Team Canada overcame a five-run deficit to edge Chinese-Taipei 9-8 in extra innings to advance to the second round of the IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup in Miyazaki, Japan on Tuesday.
The Canadian squad, which includes Fruitvale’s Ella Matteucci, trailed 6-1 after five and a half innings but a six-run bottom of the sixth set the stage for the comeback.
The Canadian women sealed the win with two runs in the bottom of the eighth including the walk-off base hit by catcher Stephanie Lavoie.
Matteucci wasn’t in the lineup for Tuesday’s dramatic win. She came on late in the game during Canada’s opening 11-0 win over the Netherlands on Monday going 0-for-1 and playing rightfield.
Canada is back in action today when it faces the United States in a battle of undefeated teams to wrap up Round 1 of the World Cup.
Canada’s Round 2 opponent with depend on today’s result.
However, Team Canada manager Andre Lachance was simply relishing Tuesday’s win, which highlighted his team’s tenacity.
“It’s something that everyone needs to know about Canada,” Lachance told reporters. “We’re never going to let anything go, we never quit and we always battle right to the end.”