Canadian officials named to 2018 WBSC Baseball World Cup events

 Lisa Turbitt (Burlington, Ont.) has been selected to serve as umpire director for the U-15 Baseball World Cup. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Lisa Turbitt (Burlington, Ont.) has been selected to serve as umpire director for the U-15 Baseball World Cup. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

April 26, 2018

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - Baseball Canada is pleased to announce the following individuals who have been selected as officials by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) for various Baseball World Cup events in 2018:

- Mrs. Shari Reiniger (Edmonton, Alta.), Technical Director, Women’s BWC

- Mr. Jim Baba (Ottawa, Ont.), Technical Commissioner, Women’s BWC

- Mr. Don Darling (Edmonton, Alta.), Scorer, Women’s BWC

- Mr. Jason Buitenhuis (Thunder Bay, Ont.), Scorer, Women’s BWC

- Mr. Stephen Gomes (Windsor, Ont.), Umpire, Women’s BWC

- Mrs. Lisa Turbitt (Burlington, Ont.), Umpire Director, U-15 BWC

Reiniger, who recently worked the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay as a technical commissioner, will be in the technical director role at the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup for the first time. 

Baba, Baseball Canada’s executive director, has numerous international baseball events on his resume as a coach, technical commissioner and technical director. He was technical director at the 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay.

Darling will attend the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup as a scorer with international experience including the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto where he was the scoring director.

Buitenhuis, a native of Thunder Bay, was a scorer at the 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup that took place in his hometown.

Gomes will be working his first international event at the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup in August. A member of Baseball Canada’s National Umpires program, Gomes had the home plate assignment for the gold medal game at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg.

Turbitt has an impressive umpiring resume including the home plate assignment for the first-ever Women’s Baseball World Cup gold medal game back in 2004. She has worked numerous international events and is a former recipient of the Dick Willis Award for Baseball Canada’s Umpire of the Year.

Visit wbsc.org for more information on the 2018 WBSC Baseball World Cups.

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.