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Canada awarded bronze medal

Panama City, Panama-Canada and the United States will both be given bronze medals following the cancellation of the bronze medal game at the 39th IBAF World Cup.

Heavy rain started to fall prior to the 11am CT start time and lasted nearly two hours. Every effort was made to play the game but once the rain stopped it was determined by tournament officials that the field was in no condition to play.

“Obviously we would have preferred to win the medal by playing the game on the field,” said Canadian Manager, Ernie Whitt. “I am very proud of this group and the way in which they performed during the tournament. This is a great day for Baseball Canada.”

This marks the second consecutive World Cup that Canada has medalled as they also won bronze at the 2009 World Cup in Italy. The bronze medal in 2009 was the first medal of any kind that Canada has won in the history of the IBAF World Cup.

Canada will be awarded their bronze medals this evening at the closing ceremonies which follows the gold medal game between Cuba and the Netherlands.

Players, coaches and staff will travel to Lagos de Moreno, Mexico tomorrow morning in advance of the Pan Am Games which take place October 19-25. Canada will open the tournament on October 19th against Puerto Rico at 9am CT.

Jonathan Malo (Joliette, QC) was named to the tournamnet All-Star Team at shortstop. Malo led Canada with a .382 average at the plate, collected thirteen hits and played exceptional defence while starting every game for Canada.

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