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Pan Am-bound Canadians to play for 3rd place at baseball qualifier

Canada will play for third place at the Pan American Games baseball qualifying tournament after a 10-7 walkoff loss against the Dominican Republic in semifinal action on Saturday in Ibiúna, Brazil.

2-time defending champions face Nicaragua on Sunday at 7 a.m. ET

Eric Wood set the tone early for the Canadian men's baseball team on Saturday with a first-inning solo home run against the Dominican Republic at the Pan Am qualifying tournament. Canada led 3-0 after two innings but dropped a 10-7, 10-inning decision and will play for third place on Sunday against Nicaragua. (Lynne Sladky/Associated Press)

Canada will play for third place at the Pan American Games baseball qualifying tournament after a 10-7 walkoff loss against the Dominican Republic in semifinal action on Saturday in Ibiúna, Brazil.

The Canadians had already qualified for the Pan Am Games that runs this summer in Peru by finishing in the top four of the seven-nation qualifying tournament.

They will play Nicaragua on Sunday at 7 a.m. ET.

The Dominican Republic hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning for the victory on Saturday.

Canada scored two in the ninth to tie the game. Tristan Pompey hit a run-scoring single and Wes Darvil scored on an error on the same play.

Short-lived lead

Pompey also had an RBI groundout earlier in the game and Darvil also drove in a run. Dustin Houle hit a sacrifice fly, Adam Loewen hit a run-scoring triple and Eric Wood hit a solo homer for the Canadians in the first inning.

Canada led 3-0 after two innings but the Dominicans scored four in the third to take their first lead of the game.

Canada went ahead 5-4 but the Dominicans took a 6-5 lead on a two-run homer in the fifth.

Canada is the two-time defending gold medallist at the Pan Am Games. The team beat the Americans in Mexico in 2011 and again in Toronto in 2015.

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