Even before their last group game on Wednesday afternoon in West Palm Beach, the Canadian baseball team had already made sure to make it to the “super round” in the America’s qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games. Tokyo.
A 5-0 loss to Venezuela simply means that Canada will face the United States instead of the Dominican Republic, as Thursday’s next round begins, which involves the last four nations fighting for a laissez-faire.
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It was by winning by a score of 6 to 5 against Cuba on Tuesday night in Port St. Lucie that Canada managed to take the first step. The Canadians (2-1) now continue the fight with the Americans, the Dominicans and the surprising Venezuelans, the latter has gone undefeated in three matches in Group B.
In Wednesday’s match, Canada became acquainted with the Venezuelan shooters, who limited the Maple Leaf representatives to a single hit of nine innings.
Malo and uniform
Quebecer Jonathan Malo, who had been entitled to half a set in defense to complete the match against Cuba the day before, was in training on Wednesday. Playing in the second pad, he made three batting appearances, and hit a turn, in the third round. Canada then threatened with two runners on the trails, but the team could not take advantage.
Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico are the clubs eliminated at the end of the first phase. For Cuba, this is the first time the baseball team has been absent from the Olympic tournament since the discipline’s initial appearance in 1992 as a medal-winning sport.