Team Canada wins critical game over Australia at U18 baseball cup
Canada plays Nicaragua on Thursday
A critical win over Australia on Tuesday night has kept Team Canada's playoff hopes alive at the Under-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Canada's 8-2 win over Australia puts the host nation at a 2-2 record for the opening round. The team, however, still has a game in hand due to a weather-related postponement on the weekend.
That game goes Wednesday at 5 p.m., and will see Canada face off at Port Arthur Stadium against 0-4 Nicaragua.
Win today critical
If Canada wins their game against Nicaragua, they'll be tied at 3-2 with Chinese Taipei and Australia in Group A (Korea, at 4-0, has already clinched their playoff spot), and their passage through to the playoffs will be determined under the WBSC's tie-breaking regulations.
The top three teams in each group make it through to the playoff round.
The other game on Wednesday's schedule will see Mexico face South Africa at 1 p.m., also at the stadium.
The playoff round starts Thursday.