Cincinnati Reds product James Avery of Moose Jaw, Sask., held South Korea to a run on four hits in four innings and after Mike Kusiewicz of Ottawa recorded the final out, the Canadians partied into the wee hours on the eighth floor of their hotel, as players hooted, hollered and contemplated their achievement.

Canada's performance in Taiwan has been especially impressive since the players have shown mid-season form at a point in the spring when they are usually just building up for the season's start.

Add to the mix severe usage restrictions on most of the team's pitchers and the fact that South Korea and Taiwan players were already in shape before the tournament, and Canada's chances of advancing to the Olympics looked to be no better than a crap shoot.