The Canadian baseball team saw hopes for the Olympics in Tokyo soar on Saturday afternoon in Florida after a 6-5 loss to the Dominican Republic.
“Of course it’s a disappointment, it’s our Olympic dream that is gone,” Quebecer Jonathan Malo testified when contacted by phone after this heartbreaking setback. We believed in it, and it was played out on small things. Still, you must be very proud to have fought. ”
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Canada need not be ashamed of their performance in this qualifying tournament in America, having reached the “super round” after winning two matches, against Colombia and against Cuba, in the group stage.
While a 5-0 loss to Venezuela in the opening round already put Canada in a precarious position, setbacks to the United States and the Dominican Republic on Friday and Saturday eventually resulted in their elimination.
“We knew it would be difficult to get the only pass for Tokyo in this tournament, but the goal was to advance to the next qualifying tournament. [NDLR: en terminant en deuxième ou en troisième position], for his part, said Josué Peley, another Quebec player in the formation. It’s a disappointment, however, the coaches said they were proud of us. ”
“It’s an experience I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Peley, “of this Florida adventure that began a few seasons before the Americans. It’s the fact that I’ve played with and against players who belong to bigger baseball, but it’s also been able to share it with my friend Jo. “
Two circuits for Pinero
As for Saturday’s game, the Canadian team had still taken the lead 3-0 at the end of the first set against the Dominicans.
However, pitcher Andrew Albers, who had been perfect in seven rounds in the match against Colombia earlier in the tournament, allowed three runs in four rounds at work. Reliever Scott Mathieson is the one credited for the loss.
Canada regained the lead with one race early in the eighth round, but the Dominican Republic responded with two races in the battle round. Reliever Jairo Asencio then closed the books in the ninth round.
In the loss, we must highlight the great game of Ontarian Daniel Pinero, who had three hits, including two home runs. He thus produced four of Canada’s five points.