 7. He gave up 2 earned runs off 6 hits while striking out 13. The Dutch split their pitching staff duties between Jeroen Mulder, who gave up 4 earned runs off 3 hits, and Jeffry Visser, who managed to hold the Americans to a single earned run through 3.2 innings of work.
The surprise this game was that there was no good time for a beer run with the #9 and #7 batters for America and The Netherlands respectively, being the highest producers on the night.
For the Dutch, Anthony Beaumont had 2 hits and had an RBI in his three trips but it was Yusef Davis Jr. who made the biggest impact on the board in the Americans’ 5-3 victory over The Kingdom of the Netherlands. Jr. went 2-3 with two runs off 2 hits and finished the game hitting .667.