Women's Canada/USA Series: U.S. evens series on final day

 Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

WASHINGTON, DC – The development series between Baseball Canada’s Women’s National Team Program and USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team Development Program concluded with the U.S. taking both ends of a split-squad doubleheader at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Development Complex.

The seven-game series finished with both teams going 3-3-1.

USA Stripes 11 Canada Maple 5

USA Stripes broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the third before scoring five in the fourth to eventually come away with an 11-5 win.

Designated hitter Kate Psota (Burlington, Ont.) enjoyed a 2-for-4 game at the plate including a double and drove in two runs while Allison Schroder (Fruitvale, B.C.) smacked a double and scored twice.

On the mound, Mena Florio (Vaughan, Ont.) tossed two scoreless innings allowing just one hit and one walk, while striking out two batters.

USA Stars 9 Canada Leaf 3

After scoring three runs in the fist inning, USA Stars added three more in the third to hold off Canada Leaf, 9-3.

Daphnée Gélinas (Québec City, Que.) and Nicole Luchanski (Edmonton, Alta.) both singled in the third with Gélinas eventually scoring on a balk, while Amanda Asay’s (Prince George, B.C.) single to right brought in Luchanski.

Gélinas reached on a walk in the fifth and later came around to score on an error for Canada Leaf’s third run.

Noémie Lapointe (Laval, Que.) did not allow an earned run over two innings on the mound and struck out one.

Athletes, coaches and staff will return home on Monday. The Women’s National Team Program will now set their sights on preparations for the 2018 WBSC Women’s 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.