Final Olympic Qualifier Roundup

The final three teams to qualify for the Olympics had already been determined before the day’s games began, but the last day of the final Olympic qualifying tournament provided the closest set of games yet.

Canada, South Korea and Taiwan had already clinched Olympic berths at the tournament with the three best records in the tournament, but Canada  put its stamp on the tournament with a first-place finish after defeating Germany 2-1. South Korea also finished with a 6-1 record by beating Taiwan 4-3, but Canada held the tie-breaker with a win over South Korea earlier in the tournament.

Germany nearly pulled off the upset against Canada, but Canada’s Emerson Frostad drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning to push Canada to victory. Canada righthanders Brooks McNiven and Jamie Richmond each threw four innings before Steve Green shut Germany out for the final two innings, with lone German run coming in the top of the sixth against Richmond.

South Africa, which had been shut out in four of its previous six games, had its offense come alive against Australia (with the help from four errors by Australia), but Australia still prevailed 13-11. South Africa scored seven runs in the bottom of the second to take a 7-4 lead, but Australia evened the game at 7-7 in the top of the third and added two more runs in the fourth to take a 9-7 lead and never trailed again in the game. Twins third baseman Luke Hughes went 2-for-3 for Australia with a home run, a stolen base and three runs scored.

Mexico held Spain to three hits and picked up a 2-1 victory.

Canada 6-1
South Korea 6-1
Taiwan 5-2
Mexico 4-3
Australia 4-3
Germany 2-5
Spain 1-6
South Africa 0-7