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Feb. 28, 2017

 

Feb. 28, 2017


Nations, Groups announced for 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay


By Adam Morissette
OTTAWA - The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced today the 12-participating nations and groups for the 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup that will take place in Thunder Bay, Ontario from September 1-10.

Canada, who will participate as the host country, is in Group A along with Korea, Chinese Taipei, Australia, Italy and Nicaragua. Group B consists of defending champion USA along with Japan, Cuba, Mexico, Netherlands and South Africa.

Of the 12 participating nations, nine — No. 1 Japan, No. 2 USA, No. 3 Korea, No. 4 Chinese Taipei, No. 5 Cuba, No. 6 Mexico, No. 8 Canada, No. 9 Netherlands and No. 10 Australia — are currently ranked in the Top 10 of the WBSC Baseball World Rankings.

The top three teams of each group will advance to the Super Round and play crossover games before bronze and gold medal match-ups are decided.

Australia, Japan, Netherlands, South Africa and United States won their respective U-18 continental championships; Chinese Taipei and Korea finished second and third in Asia; Cuba, Mexico and Nicaragua placed second, third and fourth in the Americas; Italy was the runner-up in Europe. Host nation Canada was given an automatic berth. 

Canada is coming off a sixth place finish at the 2015 WBSC U-18 World Cup in Osaka, Japan after finishing 7th in 2013, 2nd in 2012 and 4th in 2010 when the event was last held in Thunder Bay.

In 27 all-time U-18 Baseball World Cup events, Canada has won six medals including one gold (1991), one silver (2012) and four bronze (’83, ’87, ’97, 06).

Canada will begin preparations for the 2017 WBSC U-18 baseball World Cup March 24th to April 2nd at the annual Spring Training Camp in St. Petersburg, Florida. Subsequent camps will take place in April (Extended Spring Training, Orlando) and May (Dominican Summer League Camp) before the final selection camp in August where 20 athletes will be selected to represent Canada in Thunder Bay.

For more information including how to purchase tickets, please visit thunderbay2017.com.

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.