Canada rally fails, eliminated with loss to Curacao at Little League World Series

The dream run is over for Vancouver’s Little Mountain Little Leaguers who, despite a desperate sixth-inning rally, were beaten 4-2 on Tuesday and knocked out of title contention by a well-rounded side from Willemstad, Curacao.

Canada, who beat North Brisbane, Australia 7-0 and Takarazuka, Japan 6-0 earlier in the 75th Little League World Series, then saw the bats go cold in a 10-0 loss to Matamoros, Mexico. The Vancouver team had just five scatter hits against Curacao.

Lucas Weisser, Canada’s starting pitcher, went 3.2 innings and had three strikeouts. Unfortunately, he walked six times which gave Curacao a few early runs. In fact, Curacao only had five hits in the entire game, but scored twice in the first inning and left the bases loaded. They scored two more runs in the third and then let their pitchers and defense guide them to victory.

Canada had chances to score in the third, fourth and sixth innings, but failed to make timely hits, blocking five base runners.

Curaçao plays Wednesday against Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. Curacao started their tournament by beating Nicaragua 2-0, before losing 9-3 to Panama and bouncing back with a tense 1-0 win over Italy.

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