Canada rolls past Venezuela to move to 2-0

And another run crosses the plate as the Canadian women beat Venezuela 9-3 to move to 2-0 in the Pan Am Games.

And another run crosses the plate as the Canadian women beat Venezuela 9-3 to move to 2-0 in the Pan Am Games.

Canadian women defeat Venezuela to remain unbeaten


By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

AJAX, Ont. - The Canadian Women’s team picked up their second win of the Pan American Games after defeating Venezuela, 9-3 on a beautiful night for baseball at President’s Choice Pan Am Ball Park.

Canada has now scored 22 runs through two days of competition, but it has been a pair of pitching performances that has been the story for the team as Autumn Mills (London, Ont.) worked six strong innings Tuesday night after Vanessa Riopel (Repentigny, Que.) was stellar Monday in a win over Cuba.

“That’s the type of team we are – we pride ourselves on good pitching and defence, “ said Canadian manager André Lachance. “It’s nice to score a lot of runs, but at the end of the day, good pitching a sound defence is what wins baseball games.”

After a slow start against Cuba one night ago, it didn’t take long for the Canadian offence to get going as they struck for five runs in the top of the first on four hits, a walk and one Venezuelan error. Bradi Wall (Swift Current, Sask.) drove in Nicole Luchanski (Edmonton, Alta.) with the game’s first run on a single to right and came around to score on a dropped fly ball by the Venezuelan left fielder. Later in the frame with the bases loaded and one out, Jen Gilroy (Burlington, Ont.) ripped a triple that landed in deep right-centre that cleared the bases.

“That was a big hit for us,” said Lachance. “It was nice to get Autumn a lead early and Jen was a big reason for that with the triple.”

Mills got to work in the bottom of the first tossing a perfect inning and faced the minimum amount of batters in the second getting a double play after hitting a batter to end the inning.

Venezuela broke the shutout bid in the sixth scoring twice after back-to-back singles and an error brought one run in, while the other scored on an RBI groundout.

Prior to Venezuela scoring two, Canada scored twice in the top of the sixth as Nicole Luchanski and Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC) each knocked in a run with RBI singles. Luchanksi picked up her second RBI of the game in the seventh with her second single of the night, while Wall collected her second RBI of the game on a single to right.

Vanessa Bérubé (Québec City, Que.) came out of the bullpen for the seventh and allowed one run on one hit and a walk.

UP NEXT: Canada will be back at President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ball Park tomorrow afternoon when they take on Puerto Rico at 3pm ET … RHP Kate Psota (Burlington, Ont.) is scheduled to start on the mound for Canada…The only way to follow this game is through Baseball Canada’s Twitter account (@baseballcanada)…

Canada 9, Venezuela 3

Team      123 456 7      R H E LOB
Canada    500 002 2  --  9 11  5  9
Venezuela  000 002 1  --  3  5  2  6


Statistics
Venezuela 
Name    Position    AB    R    H    RBI    BB    SO    PO    A    E

RODRIGUEZ Astrid, DH 3    -    -    -    -    1    -    -    -
GARCIA Osmari, C 1    -    1    -    -    -    -    -    -
GOMEZ Lelis, 2B-P    4    -    -    -    -    -    2    5    -    
ESCOBAR Ingrid, 1B 4    1    1    -    -    1    10    -    -
ANGULO Migreily, C 3    -    1    -    -    -    3    1    -
TORRES Maigleth, PR-2B    -    1    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
ARRIECHE Ofelia, RF 2    -    -    -    -    -    4    -    -    
GIMENEZ Daily, 3B 3    -    1    1    -    -    -    1    -    
BRITO Sor, SS 3    -    -    -    -    -    1    2    -    
REYES Leonela, CF 2    1    1    -    1    1    -    -    1
PEREZ Marianne, LF 2    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    1
RENGEL Esquia, P -    -    -    -    -    -    -    3    -
CAZORLA Dayvis, P    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
Totals        27    3    5    1    1    3    21    12    2

Canada 
Name    Position    AB    R    H    RBI    BB    SO    PO    A    E  
 
LUCHANSKI Nicole, 2B 3    2    2    2    2    -    4    5    -    
WALL Bradi, SS 5    1    2    2    -    1    1    4    1
SAVOIE Stéphanie, C 4    -    2    -    1    -    3    -    1
ASAY Amanda, DH    3    1    1    1    -    1    -    -    -    
LALOR Kelsey, LF 3    1    1    1    -    -    -    -    -
FLANNIGAN Jenna, RF 3    1    1    -    -    -    1    -    -    
GILROY Jennifer, 1B 3    -    1    3    1    1    11    1    1    
STEPHENSON Ashley, 3B 4    2    1    -    -    -    -    3    2    
BOYD Veronika, CF    3    1    -    -    -    -    -    1    -
MILLS Autumn, P     -    -    -    -    -    -    1    -    -
BÉRUBÉ Jessica, P     -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
Totals        31    9    11    9    4    3    21    14    5

Pitching Statistics
Venezuela    
Name    Position    W/L/S    IP    Hits (H)    R    ER    BB    SO    HR    WP    BK

CAZORLA Dayvis    L(0,1,0)    0.1    4    5    4    1    -    -    -    1    
RENGEL Esquia 5.2    5    2    2    2    3    -    -    -    
GOMEZ Lelis        0.2    2    2    -    1    -    -    -    -
Totals            7.0    11    9    6    4    3    -    -    1

Canada
Name    Position    W/L/S    IP    Hits (H)    R    ER    BB    SO    HR    WP    BK

MILLS Autumn    W(1,0,0)    6.0    4    2    -    -    3    -    -    -    
BÉRUBÉ Jessica        1.0    1    1    -    1    -    -    -    -
Totals            7.0    5    3    -    1    3    

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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.