WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The USA is just a victory away from qualifying for the Olympic baseball tournament, after defeating Canada 10-1 on Friday night in a game that required a break of 30 minutes in the eighth handle. A game that was originally considered a two-run homerun, has been changed to an RBI double.
The Americans (2-0) can advance to the Olympics if they beat Venezuela (1-1) on Saturday night in Port St. Lucie. If the United States loses, its place in this tournament will be a draw.
Dominican Republic (1-1) meets Canada (0-2) on Saturday in West Palm Beach.
Phillies potential Luke Williams had a solo homerun and a two-run double. He only needed a triple to start a carousel.
Todd Frazier hit a two-run homerun that shortened an eighth inning in seven races, and former Olympic sprinter Eddy Alvarez had a productive triple.
With a score of 2-1 in the eighth round and Logan Forsythe on the first pillow after hitting a turn, Red Sox prospects hit Triston Casas a ball that hit the top of the wall in the midfielder and bounced off the temporary wall behind, so that right plays Jesse Hodges to recover the ball.
Puerto Rican Rubén Ramos originally called for home runs, but the referees decided to check out the video play, and Venezuelan referee Elvin Jiménez eventually ruled for a double, but allowed Forsythe to score.
Canada manager Ernie Whitt protested, claiming it should have been a double, and Forsythe should have stopped at the third cushion. But because Hodges recovered the ball from the top of the wall, the referees decided it was still in play and allowed Forsythe to score.
The video playback, discussions with executives and the fact that Whitt called in Travis Seabrooke to take over caused a delay of half an hour.
The winner of this tournament will join Japan, Israel, Mexico and South Korea in the Olympic baseball tournament, which will be played from July 28 to August 7 in Fukushima and Yokohama.
The teams finishing second and third will have one last chance to secure a ticket to the Olympics at a qualifying tournament in Mexico later this month, along with Australia, the Netherlands and Taiwan.