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Canada takes Bronze Medal at IX Pan American Women’s Softball Championship

By PwsaAdmin on Monday, August 14th, 2017

 

August 13, 2017

Santo Domingo, D.R. – Canada took the bronze medal at the IX Pan American Women’s Softball Championship following an 11-3 loss to the United States. Team Canada jumped out to an early 3-0 lead but the Americans powered through with a big fifth inning to win the game in five innings on the run-ahead rule.

Team Canada got off to a great start as Kelsey Jenkins (Delta, B.C.) drew a leadoff walk, was sacrificed to second and scored on a double by Erika Polidori (Brantford, Ont.) before Holly Speers (Surrey, B.C.) hit a two-run homerun to give Canada a quick 3-0 lead. The Americans scored one run in the top of the second and two more to tie the game at 3-3 after three innings of play.

Michelle Moultrie gave the United States the lead with a three-run homerun in the fourth, and the Americans got five consecutive RBI singles in the fifth to take an 11-3 lead. Joey Lye (Toronto, Ont.) hit a two-out single in the bottom of the fifth but the next batter grounded out to third to end the game on the run-ahead rule.

Box Score: United States 11 vs. Canada 3

Jenna Caira (Toronto, Ont.) started the game in the pitcher’s circle for Canada and allowed three runs on four hits and four walks to go along with three strikeouts in three innings. Sara Plourde (Baker Lake, N.B.) pitched the last two innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits with two strikeouts. At the plate, Speers connected with the two-run homerun while Polidori doubled and drove in a run and Lye added a single.

The loss gave Canada the bronze medal at the event, while the United States went on to defeat Mexico in the Gold medal game.

Team Canada will now travel to Los Angeles before heading to Japan to compete in the Japan Cup from August 25-27.

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For more information, please contact:

Gilles LeBlanc
Manager – Marketing & Communications
Softball Canada
p: (613) 523-3386 ext. 3105 | m: (613) 795-1996
w: www.softball.ca | e: gleblanc@softball.ca

Canada drops playoff game to Mexico at IX Pan American Women’s Softball Championship

By PwsaAdmin on Sunday, August 13th, 2017

August 12, 2017

Santo Domingo, D.R. – Team Canada dropped a 5-0 playoff game to Mexico at the IX Pan American Women’s Softball Championship as Mexican pitcher Dallas Escobedo limited Canada to three hits. Canada will now take on the United States in the Bronze medal game at 1:30pm EDT, with the winner of that game facing Mexico at 4:00pm EDT in the Gold medal game.

After both teams were sit down in order in the first, Mexico opened the scoring in the second by getting a one-out single followed by a two-run homerun to left. Holly Speers (Surrey, B.C.) hit a leadoff double for Canada in the bottom of the inning, but she was left stranded on third after a pair of fly outs and a strikeout. Mexico doubled its lead in the third by taking advantage of an error and scoring on an RBI double and a run-scoring single for a pair of unearned runs. Larissa Franklin (Maple Ridge, B.C.) hit a one-out single for Canada in the bottom of the frame and advanced to second on a ground out but she was also left stranded.

After a quick fourth inning, Mexico added its fifth run on a double in the top of the fifth. Erika Polidori (Brantford, Ont.) led off the bottom of the inning with a single but could not advance any further as the next three batters were retired. Neither team was able to get much going over the last two innings as Mexico took the 5-0 win.

Box Score: Mexico 5 vs. Canada 0

Sara Groenewegen (Surrey, B.C.) suffered the loss for Canada, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out two batters over two innings. Karissa Hovinga (Edmonton, Alta.) gave up two unearned runs on three hits in two innings of relief, while Sara Plourde (Baker Lake, N.B.) pitched the last three innings allowing one run on five hits and notching four strikeouts.

