USA Finishes Super Round 3-2, Awaits Outcome of CAN v. VEN and JPN v. MEX
USA Shortstop Braden DuCharme was 3 for 3 with 3 RBI, not to mention a great defensive play (see below). Australian catcher Oliver Stewart for 3 for 4, while Aussie shortstop Ky Hurst was 2 for 4. Australia led 2-1 into the 4th inning, when USA scored two to take the lead, 3-2. USA added an insurance run — one they would eventualy need, in the 6th for a 4-2 lead.
Braden DuCharme drove in one of the two runs in the 4th, and came through again in the 6th, driving in the insurance run.
On last call for Australia, third baseman Jye Robinson hit a solo homer to cut the lead to 4-3. Ky Hurst reached first on a bang-bang infield single, but USA hurler closed out the win with a strikeout and tapper back to the pitcher for the final out.
USA pitcher Cody Gibbons, who has thrown the vast majority of the USA game was stellar, scattering 9 hits over the 7 inning and holding Australia to three earned runs. Key to his win – 8 strikeouts and no walks. Australia’s Corie List went the distance as well, as striking out 8, though walking 6. He surrendered four runs, only two of which were earned.