Regensburg, Germany-Team Canada will play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic next March after a dominant 11-1 victory over host Germany.
Chris Robinson (Dorchester, ON) made a statement that Canada came to play when he drilled a two-run homer to left in the bottom of the first.
Canada went on to score two more runs in the first and add another three in the second to jump out to a 7-0 lead.
Jimmy Van Ostrand (Richmond, BC) had an RBI double in the second and later scored on a two-run shot to left field off the bat of Adam Loewen (Surrey, BC).
Van Ostrand then put the Canadians up by eight with his fourth home run of the tournament in the third.
Canadians starter Andrew Albers (North Battleford, SK) gave his team six solid innings on the mound to earn the win giving up only one run which came on a solo homer.
Albers fanned three, while only allowing two hits.
Canada ended the game via the mercy-rule in the bottom of the eighth with a three-run inning that saw Shawn Bowman (Port Moody, BC) smoke a two-run double to left-field and score the winning run from third on a sac-fly in foul territory from Skyler Stromsmoe (Bow Island, AB).
“We came here knowing that we had to win three games and we accomplished our goal,” said Canadian Manager Ernie Whitt. “I can’t say enough about this team-they’re gamers, they’re guys that play hard with pride and passion.
“It makes my job easy as a Manager and we’re just happy that we’re moving on.”