A three-run 12th inning proved to be the difference yesterday as Australia outlasted Canada, 6-3, in the longest game ever played in the four-year history of the Cal Ripken World Series.
"We are very happy to get a game under our belts, especially a win," said Australian coach Greg Kent, who used 14 of his 15 players while his counterpart used his entire roster of 11. "We have some depth, so we are still confident about our pitching."
In a game that spanned three hours and 25 minutes, pitching dominated with seven pitchers between the two teams recording a combined 45 strikeouts.
Leading the way for Australia was Joshua Collis, who was 2-for-5 with three runs scored and picked up the win in relief. Collis threw four scoreless innings to close out the game, yielding only two hits, striking out two and not walking a batter.
Down by a run in its final at-bat in the top of the sixth, Australia got a double by Collis and a single to center by Chris Lamb to tie the game at 3.
After Australia scored in the top of the eighth to make it 4-3, Canada came back to tie it when a return throw from catcher Mike Arnold to pitcher David Kandilas went awry and allowed the alert Brooklyn Foster to race home from third.
Australia used two hits and an error to score three runs in the decisive 12th inning.
David Arnold and Michael Arnold of Australia are identical twins and both are catchers. Mike caught yesterday while David played third. And Australian infielder Mitchell Nilsson is the son of Bob Nilsson, whose brother, Dave Nilsson played with the Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers. ... Mexico went to 2-0 with a 3-2 victory over the Dominican Republic (0-1) to take command in the International division. Jose Sillas Caraz went five innings to get the win. Miguel Rodriguez Castillo homered for Mexico, as did Hector Mejias for the losers. In the first game of the day, Keene, N.H., edged West Linn, Ore., 1-0, as Chad Rafferty, the winning pitcher, scored the only run on a wild pitch in the first inning. ... Beau Flinchum did the honors yesterday by throwing Glen Allen, Va.'s second straight no-hitter in a 10-0 win over South County, Mo. Flinchum's gem came after a late Saturday night 20-0 no-hit win over host Aberdeen. Jacob Mayers had a grand slam against South County.