Canada downs Venezuela 6-1, advances to women's baseball final at Pan Am Games

AJAX, Ont. — Canada's women's baseball team will play for a gold-medal on Sunday following a 6-1 win over Venezuela at the Pan American Games on Saturday night.

Canada will face the U.S. Sunday afternoon in the gold-medal game. The Canadians lost 3-1 to the Americans in preliminary round action on Friday.

With the loss, Venezuela takes home bronze.

The Canadians blew open the game with a six-run fifth inning highlighted by a two-run Rebecca Hartley single.

Right-hander Autumn Mills pitched a complete game four-hitter, allowing one earned run while striking out three.

Venezuela opened the scoring in the fifth.

Left-fielder Migreily Angulo led off with a double to left centre field. Two batters later, Leonela Reyes's bloop single to centre scored Angulo.

Canada responded in the bottom half of the inning.

After back-to-back walks, Jennifer Gilroy hit into what should've been a routine double play. Daily Gimenez misplayed the ground ball at third, allowing Kelsey Lalor to score from second tying the game 1-1.

Two batters later, Hartley drove home a pair of runs with a single to centre field. Nicole Luchanski followed up with an RBI single giving Canada a 4-1 lead.

Venezuelan right-hander Esquia Rengel pitched part of five innings allowing four runs, three earned, on two hits while walking two and striking out one.

With right-hander Giddelys Cumana on in relief, Canada continued to add to its lead.

Amanda Asay singled to right giving the host nation a 5-1 lead. Kelsey Lalor, who led off the inning with a walk, scored Luchanski on a sacrifice fly.

The Canadians defeated Venezuela 9-3 in their second game of the preliminary round.

Canada finished the preliminary round with a 3-1 record, second behind only the Americans who went a perfect 4-0.

The Canadian Press