Baseball Canada announces athletes for Women's National Team summer program

August 7, 2017


OTTAWA – Baseball Canada is pleased to announce the names of 31 athletes invited to participate in the Women’s National Team’s 2017 summer program. The athletes were selected from the Women’s Invitational Championships in Windsor, Ontario that was won by Ontario after a 15-8 win over Alberta in the gold medal contest.

Athletes, coaches and staff will travel to Washington, DC today and will be split into two teams with each playing a four-game series against two teams from USA Baseball from August 9th to 13th. At the halfway point of the series, on August 11th, both Canada and USA will combine their squads to play a true “Canada vs USA” exhibition contest.

“We’re very excited to have this opportunity and to partner with USA Baseball on an event that will promote growth and development for both programs,” said Women’s National Team Manager André Lachance. “With 2017 being a non World Cup year, it is crucial for our program to expose as many athletes as possible to international baseball and the highest levels of the women’s game. This event will provide our coaching staff with another opportunity to evaluate talent as we prepare the next Women’s Baseball World Cup in 2018.”

Lachance returns to his managerial chair that he has held since the Women’s National Team programs’ inception in 2004. Former big leaguer Aaron Myette returns to the staff to handle the Pitching Coach duties as he did in 2016, while Sheen Bromley, Scott MacKenzie and Patricia Landry return to the staff from 2016. Former National Team player Karine Gagné will join the staff as a guest coach.

Of the 31 athletes named, 16 have previous experience with the Women’s National Team program including 14-year veterans Kate Psota (Burlington, ON) and Ashley Stephenson (Mississauga, ON) who have been with program since the inaugural season in 2004 and have played in all seven WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cups and the 2015 Pan Am Games. The roster also includes left-handed pitcher Claire Eccles who made headlines earlier in 2017 after becoming the first female to play in the West Coast League as a member of the Victoria (BC) HarbourCats. Fourteen players named to the roster helped Canada win a silver medal at the 2016 WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup in Gijang, Korea while nine are holdovers from the 2015 squad that captured a silver medal at the Pan Am Games. Fifteen athletes named to the roster will be participating with the program for the first time.

Schedule: Canada vs USA Series

*All times eastern

August 8         Canada Practice      9am-12pm
August 9         USA Stars vs Canada Maple 11am, USA Stripes vs Canada Leaf 3pm
August 10       USA vs Canada       4pm
August 11       USA vs Canada       6pm
August 12       USA vs Canada       2pm
August 13       USA Stripes vs Canada Maple 11am, USA Stars vs Canada Leaf    4pm

ROSTER

Players/Joueuses

Hometown/

Lieu de naissance

Bat-Th

Position

Years with National Team

Hailey Coumont

Calgary, Alberta

R/L

OF-LHP

1

Carrie Jesperson

Spruce Grove, Alberta

R/R

OF

1

Kelsey Lalor

Red Deer, Alberta

L/R

OF

5

Nicole Luchanski

Edmonton, Alberta

R/R

2B

13

Kaitlyn Ross

Redcliff, Alberta

R/R

C

1

Madison Willan

Edmonton, Alberta

R/R

RHP

1

Amanda Asay

Prince George, BC

R/R

RHP

13

Niki Boyd

Surrey, BC

R/R

SS

6

Claire Eccles

White Rock, BC

L/L

LHP-OF

4

Stacy Fournier

Langley, BC

L/R

RHP-1B

2

Kate Psota

Burlington, Ontario

L/R

1B

14

Jennifer Gilroy

Mississauga, Ontario

R/R

C-1B

9

Mena Florio

Vaughan, Ontario

R/R

RHP

1

Emma Carr

Toronto, Ontario

L/R

OF

3

Ashley Stephenson

Oakville, Ontario

R/R

3B

14

Jenna Flannigan

Cornwall, Ontario

L/L

OF

6

Marie-France Castillo

Laval, Québec

R/R

C

1

Daphnée Gélinas

Québec, Québec

L/R

OF-INF

3

Noémie Lapointe

Laval, Québec

R/R

RHP

1

Pascale Jalbert

St-Honoré, Québec

R/R

3B-RHP

2

Ann-Sophie Lavallée

Boucherville, Québec

R/L

LHP

2

Stephanie Ellis

Brantford, Ontario

R/R

INF-RHP

1

Tess Forman

Ottawa, Ontario

R/R

RHP

1

Katie Hagen

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

R/R

RHP

2

Heather Healey

Paradise, Newfoundland

R/R

RHP-OF

3

Katie Hepner

Winkler, Manitoba

R/R

SS-RHP

1

Julia Jodouin

Sudbury, Ontario

L/R

1B-3B

1

Britney Langlais

Garson, Manitoba

R/R

RHP

1

Emma March

Vancouver, BC

R/R

OF-RHP

1

Sarah Moir

Winnipeg, Manitoba

R/R

RHP

1

Allison Schroder

Fruitvale, BC

R/R

INF-RHP

1

 

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Staff

Hometown

Position

 

André Lachance

Ottawa, Ontario

Head Coach

 

Aaron Myette

New Westminster, BC

Pitching Coach

 

Sheen Bromley

Edmonton, Alberta

Assistant Coach

 

Patricia Landry

Mascouche, Québec

Assistant Coach

 

Scott MacKenzie

Coquitlam, BC

Assistant Coach

 

Karine Gagné

Rimouski, Québec

Guest Coach

 

Raymonde Fortin

St-Hubert, Québec

Athletic Therapist

 

Marie-Claude Fournier

Rimouski, Québec

Athletic Therapist

 

David Gagné-Côté

Ottawa, Ontario

Equipment Manager

 

Penny Fitzsimmons

Saskatoon, SK

Business Manager

 

 

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