With the loss, Canada will play in the Bronze medal game against the United States at 1:30pm EDT on Sunday, as the Americans defeated Venezuela 8-2 to advance. The winner of the game between Canada and the United States will move on to face Mexico in the Gold medal game at 4:00pm EDT.

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For more information, please contact:

Gilles LeBlanc
Manager – Marketing & Communications
Softball Canada
p: (613) 523-3386 ext. 3105 | m: (613) 795-1996
w: www.softball.ca | e: gleblanc@softball.ca

Canada edges Venezuela at IX Pan American Women’s Softball Championship

By PwsaAdmin on Saturday, August 12th, 2017

August 11, 2017

Santo Domingo, D.R. – Team Canada edged Venezuela 2-1 in IX Pan American Women’s Softball Championship playoff action. Jenna Caira (Toronto, Ont.) followed up on her perfect game against Cuba on Wednesday by throwing a one-hitter, while Kelsey Jenkins (Delta, B.C.) and Jenn Salling (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) each singled in a run.

Venezuela put some pressure early on in the top of the first inning when the first batter struck out but was awarded first on a third strike in the dirt with the determination that the first baseman did not touch the bag on the throw from the catcher. After a fielder’s choice, the next batter was hit by a pitch but Caira got another fielder’s choice and a strikeout to leave two runners stranded. Another batter was hit by a pitch in the second but could not advance any further, with Canada going down in order in each of the first two frames.

Team Canada got on the board by scoring both of its runs in the bottom half of the third. Carey-Leigh Vyse (Ohsweken, Ont.) hit a one-out double and scored on a single by Jenkins, who moved up to third on an error before scoring on a single by Salling to give Canada a 2-0 lead. Venezuela got a leadoff single to start the fourth, with the runner advancing to second and third on passed balls before scoring on a throwing error.

In the bottom of the fifth, Canada got a two-out double by Jenkins followed by a bunt single by Joey Lye (Toronto, Ont.), but the next batter flied out to end the threat. Caira sat Venezuela down in order in each of the last three innings to notch the win.

Box Score: Canada 2 vs. Venezuela 1

Caira fired the one-hitter and allowed one unearned run, striking out eight batters in the complete game win. Jenkins led Canada at the plate by going two-for-three with a double, a run batted in and a run scored, with Salling adding an RBI single. Vyse doubled with Lye and Victoria Hayward (Toronto, Ont.) each chipping in with a single.

Earlier in the day, Mexico defeated the United States 7-2 in eight innings and will now take on Canada at 4:00pm EDT on Saturday. The winner of that game will earn a direct berth to Sunday’s Gold medal game.

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For more information, please contact:

Gilles LeBlanc
Manager – Marketing & Communications
Softball Canada
p: (613) 523-3386 ext. 3105 | m: (613) 795-1996
w: www.softball.ca | e: gleblanc@softball.ca

Canada finishes preliminary round with win at IX Pan American Women’s Softball Championship

By PwsaAdmin on Friday, August 11th, 2017

August 10, 2017

Santo Domingo, D.R. – Team Canada wrapped up its preliminary round schedule with an 11-0 win over Panama at the IX Pan American Women’s Softball Championship. Sara Plourde (Baker Lake, N.B.) fired a four inning no-hitter, while five of Canada’s eight hits went for extra bases in the run rule victory.

Canada struck for six runs in the top of the first inning as Kelsey Jenkins (Delta, B.C.) got things started with a leadoff double and immediately scored on a triple by Joey Lye (Toronto, Ont.). After the red and white loaded the bases with a pair of walks, Victoria Hayward (Toronto, Ont.) hit a two-run single and Holly Speers (Surrey, B.C.) scored on a passed ball before Sarah Chow (Victoria, B.C.) hit a two-run double later in the inning.

In the second, Canada loaded the bases once again on a walk, an error and a single by Hayward. Erika Polidori (Brantford, Ont.) hit a sacrifice fly to push one in to score, and Carey-Leigh Vyse (Ohsweken, Ont.) followed that up with a two-run double as Canada increased its lead to 9-0. Salling hit a two-run homerun in the third to round out the scoring.

