The Canadian Men’s Slo-Pitch Team jumped out to an early lead in the fourth edition of the Border Battle between Canada and the United States, but a 20-run inning by the Americans was enough to give them the 32-21 win.
The Canadians scored four runs in the first inning, led by Welland’s Jeff Falardeau, Todd Cadenhead (Vaughan, ON) and Claude Chiasson (Ste-Julie, QC) who all hit homeruns and spotted Canada an early 4-0 lead.
In the second inning, Canada scored three runs as Chris Parr (Chilliwack, BC) hit a three-run shot over the right center field wall. After two complete innings of play, Canada led 7-4. In the third, Canada added two more runs to lead 9-4 as the defence held the strong Americans to no runs in the bottom of the third inning.
With the momentum on their side, Canada added nine more runs highlighted by two more homeruns, one by Chris Parr and another by Todd Cadenhead. However, Team USA finally found its groove and put up 20 runs in the bottom fourth to take a 24-18 lead. In the fifth, the Canadian team had another two-run blast by Todd Cadenhead to cut the lead to 24-20 as the USA was held scoreless once again. Canada was also held scoreless in the sixth while the Americans added eight more runs to their lead. A homerun by Luc Chauvette (Trois-Rivieres, QC) was all the Canadians could put together in the top of the seventh and USA prevailed.
Canada pounded out 26 hits in the game.