2018 Women's Baseball World Cup is Florida-bound

 Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has announced that the 8th Women’s Baseball World Cup will be played in Viera, Fla., from August 17 to 26, 2018. The announcement came during the WBSC Congress in Gaborone, Botswana.

The hosting rights were awarded to United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), a multi-sport organization and WBSC Associate Member based in Viera. The event will be staged at the USSSA’s new headquarters, USSSA Space Coast Complex which was the former spring training home of the Washington Nationals.

“This marks the first time that the Women’s Baseball World Cup will be staged in the United States,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “The USSSA has tremendous experience in organizing elite-level events across multiple sports, and I am confident the new USSSA Space Coast Complex will be an ideal setting for the biggest stage and best players in women’s baseball.”

Canada has competed in all seven WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cups to date including the 2016 edition where they captured the silver medal at the event in Gijang, Korea.

Canada has won five medals all-time (two silver, three bronze) and is currently ranked No. 2 in the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Rankings.

Canada, and specifically Edmonton has hosted the Women’s Baseball World Cup on two occasions including the inaugural event in 2004.

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.