Women's Canada/USA Series: Offence leads the way in win over USA

 Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

WASHINGTON, DC – Jenna Flannigan (Cornwall, Ont.) smacked three doubles and drove in three runs to lead the Women’s National Team to a 12-5 win over USA Baseball’s Women’s Development Program at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy on Friday.

The game was declared official due to inclement weather after play was halted in the top of the seventh.

After both teams traded runs in the first, Nicole Luchanski (Edmonton, Alta.) drove in her first of two runs on the day with a single to centre that brought in Kaitlyn Ross (Redcliff, Alta.). Luchanksi went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Ross stepped to the plate with two runners on and two out in the top of the third and delivered a double to centre that scored two to put Canada up by three before a four-run fourth provided a seven-run cushion. Julia Jodouin (Sudbury, Ont.) contributed a two-run single while Emma Carr (Toronto, Ont.) added an RBI single.

Canada starter Ann-Sophie Lavallée (Boucherville, Que.) allowed just one run over three innings of work to earn the win.

A double from Flannigan brought in a run in the fifth before Nikki Boyd (Surrey, B.C.) and Luchanski drove in runs in the sixth as Canada scored four more in the inning to go up 12-5.

Up Next: The series resumes on Sunday at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy with a nine-inning contest slated for 2 pm 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.