Team Canada has improved to a record of four wins and zero losses at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation Olympic qualifier in Surrey, British Columbia. On Thursday, Team Canada trounced the Bahamas 18-0 and have now outscored their 57-0 over four games of competition.
In Canada’s lopsided win over the Bahamas, Eujenna Caira of Toronto, Ontario pitched four outstanding innings and only gave up one hit and one walk. She had eight strikeouts, and of her 57 pitches, 39 pitches were strikes.
Offensively, Jennifer Salling of Burnaby, British Columbia and Erika Polidori of London, Ontario each led Canada with four runs batted in. Polidori, Holly Speers of Surrey, British Columbia and Larissa Franklin of Maple Ridge, British Columbia each led Canada with three runs, while Polidori, Franklin, Janet Leung of Mississauga, Ontario and Joanne Lye of Toronto, Ontario led Canada with three hits.
Team Canada had 18 hits, of which nine were extra base hits. All three of Polidori’s hits were doubles, while Lye had two doubles. Franklin had a double and a home run, while Salling and Kelsey Jenkins of North Delta, British Columbia each had a double.
Canada’s wins over Puerto Rico and Cuba now carry over into the super round. Over the next three days, Canada will now face the top three teams in Group B. They will face Venezuela on Friday, Mexico on Saturday and Brazil on Sunday. The top two teams from the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation Olympic qualifier represents the Americas at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.