Mills, 6-run fifth put Canada into gold medal game

RHP Autumn Mills (London, Ont.) went the distance to beat Venezuela and put Canada into the gold medal game against USA.

RHP Autumn Mills (London, Ont.) went the distance to beat Venezuela and put Canada into the gold medal game against USA.

CANADIAN WOMEN TO PLAY FOR PAN AM GOLD!

 

July 25, 2015

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

AJAX, Ont. - Canada’s National Teams will have a chance for double gold medals at the Pan American Games after the Women’s National Team defeated Venezuela 6-1 to earn a spot in the championship finale tomorrow against the United States.

Last Sunday, Canada’s Men’s National Team beat the United States in dramatic fashion to win the gold medal and now the Canadian women will have the chance to repeat that feat on home soil.

“We have a pretty special opportunity in front of us,” said Canadian manager Andre Lachance. “Seeing what the men did last week was incredible and to have the chance to win a gold medal is something that doesn’t come around that often.”

Canada will also have a chance at redemption against the United States as the US booked their ticket to the gold medal game with a 3-1 win over Canada last night at President’s Choice Ajax Ball Park.

“It should be a great game,” added Lachance. “We’ve had some good battles against them over the years including last night and that shouldn’t change tomorrow.”

Canada received a complete game effort this evening from starter Autumn Mills (London, Ont.) and overcame a one run deficit by scoring six runs in the top of the fifth to secure the win.

Mills was exceptional as she allowed only four hits and did not walk a batter over seven innings of work. She fanned three and her only blemish was an RBI single in the fifth.

“Autumn was outstanding tonight,” said Lachance. “Not only did she pitch great, but she also saved our bullpen which could come in handy when we play for gold tomorrow.”

Canada was held to one hit through four innings, but that changed in the fifth as the offence broke loose scoring six runs on three hits, two walks, an error and a hit batter to erase a 1-0 Venezuelan lead.

The inning began with back-to-back walks to Kelsey Lalor (Red Deer, Alta.) and Jenna Flannigan (Cornwall, Ont.) before an error at third base that saw the ball squirt into left field brought Lalor in to score the tying run. Ashley Stephenson (Mississauga, Ont.) followed and was hit by a pitch to load the bases to set the stage for Becky Hartley (Vancouver, BC) who lined a single to centre field that scored two runs, which gave Canada the lead. Later, RBI singles from Nicole Luchanski (Edmonton, Alta.) and Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC) put Canada up by four before Lalor made her second plate appearance of the inning and came up with a fly ball to centre that scored the sixth run of the frame.

“It was good to see us finally get going (offensively) that inning,” said Lachance. “Their starter did a great job throwing our (hitters’) timing off as we were swinging in front of the ball early on.

“Once (our hitters) stayed back they started to drive the ball and we had some success.”

By virtue of the loss, Venezuela will be awarded the bronze medal tomorrow after Canada and the United States go head-to-head for gold.

UP NEXT: Tomorrow’s game is set for Noon ET…RHP Vanessa Riopel (Repentigny, QC) will get the start for the deciding game … The only way to follow this game is through Baseball Canada’s Twitter account (@baseballcanada).

 

Canada 6, Venezuela 1

Team     123 456 7      R H E LOB
Venezuela 000 010 0  --  1 4 2 3
Canada    000 060 x  --  6 5 1 3

Statistics
Canada
Name    Position    AB    R    H    RBI    BB    SO    PO    A    E 
   
LUCHANSKI Nicole, 2B 3    1    1    1    -    -    4    9    1    
WALL Bradi, SS 2    -    -    -    -    -    3    2    -    
SAVOIE Stéphanie, C 2    -    -    -    1    -    3    2    -
ASAY Amanda, DH     3    -    1    1    -    1    -    -    -    
LALOR Kelsey, LF-RF     1    1    -    1    1    -    -    -    -
FLANNIGAN Jenna, CF 2    1    -    -    1    -    1    -    -    
GILROY Jennifer, 1B 3    1    -    -    -    -    9    1    -    
STEPHENSON Ashley, 3B 2    1    2    -    -    -    -    -    -
HARTLEY Rebecca, RF 3    1    1    2    -    -    -    -    -
BOYD Veronika, LF -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    
MILLS Autumn, P     -    -    -    -    -    -    1    2    -
Totals        21    6    5    5    3    1    21    16    1

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

RODRIGUEZ Astrid, DH     3    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    
ARRIECHE Ofelia, RF 2    -    -    -    -    -    2    -    -    
ESCOBAR Ingrid, 1B 3    -    1    -    -    -    8    -    -    
GARCIA Osmari, C 2    -    -    -    -    1    1    1    -*    
PEREZ Marianne, PR -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
ANGULO Migreily, LF 3    1    2    -    -    1    1    -    -
GIMENEZ Daily, 3B 2    -    -    -    -    -    -    1    2
TORRES Maigleth, 3B 1    -    -    -    -    -    1    1    -    
BRITO Sor, SS 3    -    -    -    -    -    2    -    -
REYES Leonela
Centre-Fielder    2    -    1    1    -    -    2    -    -
GOMEZ Lelis, 2B     2    -    -    -    -    1    1    1    -
RENGEL Esquia, P     -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
CUMANA Giddelys, P    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    1    -
Totals        23    1    4    1    -    3    18    5    2

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

MILLS Autumn W(2,0,0)    7.0    4    1    1    -    3    -    -    -
Totals        7.0    4    1    1    -    3    -    -    -

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

RENGEL Esquia L(0,1,0)    4.0    1    4    3    2    1    -    -    -    
CUMANA Giddelys 2.0    4    2    2    1    -    -    -    -
Totals        6.0    5    6    4    3    1    -

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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.