There was no shocker yesterday on the international side of the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen as Mexico reeled off its fifth consecutive win, 3-1 over Canada, to advance to the International championship game.
Mexico will play Australia at 1 p.m. today for the chance to play tomorrow in the World Series final.
Mexico had outscored its opponents 34-3 in five games, but ran into a Canadian team that was one of three 2-2 International squads and played tough.
Canada hung on in the elimination game despite losing its starting pitcher and cleanup batter, Stosh Wawrzasek, in the second inning when he was hit by Nestor Lopez Zamora, who went all the way on a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts for his second win in the series.
Minutes after being cared to, Wawrzasek walked with his mother to a waiting ambulance behind the fence in right field. He was taken to Harbor Memorial Hospital as a precaution.
Mexico took a 3-0 lead into the top of the fifth when some shoddy defense (two errors) led to fourth-seeded Canada's only run off Zamora.
Australia 5, Dominican Republic 1: Joshua Collis' double into the gap in left-center sparked a five-run seventh inning as third-seeded Australia upset the second-seeded Dominican Republic in the first elimination game.
Australia avenged a 7-4 loss in pool play. Collis' double off William Pichardo scored Mike Arnold, who had singled to center with one out, from first base for the first run of the game.
Australia had a 13-hit attack, with Collis, Arnold, David Arnold, Jamie Gianchou and John Blaskett getting two hits each and igniting the decisive inning. All five scored in the seventh.
Australia advanced to today's 1 p.m. International championship game against top-seeded Mexico, which won the round-robin meeting, 10-0.
Sun staff writer Chris Bowen contributed to this article.