21U Women’s: Manitoba, Nova Scotia score big upsets

 Photo Credit: Daryl Gershman

Photo Credit: Daryl Gershman

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

Host Manitoba and Nova Scotia both scored big upset wins over Québec and Ontario respectively on Friday to turn the 21U Women’s Invitational in Stonewall, Man., into anyone's event with the final day of round-robin competition set for Saturday. 

Here’s a recap of Friday’s action:

Québec 18, Nova Scotia 3

Québec shook off a tough loss to Ontario with a convincing 18-3 win over Nova Scotia that was called after four due to the mercy rule. Arianne Levesque tripled as part of a 3-for-4 game at the plate that included three RBI while Sena Catterall and Marie-France Castillo had two hits apiece. Nova Scotia’s Brogan MacNeil had an RBI double in the loss.

Ontario 23, Saskatchewan 2

Ontario scored multiple runs in all five of their offensive innings and used 18 hits to score a 23-2 win over Saskatchewan. Emily Baxter, Miya Waldron and Meagen Crandall had three RBI apiece while Elizabeth Plamondon went 4-for-4 with four RBI.

Manitoba 6, Québec 3

Zoe Hicks banged a double and triple, and had one RBI while Caitlin Wilkinson drove in two as host Manitoba stunned Québec, 6-3. Jamie Johnson earned the win with four innings of work on the mound while Katelyn Heppner recorded a three-inning save. Catherine Labelle and Alexane Fournier had two hits each for Québec.

Nova Scotia 6, Ontario 4

Nova Scotia scored four runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead and hung on to defeat previously unbeaten Ontario, 6-4. Jenna Jackson had a double and two RBI while Carly Jackson also drove in two. Alexis Galloway started and gave Nova Scotia four solid innings on the mound and Katie Hagen closed the door in the seventh to get credited with the win. Elizabeth Plamondon had two hits and an RBI for Ontario.

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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.