Saturday, October 15, 2011

Australia clinches 5th Place

Team from Down Under decides Pitcher’s Duel against Korea

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Santiago, Panama. After being scoreless and winless after three games, Australia has come back to finish in fifth place in the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup. They defeated Korea 3-2 on Saturday morning in Santiago, Panama to become the fifth best team in the world. In a duel of four pitchers on each side, a run by Tim Kennely in the fourth inning turned out to be crucial. Mitchell Dening hit a solo homerun. Korea ends up in sixth place as the best team from Asia. 

Rain delayed the start of the game, but when the first pitches were thrown, Australia got on the board right away. With Stefan Welch and Mitchell Dening on first and third, they executed a double steal, surprised the Korean defense and Dening was safe at home with the first run of the game. But the Olympic champion answered and tied the game on a RBI single by Joo Hwan Choi in the top of the third, only getting behind again in the bottom half of the frame, when Dening sent a pitch over the fence in right field. Scott Wearne drove in Tim Kennely one inning later to make it 3-1. Korea would score one more time in the top of the fifth on a RBI fielder’s choice by Choi, but couldn’t celebrated another of their late comebacks.

On the mound Kable Hogben received the win in relief, as both managers choose to share the workload on several shoulders. Ji Wong Yoon took the loss.