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IN THE HUNT – Team Australia celebrates after their 2-1 victory over the Dominican Republic in Pool A play during the Men’s World Softball Championship this morning. The game was scheduled for yesterday evening, but was played this morning after a rain delay. Australia will face top-ranked Canada at 7 tonight.

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STEP UP – Ryan Cristopher Bann of South Africa steps up to bat during their game this morning against Hong Kong. South Africa won 10-0 after four innings.

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REACH – Dominican Republic’s Pablo Figuereo catches a fly ball this morning during their game against Australia.

Australia still in hunt for top-two spot in Pool A

After this morning’s win over the Dominican Republic,

By Marissa Tiel on July 11, 2017

After this morning’s win over the Dominican Republic, Australia continues to gun for a top-two spot in Pool A action at the 2017 Men’s World Softball Championship.

Australia won the game 2-1, which was rescheduled for this morning after a rain delay Monday night.

“It still gives us that opportunity to finish in the 1-2 spot and that’s what we’re striving for,” said Australia coach Laing Harrow. “We have to keep winning.”

The team faces a challenge tonight when they take on Canada, which remains undefeated in pool play.

“Canada has got some outstanding hitters,” said Harrow. “They’re going to have a lot of crowd support so we just know we have to show up and be prepared to play.”

Harrow suspects they will need more than the two runs they scored this morning against the Dominican Republic to beat Canada.

Until that game at 7 p.m., the Australians will enjoy some rest and recovery as they ease out the lactic acid with a visit to the pool at the Canada Summer Games.

Tonight, he said, “We’ll put everything at them and give it our best shot.”

The Dominican Republic next plays the United States at 5:30 tonight.

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