Chicago Cubs’ Wes Darvill slides home to score from third on a wild pitch by Chicago White Sox reliever Ronald Belisario, right, in the seventh inning of a spring exhibition baseball game Friday, March 21, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Langley’s Darvill hits grand slam as Canadian baseball team beats Colombia 10-3 at Pan Ams

Several B.C. athletes competing in Lima, Peru

Wes Darvill of Langley hit a grand slam in a six-run sixth inning and Canada moved a step closer to defending its Pan American Games baseball title with a 10-3 win over Colombia on Thursday.

The win gave Canada a 3-0 record in preliminary round-play. That means the Canadians will have a 1-0 headstart entering super round on Friday.

“We’re right where we want to be,” Canada manager Ernie Whitt said. “Our ultimate goal is to win a gold medal and anything short of that I’d be disappointed.”

The top two teams in each group after the preliminary round advance to the super round, with teams carrying over their results against the other teams advancing. With Canada winning Group B and Colombia (2-1) finishing second, the Canadians carry a win into the next round.

The top two teams in Group A had yet to be determined.

Trailing 1-0 in the sixth, Canada caught a break as Toronto’s Connor Panas reached second base on a dropped pop-up by Colombia’s second baseman and came around to score the tying run two batters later when Tristan Pompey of Mississauga, Ont., bounced a single through the middle of the infield.

Canada then took the lead in the sixth when Tyson Gillies of Vancouver drew a walk with the bases loaded setting up Darvill’s grand slam that banged off the foul pole in left field.

“Wes’s home run was a big momentum shift that worked in our favour,” Whitt said. “In these tournaments you have to execute, not make mistakes and then you have a chance to win.”

Jordan Lennerton, also of Langley, added a three-run homer in the eighth as Canada piled up 14 hits.

Scott Richmond of North Vancouver, B.C., struck out five in picking up the win.

Canada beat the United States 7-6 in a wild gold-medal game at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Canada trailed by a run entering the bottom of the 10th, but scored the tying and winning runs on a botched pick-off attempt and a second throwing error.

Diving

Montreal’s Jennifer Abel and partner Pamela Ware of Ville Lemoyne, Que., claimed gold in the women’s 3-metre synchronized springboarg, the same event the duo finished fourth in at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“It was a blast from the past. Today I felt really good and I think she did too,” said Ware.

Cycling

Amelia Walsh of Milton, Ont., and Kelsey Mitchell of Sherwood Park, Alta., took silver in women’s track team sprint.

“A medal is a medal, I’ll take it. I competed in Toronto 2015 in BMX and it wasn’t good at all, so this is a very big step up. I’m really happy,” said Walsh.

Field hockey

Canada blanked the United States 4-0 in men’s action behind a pair of goals from Vancouver’s Gordie Johnston. Mark Pearson of Tsawwassen, B.C., and James Kirkpatrick of Vancouver also scored while David Carter, also of Vancouver, picked up the shutout. Canada (2-0) next faces winless Peru with a chance to lock up top spot in Pool B.

Badminton

Michelle Li of Markham, Ont., advanced to the women’s final with a 2-0 (21-10, 21-5) win over Iris Wang of the United States. Toronto’s Brian Yang moved on to the men’s final with a win over Guatemala’s Kevin Cordon (retired). Rachel Honderich of Toronto and Kristen Tsai of Surrey, B.C., moved on to the women’s doubles final with a 2-0 (21-5, 21-8) win over a team from Brazil. And Tsai and Nyl Yakura of Pickering, Ont., are through to the mixed doubles final after a 2-0 (21-15, 21-15) win over a pair from the United States.

Honderich and Jason Ho-Shue of Markham, Ont., were in singles semifinal action later Thursday, Ho-Shue were in a men’s doubles semifinal, and Toronto’s Joshua Hurlburt-Yu and Josephine Wu of Edmonton were in a mixed doubles semifinal.

Surfing

Mathea Dempfle-Olin of Tofino, B.C., (12.03 points) defeated American Tiare Thompson (10.36) in the third round of the women’s longboard main draw. Catherine Bruhwiler of was eliminated in the second wound of the women’s singles repechage.

The Canadian Press

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