Canada opens World Cup vs. Chinese Taipei

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

The World Baseball Softball Confederation announced the schedule for the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup that will take place in Osaka, Japan from Aug. 28-Sept. 6.

Canada will open the 12-team tournament against Chinese Taipei on Aug. 28 before facing Korea, Italy, Cuba and South Africa in Group B round-robin action that concludes on September 1.

Group A consists of host Japan, defending champion USA along with Mexico, Australia, Brazil and Czech Republic.

Following the round-robin, the top three seeds in each group will play three cross-over games with the top two records advancing to the gold medal game, while the third and fourth best records will play for bronze. The medal games are scheduled for Sept. 6 at historic Koshien Stadium, home of the Hanshin Tigers and the prestigious Japanese High School championship.

Canada earned a spot in the 2015 WBSC U-18 World Cup after winning a bronze medal at the 2014 COPABE 18U Pan American Championship in La Paz, Mex. last September. The United States and Cuba won gold and bronze, respectively to qualify, while Brazil finished fourth to earn the final spot reserved for the Americas.

Canada is coming off seventh place finish in 2013 when the event was known as the IBAF 18U World Cup. In 2012, Canada won silver at the event achieving its best result since winning the event in 1991 when it was played in Brandon, Manitoba.

Prior to the World Cup, Team Canada will hold a selection camp on Australia’s Gold Coast from August 15–27 where 20 players will be chosen to represent their country in Japan.

This month 10 Canucks were drafted. Now whether they sign, or have signed or go to school permission will be needed to make sure its all-hands are on deck, like

1B Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) selected by the Marlins in the first round.
RHP Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) 1st, Braves
CF Miles Gordon (Oakville, Ont.) 4th Reds.
OF Demi Orimoloye (Orleans, Ont.) 4th Brewers.
2B J.D. Williams (Brampton, Ont.) 17th Reds.

LHP Isaac Anesty (Guelph, Ont.) 18th, Reds.
RHP-C Darren Shred (Brampton, Ont.) 22nd, Reds.
RHP Jackson Wark (St. Albert, Alta.) 30th, Mets.
OF Tristan Pompey (Milton, Ont,) 31st, Twins.
RHP Will McAffer (North Vancouver, BC) 32nd, Reds. 

Schedule – WBSC U-18 World Cup

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Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.