21U Women’s Invitational: Ontario to meet Québec for gold

 Photo Credit: Daryl Gershman

Photo Credit: Daryl Gershman

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

Fans in Stonewall, Manitoba were treated some tremendous baseball at the 21U Women’s Invitational as semi-final games were played.

In the first semi final pitting top seed Nova Scotia against fourth seed Québec, seven innings weren’t enough as it took ten for Québec to eventually come out on top, 7-4.

Québec went up 4-2 in the top of the ninth on a single from Arianne Levesque and a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded, but Nova Scotia stormed back with two runs, on RBI from Mackenzie Pinet and Emily MacFadyen to tie the score.

Québec took the lead for good in the top of the 10th getting a two run double from Sena Catterall while Levesque’s single gave them an insurance marker. Isabella Denis came out for her fourth inning of work in the bottom of the tenth and worked around a lead off walk to get the win.

Lindsay Wilcox drilled a base-hit to centre in the bottom of the seventh to score Elizabeth Plamondon and give Ontario a 5-4, walk-off win over hos Manitoba.

Ontario had taken a 4-2 lead in the sixth but the pesky Manitobans fought back with two in the seventh to tie the score. Jamie Johnson and Caitloin Wilkinson each had hits and RBI for Manitoba.

Tess Forman was the story on the mound tossing a complete game with one strikeout to earn the win.

Nova Scotia will meet host Manitoba for the bronze medal (11 a.m. ET) on Sunday while Ontario and Québec will play for gold  (2 p.m. ET) for the third year in a row.

Earlier in the day, Québec got three doubles and four RBI from Marie-France Castillo to defeat Saskatchewan, 16-0.

Nova Scotia clinched first place in the round-robin standings using a walk-off, 4-3, win over Manitoba where Katie Hagen scooted home from third base on passed ball with the winning run.

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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.