Canada opens Pan Ams vs Domicans

Canada defends its Pan Am gold starting July 11 against the Dominican Republic at the President’s Choice Pan Am Ballpark two diamonds in Ajax, Ont. The first women’s event begins July 20 as Canada opens against Cuba. DH Chris Robinson (Dorchester, Ont.) hugs C Cole Armstrong (Surrey, BC) after Scott Richmond (North Vancouver, BC) struck out the final hitter for the 2-1 win. ….

Canada defends its Pan Am gold starting July 11 against the Dominican Republic at the President’s Choice Pan Am Ballpark two diamonds in Ajax, Ont. The first women’s event begins July 20 as Canada opens against Cuba. DH Chris Robinson (Dorchester, Ont.) hugs C Cole Armstrong (Surrey, BC) after Scott Richmond (North Vancouver, BC) struck out the final hitter for the 2-1 win. ….

OTTAWA – The men’s national team will open defence of their Pan Am Games gold medal on Saturday, July 11 against the Dominican Republic, while the Women’s National Team will play their first ever Pan Am Games contest on July 20 against Cuba as Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games organizers unveiled the baseball competition schedules.

The men’s competition will run from July 11-19, while the women’s event will take place from July 20-26. The new President’s Choice Pan Am Ballpark featuring two diamonds in Ajax, Ont. will host both competitions.

On the men’s side, seven countries will vie for the gold medal with a full round-robin taking place from July 11-17 before two semi-final games are played on July 18th. Bronze and gold medal contests will take place on July 19th. Alexis Brudnicki looks at the Canucks victory four years ago in Mexico.

After opening up against the Dominican Republic on July 11, Canada will take on Colombia in a matinee game on July 12. On July 13 Canada will play Nicaragua before facing international power, Cuba on July 14th. After an off day on July 15 Canada will play Puerto Rico on July 16thbefore closing out the round robin portion of the event against the United States on July 17.

The semi-final contests will see the one and four seeds, and two and three seeds square off on July 18th with the winners and losers meeting in the gold and bronze medal games, respectively.

The first-ever Pan Am Games women’s baseball competition will see five countries compete for the gold medal from July 20-26.

After meeting Cuba on July 20, Canada will face Venezuela on July 21. On July 22, Canada will play Puerto Rico before an off day on the 23, and close out the round robin against the United States on July 24.

Following the round robin, the number one seed will advance directly to the gold medal game, while the second and third seeds will meet in the semi finals with the winner qualifying for the gold medal game. The semi final loser will be awarded the bronze medal.

Pan-Am Schedule
Men
Event details are subject to change.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Time Session Round Team 1 Team 2
12:00 BA002 Preliminary Game Colombia Cuba
15:30 BA033 Preliminary Game United States Puerto Rico
19:00 BA003 Preliminary Game Canada Dominican Republic

Sunday, July 12, 2015
Time Session Round Team 1 Team 2
12:00 BA005 Preliminary Game Dominican Republic Nicaragua
15:30 BA034 Preliminary Game Canada Colombia
19:00 BA006 Preliminary Game United States Cuba

Monday, July 13, 2015
Time Session Round Team 1 Team 2
12:00 BA008 Preliminary Game Cuba Puerto Rico
15:30 BA035 Preliminary Game Colombia United States
19:00 BA009 Preliminary Game Nicaragua Canada

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Time Session Round Team 1 Team 2
12:00 BA011 Preliminary Game Colombia Nicaragua
15:30 BA036 Preliminary Game Dominican Republic Puerto Rico
19:00 BA012 Preliminary Game Cuba Canada

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Time Session Round Team 1 Team 2
12:00 BA014 Preliminary Game Nicaragua United States
15:30 BA037 Preliminary Game Puerto Rico Colombia
19:00 BA015 Preliminary Game Cuba Dominican Republic

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Time Session Round Team 1 Team 2
12:00 BA017 Preliminary Game United States Dominican Republic
15:30 BA038 Preliminary Game Nicaragua Cuba
19:00 BA018 Preliminary Game Puerto Rico Canada

Friday, July 17, 2015
Time Session Round Team 1 Team 2
12:00 BA020 Preliminary Game Puerto Rico Nicaragua
15:30 BA039 Preliminary Game Dominican Republic Colombia
19:00 BA021 Preliminary Game Canada United States

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Time Session Round Team 1 Team 2
13:00 BA022 Semifinal 1
19:00 BA023 Semifinal 2

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Time Session Round Team 1 Team 2
13:00 BA024 Bronze-Medal Game
19:00 BA025 Gold-Medal Game

Women
Monday, July 20, 2015
Time Session Round Team 1 Team 2
15:00 BA026 Preliminary Game United States Venezuela
19:00 BA026 Preliminary Game Cuba Canada

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Time Session Round Team 1 Team 2
15:00 BA027 Preliminary Game Puerto Rico Cuba
19:00 BA027 Preliminary Game Venezuela Canada

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Time Session Round Team 1 Team 2
15:00 BA028 Preliminary Game Canada Puerto Rico
19:00 BA028 Preliminary Game United States Cuba

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Time Session Round Team 1 Team 2
15:00 BA029 Preliminary Game Cuba Venezuela
19:00 BA029 Preliminary Game Puerto Rico United States

Friday, July 24, 2015
Time Session Round Team 1 Team 2
15:00 BA030 Preliminary Game Venezuela Puerto Rico
19:00 BA030 Preliminary Game Canada United States

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Time Session Round Team 1 Team 2
19:00 BA031 Semifinal

Sunday, July 26, 2015
Time Session Round Team 1 Team 2
12:00 BA032 Gold-Medal Game

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