Women's Canada/USA Series: Canada, USA play to draw

 Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

WASHINGTON, DC – The Women’s National Team rallied from a three-run deficit and settled for a 4-4 tie with USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team Development Program at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.

Canada outhit USA 13-6 but had to play catch-up after falling behind 4-1 after five innings.

Claire Eccles (Surrey, B.C.) gave Canada a solid start on the mound allowing one run on two hits and three walks over three innings of work, while Amanda Asay (Prince George, B.C.) tossed three scoreless innings in late relief.

Canada opened the scoring in the second after Madison Willan’s (Edmonton, Alta.) two-out double brought in Jenn Gilroy (Mississauga, Ont.) from first base.

The U.S. answered back with a run in the third before scoring a pair in the fourth and adding a single in the fifth.

Nicole Luchanski (Edmonton, Alta.) led off the sixth with a single before Canada loaded the bases on singles from Pascal Jalbert (St-Honoré, Que.) and Marie-France Castillo (Laval, Que.). Back-to-back U.S. errors brought in two runs before Carrie Jesperson (Spruce Grove, Alta.) tied the score with an RBI single in the seventh.

Eight different players collected hits for Team Canada including Jalbert, Castillo, Willan, Jesperson and Emma March (Vancouver, B.C.) who had two apiece.

Up Next: The series concludes on Sunday at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy as both Canada and the United States playing split-squad games at 11 am E.T. and 4 p.m. E.T. Follow live here: http://sidearmstats.com/usabaseball/national_team/

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.