Jeff Ellsworth had a big day Thursday to help Canada lock up first place in Pool B by defeating Netherlands 7-0 in five innings at the International Softball Federation men's world championship.
The Brooklyn native was 3-for-3 with two homeruns, a single and three runs batted.
Pitcher Jason Hill, from St. John's, fired a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
Ellsworth gave Canada the lead with a two-out solo shot to right in the bottom of the first inning. He added another in the bottom of the third and had a run-scoring single in the fourth.
Canada (6-1) finished first in Pool B and will open the playoff round against Venezuela (5-2; second place in Pool A) at 3 a.m. AT Friday.
Both teams have earned double lives in the playoff round.