Women's Invitational: Ontario wins gold!

 Team Ontario captured the gold medal at Baseball Canada's Women's Invitational Championships in Windsor, Ont., on Sunday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Team Ontario captured the gold medal at Baseball Canada's Women's Invitational Championships in Windsor, Ont., on Sunday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- Ashley Stephenson went 4-for-6 with a double, triple and four RBI to lead Ontario to a record seventh Women’s Invitational Championships gold medal with a 15-8 win over Alberta. The top of Ontario’s batting order was virtually unstoppable with Lindsay Wilcox going 2-for-6, Jenna Flannigan 3-for-5, Stephenson and Kate Psota 3-for-4. Together the foursome went 12-for-21, scored nine runs and drove in nine runs. Mena Florio allowed just two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings of work to earn the win as Ontario built a three-run lead after one and had a six-run lead after five.  Kelsey Lalor had two doubles, a triple and drove in three runs for Alberta in the loss.

Ontario has medalled in all Women’s Invitational Championship tournaments since the event began in 2006. They have seven gold, four silver and one bronze.

Bronze Medal: Québec 5 BC 4

Noemie Lapointe’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh scored Ann Sophie Lavallée with the winning run to give Québec a 5-4 walk-off win over BC and the Women’s Invitational bronze medal. Québec had taken a 3-2 lead into the seventh inning only to see BC score twice in the top of the frame which set up the walk-off win in the bottom half. The loss spoiled a complete-game bid for BC starter Claire Eccles who had three strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings of work while Daphnee Gelinas was credited with the win for Québec.

Kelsey Lalor tossed three scoreless innings on the mound and went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI to lead Alberta to an 11-2 win over BC in a semi-final contest. In the other semi, Autumn Mills threw a complete-game and Jenn Gilroy knocked in a pair of runs for Ontario in an 8-2 win over Québec.

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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.