Women's Canada/USA Series: USA doubles up on Canada

 Katie Hagen (Dartmouth, N.S.) started for the Canadian Women's National Team on Thursday and held the U.S. to one run in three innings. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Katie Hagen (Dartmouth, N.S.) started for the Canadian Women's National Team on Thursday and held the U.S. to one run in three innings. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissete

Baseball Canada

WASHINGTON, DC – A day after taking two games to start the Canada/USA summer development series, the Women’s National Team fell, 8-4, to the U.S. Women’s National Team Development Program at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy on Thursday.

The Women’s National Team program has 31 athletes split into two teams this week in the U.S. capital to play an exhibition series against USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team Development Program.

Box score: USA 8 Canada 4

Jade Gortarez drove in four Team USA runs as part of a 4-for-6 day at the plate to lead Team USA to their first victory in the series.

Canada had 10 hits and walked 10 times but left 13 runners on base, while Team USA had 12 hits, eight walks and left 14 runners on base in the nine-inning contest.

Claire Eccles (White Rock, B.C.) doubled in the game’s first run in the second and Kate Psota (Burlington, Ont.) put Canada in front, 2-1, in the third with a RBI single before the U.S. scored three runs in the fourth and added two more in the fifth to take a five-run lead.

With bases loaded, Gortarez singled in a run off Team Canada reliever Sarah Moir (Winnipeg, Man.) before a hit batter and walk brought in two more to give the U.S. a 4-2 lead.

Julia Jodouin (Sudbury, Ont.) drove in two runs on a single to left in the eighth that brought Canada to within three before the U.S. added an insurance marker in the ninth.

Starter Katie Hagen (Dartmouth, N.S.) gave Team Canada three innings of work on the mound and allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out one batter.

Up Next: The series resumes Friday at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy with a nine-inning contest slated for 5 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.