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World fastpitch championship: Newfoundland's Cleary leads Canadian men as they sink team from Down Under

Sean Cleary — Softball Canada file photo
Sean Cleary — Softball Canada file photo

National team improves to 3-0 at event in Czech Republic; next game is against Americans today

The Canadian national senior men’s softball team, which features seven Newfoundlanders on the playing roster and another coach, improved to 3-0 at the world men’s fastpitch championship Sunday in the Czech Republic with a 4-1 win over Australia.

The Canadians are tied for first in Pool B with Venezuela.

Sean Cleary of Harbour Main scattered two hits and struck out 10 for the Canadians. Cleary allowed a couple of walks.

Brad Ezekiel of Harbour Main had a pair of hits. Stephen Mullaley of Freshwater and Jason Hill and Ryan Boland of St. John’s also played, while Kyle Ezekiel and Shane Boland, younger brothers of Brad and Ryan, didn’t see any action against the Aussies

On Saturday, the Canadians thumped the Netherlands 12-0 in four innings. Mullaley hit a two-run home run and Shane Boland, Brad Ezekiel and Kyle Ezekiel each recorded base hits.

Canada opened the tournament Thursday with a 7-0 win over Denmark.

The Canadians take on the 2-1 United States today.

In addition to the players, John Hill of St. John’s and Conception Bay South resident Les Howey, a Saskatchewan native, are assistants to head coach John Stuart.

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