Roster for Canucks Women's 20U set

Claire Eccles, who won a silver medal at the Pan Am Games last summer, has been selected to Canada's 20U roster for a trip to the Dominican Republic.

Claire Eccles, who won a silver medal at the Pan Am Games last summer, has been selected to Canada's 20U roster for a trip to the Dominican Republic.

May 9, 2016


Baseball Canada announces roster for U20 Women’s International Tournament

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada
OTTAWA - Baseball Canada has selected 15 players to represent Canada in a U20 women’s international baseball tournament in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from June 1-5.

In addition to Team Canada, national teams from Mexico, Cuba and host Dominican Republic are confirmed for the event.

Team Canada will be under the guidance of longtime Women’s National team manager André Lachance, while Women’s National Team coaches Sheen Bromley, Scott Mackenzie and Patricia Landry will also be on the staff.

Three players named to the roster (Emma Carr, Claire Eccles and Heather Healey) have represented Canada at international competitions in the past while the 12 other players named to the roster will be playing for Canada at an international competition for the first time.

“The opportunity to play in international competition at a young age will be an invaluable experience for our team as we’re afforded the chance to grow our National Team program at this event,” said Lachance. “The fact that we can give our athletes this type of international baseball experience is nothing but positive for our Women’s National Team program as a whole.”

Coming off a silver medal performance at last summer’s Pan Am Games in Toronto, the Women’s National Team program shifts it focus in 2016 to the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup that will be held in Gijang City, South Korea from September 3-11. Canada will be looking to improve on their fourth place finish from the last time a World Cup event was held in 2014.

“With some players moving on from baseball there will be opportunities for other players to earn a spot on the National Team beginning later this summer,” added Lachance. “With this event in the Dominican Republic and through our Girls Baseball Development Camp that takes place each winter in Cuba, our program is now able to provide opportunities for players to experience the game on an international level and grow as baseball players.”

A tournament schedule will be posted on baseball.ca when it is available. You can follow Team Canada in the Dominican Republic by following Baseball Canada on Twitter (@baseballcanada) and by visiting baseball.ca for daily game stories.

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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.