Jason Hill of St. John’s gave Canada all the offence it needed to remain unbeaten at the WBSC world men’s fast pitch championship in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, hitting a two-run homer in a 2-1 win over Venezuela.
Both teams entered the game with 4-0 records, but it was the Canadians who retained their perfect record despite managing just three hits.
Two of them came in the second inning, and they both came off the bats of Newfoundlanders.
Freshwater, Placentia native Stephen Mullally led off the inning with a single and one out later, Hill jumped on the first pitch he saw, blasting a line drive over the right-field fence.
That was enough for Canadian pitcher Devon McCullough (4H, 2W), who struck out 13 batters in a complete-game performance.
Hill, who was the designated player Tuesday, and Mullaley, who played first base, both also drew walks in the game. They are two of seven Newfoundlanders on the Canadian roster.
Catcher Ryan Boland of Goulds and centerfielder Brad Ezekiel of Harbour Main also played against Venezuela. Shortstop Shane Boland of Goulds, pitcher Sean Cleary of Harbour Main and infielder/outfielder Kyle Ezekiel of Holyrood had the day off.
John Hill of St. John’s and Les Howey of Conception Bay South are assistant coaches for Canada, which takes on Singapore today and closes out its preliminary-round schedule against South Africa on Thursday.
Tuesday’s result means Venezuela falls into a second-place tie with Australia, also at 4-1 in the tourney, being played at Prague and Havlickuv Brod.