THE Australian Emeralds, featuring Kiama’s Maddison Tabrett, have fallen short of Canada in a thrilling Group B contest at the Women’s Baseball World Cup in Florida on Sunday.
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A four-run fourth put Australia up 6-3 before Canada scored six unanswered runs to seal a 9-6 win at USSSA Space Sports Complex.
The loss hurt the Emeralds’ hopes of reaching the Super Round with a clash against unbeaten Japan to round out the group stage tomorrow.
Australia can qualify even if they fail to end Japan’s 25-game winning streak at the World Cup but would have to rely on other results going their way.
Lead-off hitter Shae Lillywhite had two hits – including a first-inning triple – against Canada.
Catcher Tahnee Lovering was responsible for two runs scoring after walking and getting hit by a pitch.
The Emeralds backed this loss up by falling to Japan in their final Group B game at the Women’s Baseball World Cup in Florida on Monday.
The 5-1 loss to Japan – combined with Hong Kong’s comeback win over Cuba – ended the Emeralds’ hopes of reaching the Super Round.
Australia fell behind in the bottom of the first before halving Japan’s advantage in the second.
Taylah Welch hit a lead-off double and scored on a double from Morgan Doty.
Japan padded its lead with a three-run third
Australia finished level with Japan on six hits.
Bronwyn Gell was responsible for two of the hits.
Reliever Kim McMillan worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings for the Emeralds.
Australia’s first consolation game will be played on Wednesday morning, with its opponent to be determined when Group A action concludes.
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