Ontario repeats as gold medal winners at Women's Invitational Championships

 The Ontario squad won gold at the Women's Invitational Championships in Montreal on Sunday.

The Ontario squad won gold at the Women's Invitational Championships in Montreal on Sunday.

July 8, 2018

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

MONTRÉAL- Hannah Martensen tossed a complete-game and earned the win to lead Ontario to its second consecutive gold medal at the Women’s Invitational Championships with a 6-2 victory over the 21U Prospects.

The win capped an undefeated week for Ontario who won the event for the eighth time since it was first played in 2006.

Trailing by a run in the third inning, Ashley Stephenson picked up her first of two RBI on the evening with a ground out that scored Lindsay Wilcox. Ontario took the lead in the fourth after Ella Matteucci led off with a triple and scored on Emma Carr’s RBI ground out.

After allowing a run in the second, Martensen settled in and blanked the Prospects in the third, fourth and fifth frames before they scored a run in the sixth that came on an error. 

Katie Hagen tossed five innings for the Prospects and fanned five in taking the loss.

Earlier in the day, Québec gave Ontario all they could handle in the semi final contest as it took nine innings with the winning run scoring on an error to book Ontario’s ticket to the gold medal game.

Autumn Mills tossed nine innings for Ontario while Québec’s Anne-Sophie Lavallée pitched eight and one-third innings in what was a classic pitcher’s duel.

Meanwhile, in the other semi-final, the 21U Prospects used a six-inning effort from Allison Schroder and received some timely hitting to double-up on Alberta, 6-3.

Alberta proved that they had plenty left in the tank as they came away with a 3-1 victory over Québec to win the bronze medal. McKinlee Kaulbach went the distance tossing seven innings and giving up just one run on four hits while striking out one. 

Tournament awards were handed out to Ontario’s Ella Matteucci (Top Catcher) and Alberta’s Nicole Luchanski (Top Defensive Player) and Madison Willan (Top Hitter).

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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.