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Delta pitcher wearing Canadian colours in Florida this week

Carson Latimer among five B.C. players on national team roster for 12 country tournament
Carson Latimer
Carson Latimer (centre) celebrating with his then Delta Tiger teammates after winning the B.C. Minor 15U AAA provincial title back in 2019. This week the 18-year-old is pitching for Team Canada at the U-18 Baseball World Cup in Florida.

A former standout with the Delta Blue Jays is wearing Team Canada colours this week at the U-18 Baseball World Cup in Florida.

Pitcher Carson Latimer joins shortstop Tyrus Hall (Victoria), pitcher Chase Marshall (Surrey), second baseman Sam Shaw (Victoria) and pitcher Reece Usselman (Langley) among the B.C. five players on the Canadian roster following an extensive tryout process.

Latimer got the start in Canada’s 7-6 loss to the United States on Monday. The right-hander worked two innings, allowing two hits, two walks and an earned run, while striking out one.

Canada then defeated South Africa 5-2 on Tuesday before concluding round-robin play with a 13-0 loss to South Korea on Wednesday. Placement play began Thursday morning with Canada edging Australia 7-6.

Latimer helped then Delta Tigers capture B.C. Minor’s 15U AAA championship in 2019, including a complete game 3-0 shutout in the final against Chilliwack. He then took his career to the B.C. Premier Baseball League's Delta Blue Jays.

The 30th edition of the World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 World Cup features 12 countries. Chinese-Taipei captured the tournament the last time it was in held in 2019. Canada finished sixth.