Baseball Canada announces Women's National Team summer program
OTTAWA- Baseball Canada is pleased to announce details for the Women’s National Team summer program that will take place following the completion of the Senior Women’s Invitational Championships in Windsor, Ontario.
From August 8 to 13, Baseball Canada will partner with USA Baseball to hold a player development camp in Washington, DC at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy.
With 2017 being a non World Cup year, the Women’s National Team program will select 30 athletes from the Senior Women’s Invitational that will be split into two teams with each playing a four-game series against two teams from USA Baseball. 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.
The Women’s National Team program enjoyed a successful year in 2016 that was highlighted by a silver medal performance at the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup in Gijang, Korea. Canada is currently ranked No. 2 in the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Rankings.
Schedule: Canada vs USA Series
*All times eastern
August 8 Canada Practice 9am-12pm
August 9 USA 1 vs Canada 1 11am, USA 2 vs Canada 2 4pm
August 10 USA 2 vs Canada 1 11am, USA 1 vs Canada 2 4pm
August 11 USA vs Canada 6pm
August 12 USA 1 vs Canada 2 1pm, USA 2 vs Canada 1 6pm
August 13 USA 1 vs Canada 1 11am, USA 2 vs Canada 2 4pm