Canadian Women's National Team begins summer series vs U.S. Wednesday

 Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA – Baseball Canada is pleased to announce the names of 31 athletes invited to participate in the Women’s National Team’s 2017 summer program. The athletes were selected from the Women’s Invitational Championships in Windsor, Ont., that was won by Ontario after a 15-8 win over Alberta in the gold medal contest.

Athletes, coaches and staff will travel to Washington, D.C. and will be split into two teams with each playing a four-game series against two teams from USA Baseball from August 9 to 13. At the halfway point of the series, on August 11, both Canada and USA will combine their squads to play a true “Canada vs USA” exhibition contest.

“We’re very excited to have this opportunity and to partner with USA Baseball on an event that will promote growth and development for both programs,” said Women’s National Team manager André Lachance. “With 2017 being a non World Cup year, it is crucial for our program to expose as many athletes as possible to international baseball and the highest levels of the women’s game. This event will provide our coaching staff with another opportunity to evaluate talent as we prepare for the next Women’s Baseball World Cup in 2018.”

Lachance returns to his managerial chair that he has held since the Women’s National Team programs’ inception in 2004. Former big leaguer Aaron Myette returns to the staff to handle the pitching coach duties as he did in 2016, while Sheen Bromley, Scott MacKenzie and Patricia Landry return to the staff from 2016. Former National Team player Karine Gagné will join the staff as a guest coach.

Of the 31 athletes named, 16 have previous experience with the Women’s National Team program, including 14-year veterans Kate Psota (Burlington, Ont.) and Ashley Stephenson (Mississauga, Ont.) who have been with program since the inaugural season in 2004 and have played in all seven WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cups and the 2015 Pan Am Games. The roster also includes left-handed pitcher Claire Eccles who made headlines earlier in 2017 after becoming the first female to play in the West Coast League as a member of the Victoria (BC) HarbourCats. Fourteen players named to the roster helped Canada win a silver medal at the 2016 WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup in Gijang, Korea while nine are holdovers from the 2015 squad that captured a silver medal at the Pan Am Games. Fifteen athletes named to the roster will be participating with the program for the first time.

Schedule: Canada vs USA Series

*All times eastern

August 8         Canada Practice         9 a.m.-12 p.m.
August 9         USA 1 vs Canada 1      11 a.m., USA 2 vs Canada 2    4 p.m.
August 10       USA 2 vs Canada 1      11 a.m., USA 1 vs Canada 2    4 p.m.
August 11        USA vs Canada            6 p.m.
August 12       USA 1 vs Canada 2      1 p.m., USA 2 vs Canada 1      6 p.m.
August 13       USA 1 vs Canada 1      11 a.m., USA 2 vs Canada 2     4 p.m.

The complete 2017 Summer Development Program Women's National Team roster can be found here.

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.