Canaries’ Charlie Valerio Wins Bronze Medal & Mitch Glasser Makes All-Olympic Team
Valerio’s Dominican Republic Team Defeats Korea 10-6 In Bronze Medal Game
TOKYO, JAPAN (Dakota News Now) - The Sioux Falls Canaries sent three of their players to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, a number from one team that’s believed to be unprecedented in American Association and independent baseball history.
And all three certainly proved worthy of representing their countries.
Catcher Charlie Valerio is a bronze medalist! He had a sac fly RBI and a pair of walks last night to help the Dominican Republic beat Korea 10-6 in the bronze medal game. Charlie was behind the plate for five of the Dominican’s six games in the tournament, going 4-17 with a homerun and four RBI. Japan won the gold medal, forcing the United States to settle for silver with a 2-0 win in the gold medal game this morning.
When the all-tournament team was announced Israel’s Mitch Glasser was named the All-Olympic right fielder and for good reason. In five games he batted .411 (7-17) with four RBI and four runs scored.
His Canaries and Israeli teammate, relief pitcher DJ Sharabi, also had a fine tournament, not allowing an earned run over four and a third innings pitched in three games.
Glasser actually returned to the Canaries on Saturday night in Chicago, going 1-2 during Sioux Falls 4-2 loss. Valerio and Sharabi have said they plan to return to the Canaries to finish out their seasons as well.
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