U-18 World Cup schedule for Thunder Bay

 The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has announced the schedule (above) for the U-18 Baseball World Cup that will take place in Thunder Bay, Ont. from September 1 to 10. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has announced the schedule (above) for the U-18 Baseball World Cup that will take place in Thunder Bay, Ont. from September 1 to 10. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

May 31, 2017

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- Canada will open the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup on September 1 against Chinese Taipei at Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay, Ont., after the World Baseball Softball Confederation announced today the game schedule for the event that will take place from September 1 to 10.

A record nine top 10 countries have qualified into the 12-nation, premier youth baseball tournament, which will feature the best 16- to 18-year-old baseball players from around the world.

Canada, ranked No. 10 in the world, will participate in Group A in the Opening Round along with No. 4 Chinese Taipei, No. 8 Australia, No. 12 Italy, No. 3 Korea and No. 15 Nicaragua, while Group B will feature three-time defending champion No. 2 USA who will be joined by No. 5 Cuba, No. 1 Japan, No. 6 Mexico, No. 9 Netherlands and No. 29 South Africa.

Canada will take on Nicaragua (September 2), Korea (September 3), Italy (September 4) and Australia (September 5) in Opening Round action with the top three seeds in each group advancing to the Super Round.

Teams advancing to the Super Round will carry their Opening Round records with them (only against teams that are also advancing) to the Super Round and play against the top three seeds from the opposite group from September 7 to 9. On September 10, the top two seeds following Super Round play will meet for gold while the third and fourth seeds will play for bronze.

Team Canada is receiving automatic entry into the event by virtue of being the host nation while all other participating nations qualified through various regional events.

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).

Prior to the World Cup, Team Canada will hold a selection camp in Ajax, Ont. from August 18 to 28 where 20 players will be chosen to represent their country in Thunder Bay.

Schedule – 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup

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.