Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Van Ostrand Leads Canada Past Germany 16-7 in World Baseball Classic Qualifying

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Van Ostrand Leads Canada Past Germany 16-7 in World Baseball Classic Qualifying

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Van Ostrand leads Canada past Germany

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REGENSBURG, Germany - Jimmy Van Ostrand slugged two of Canada's five home runs in a 16-7 rout of Germany on Saturday to move within one victory of the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Van Ostrand collected four hits, three runs and five RBIs, while Rene Tosini blasted a pinch-hit grand slam and Tyson Gillies and Jordan Lennerton each added home runs for the Ernie Whitt's team.

Adam Loewen and Shawn Bowman each collected three of Canada's 21 hits while Sheldon McDonald picked up the win in relief.

"A four-hour game, that says it all. What a game," said Whitt. "We threw too many pitchers. When you fall behind, hitters hit the ball. You have to give Germany a lot of credit. The score doesn't indicate how the game was played.

"Our goal coming in was to win three games. We haven't accomplished that yet. We will see who we play on Monday."

Canada will play in the deciding game for a spot in the 2013 Classic on Monday against the winner of Sunday's game between Germany and Great Britain.

Gillies knew the host Germans would provide a challenge.

"We knew it was going to be a battle. We had a good start but we knew we couldn't let up," he said. "They came out ready to play. And I told our guys they would. They wouldn't just give it to us."

Added German manager Greg Frady: "It was disappointing to lose this game, but the tournament is not over."

Canada didn't waste any time with their offence, scoring three runs in the first inning. Gillies and Brock Kjeldgaard walked to open the game and one batter later Van Ostrand crushed an Alex Burgos offering over the left-field wall for a three-run home run.

Germany showed they have some bats as well, scoring three runs in the bottom of the second to knot the game at 3-3. Eric Suttle and Matt Vance hit back-to-back singles to the opposite field and Canadian right-fielder Loewen threw off target at home both times, allowing three runs to score. …

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