Four National Championship events set to begin August 17th

 Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- It’s that time of year again!

Action at four different Baseball Canada National Championships will begin on Thursday, August 17th and run through Sunday, August 20th, including the DQ® 13U National Western Championship in Spruce Grove, Alta., the 16U Girls Invitational heads back to Vaughan, Ont., while the 18U Championship will be staged in London, Ont. Finally, the 21U National Championship will see the National Capital region play host with games in Gatineau, Québec and Ottawa.

DQ® 13U National Western Championship

Eight teams representing Canada’s four westernmost province will descend upon Spruce Grove, Alta., for the annual DQ® 13U National Western Championships. St. Albert and Camrose will join the host Parkland club as Alberta representatives, while defending champion Abbotsford will be the lone B.C. squad. Manitoba and Saskatchewan will have two competing squads each with North Winnipeg and Carillon joining Regina and Sask Five, respectively. Sask Five returns to the field as the defending silver medalists from 2016.

Prior to the event, players and teams will have the opportunity to strut their stuff during a home run and skills contest.

16U Girls Invitational

The largest field in the history of the 16U Girls Invitational will be at the Vaughan Grove Sports Complex in Vaughan, Ont., this week with representation from nine provinces joining the host team. Defending champion Ontario will look to capture a record sixth gold medal at the event but will be in tough against familiar foes from Québec, B.C., Manitoba, Alberta and Nova Scotia – all of whom have medaled in the past five years. For the first time in event history, Prince Edward Island will send a team. Women’s National Team hurler Katie Hagen, who helped Canada to a silver medal at the 2016 WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup, is a member of the Nova Scotia entry.

18U

For the first time since 2010, historic Labatt Park in London, Ontario will play host to the 18U National Championships. In 2010 Tecumseh (ON) took the gold medal and they are back in London this year as the Ontario rep. All 10 provinces will be represented in London featuring some athletes that recently competed in the Canada games in Winnipeg including gold medal winner Connor Sparks off Team Saskatchewan. Following opening ceremonies (6 pm E.T.) on Thursday, host London Badgers will square off against Manitoba at Labatt Park.

21U Men’s

For the first time since 2006, the National Capital region will play host to a national championship with Gatineau, Qué., hosting the 21U Men’s Championships. Three-time defending champions Québec headline a ten-team field that also includes the host Hull-Volant Squad. A Home Run derby at Sanscartier Park in Gatineau is on tap for Wednesday evening before the tournament begins on Thursday morning. Games will also take place in Ottawa at RCTG Park, home of the Can Am League’s Ottawa Champions.

Websites

DQ® 13U National Western
16U Girls Invitational
18U
21U Men

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.