Box Score: Canada 11 vs. Panama 0

The only batter to reach base in Plourde’s no-hitter was a hit by pitch to lead off the second inning, but she bounced back by getting a fielder’s choice and two strikeouts. She struck out eight batters in her four innings of work. At the plate, Jenkins and Hayward each had two hits for Canada while Salling hit the homerun and walked twice. Lye added a triple with Vyse and Chow each connecting with a double.

Team Canada finished at the top of Pool B with an 8-0 record and will take on the second-place team from Pool A – Venezuela – at 6:30pm EDT on Friday. The other double life crossover will see the United States face Mexico.

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For more information, please contact:

Gilles LeBlanc
Manager – Marketing & Communications
Softball Canada
p: (613) 523-3386 ext. 3105 | m: (613) 795-1996
w: www.softball.ca | e: gleblanc@softball.ca

Team Canada adds two more wins at IX Pan American Women’s Softball Championship

By PwsaAdmin on Thursday, August 10th, 2017

 

August 9, 2017

Santo Domingo, D.R. – Team Canada picked up two more wins at the IX Pan American Women’s Softball Championship on Wednesday, defeating the British Virgin Islands 11-0 before blanking Cuba 8-0. Karissa Hovinga (Edmonton, Alta.) allowed only two hits in the four-inning shutout win against the British Virgin Islands, while Jenna Caira (Toronto, Ont.) fired a six-inning perfect game in the afternoon game against Cuba.

In the morning game against the British Virgin Islands, Kelsey Jenkins (Delta, B.C.) led off the top of the first with a homerun followed by a double by Larissa Franklin (Maple Ridge, B.C.) and a triple by Erika Polidori (Brantford, Ont.). An RBI ground out by Victoria Hayward (Toronto, Ont.) pushed a third run home as Canada took a quick 3-0 lead. In the second, Team Canada loaded the bases on two walks and a single by Jenkins before Franklin cleared them with a three-run triple and scored on a sacrifice fly on the next play to increase Canada’s lead to 7-0. After both teams were retired in order in the third, the red and white loaded the bases again with two walks and a single by Polidori before Hayward hit a two-run single, Kaleigh Rafter (Guelph, Ont.) hit an RBI double and a sacrifice fly pushed another run in to score.

Box Score: Canada 11 vs. British Virgin Islands 0

Hovinga picked up the four-inning win for Canada, allowing only two hits and striking out eight. Franklin had a triple, a double and drove in three runs, while Polidori added two hits including a triple and had two runs batted in. Jenkins contributed two hits including a homerun, with Hayward producing three runs.

Against Cuba, Team Canada opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the second inning when Polidori singled and Carey-Leigh Vyse (Ohsweken, Ont.) walked before both scored on a single by Jenkins. Jenkins hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Polidori hit an RBI single in the fifth as Canada increased its lead to 4-0. In the sixth, Jenkins hit an RBI single and Holly Speers (Surrey, B.C.) smashed a two-run double, with another run scoring on an error to push the lead to 8-0. Caira retired Cuba in order in all six innings with six strikeouts for the run rule shortened perfect game.

Box Score: Canada 8 vs. Cuba 0

Polidori racked up three hits and drove in a run for Canada, while Jenkins had a hit and four runs batted in. Hayward registered two hits, with Speers adding a two-run single and other hits going to Rafter, Vyse and Joey Lye (Toronto, Ont.).

Team Canada (7-0) will wrap up its preliminary round schedule against Panama at 6:30pm EDT on Thursday.

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For more information, please contact:

Gilles LeBlanc
Manager – Marketing & Communications
Softball Canada
p: (613) 523-3386 ext. 3105 | m: (613) 795-1996
w: www.softball.ca | e: gleblanc@softball.ca