Women's National Team comes up just short

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By: Adam Morissette

AJAX, Ontario – The Canadian Women’s National Team put up a valiant effort, returning to President’s Choice Pan Am Ball Park less than 15 hours after defeating Venezuela in a semi–final game, but in the end it wasn’t meant to be as the United States won the first ever women’s baseball Pan Am Games gold medal with an 11-3 win.

Box Score – United States 11 Canada 3

The US took controls of the game early scoring four runs in the first inning and although Canada made things interesting as they closed the gap to two, the United States pulled away late en route to victory.

“I’m proud of my entire team,” said Canadian Manager André Lachance. “We had a great tournament and although this (loss) stings now, we will have a lot to be proud of when we look back (in the future).”

The US chased Canadian starter Vanessa Riopel (Repentigny, QC) in the top of the first as they used three hits, a walk and an error to score four runs.

Reliever Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC), who began the game as the designated hitter, took over on the mound and pitched well over three and two-thirds innings surrendering one run on three hits and a walk before Claire Eccles (Surrey, BC) took over to start the fifth.

Canada made things interesting in the fourth as they broke through with three runs to cut their deficit to two runs. Becky Hartley (Vancouver, BC) led off with a single and scored on Jenna Flannigan’s (Cornwall, ON) RBI double, before Amanda Asay walked with the bases loaded, and Kelsey Lalor (Red Deer, AB) grounded out to second base that allowed a run to score.

That would be as close as Canada would get however, as the US put up three runs in the bottom of the fifth, all on a bases loaded double, and added three more in the sixth to go up by eight.

The Women’s National Team program will now regroup and begin preparing for the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Cup in South Korea.

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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.