2019 WBSC U19 Women’s World Cup – Day 6

15 August 2019 | Gilles LeBlanc |

Irvine, Calif. – The Canadian Junior Women’s National Softball Team put itself in a great position to compete for a medal at the WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup with a 5-3 win over China and a 7-0 victory over Australia on Thursday. Canada (4-2) will close the Super Round against Puerto Rico (1-4) at 5:30pm PDT (8:30pm EDT) on Friday.

In the first game against China, Canada jumped out to an early lead as Kendra Falby (Tampa, Fla.) led off with a single, stole second and scored on a single to center by Allyse Volpe (Scarborough, Ont.). After Volpe stole second, Alexis Lucyshyn (Calgary, Alta.) hit a ground ball up the middle to score Volpe to give Canada a 2-0 lead. China tied the game up in the third by taking advantage of an error and three singles to push two runs in to score.

Canada was able to regain the lead in the bottom half of the fifth when Volpe laced a one-out triple to right and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Lauren Benson (Surrey, B.C.). The red and white added a pair of insurance runs the following inning, as Mia Valcke (St. Marys, Ont.) led off with a single, was sacrificed to second and later scored on a single by Falby, with the other run scoring on a fielder’s choice to make the score 5-2. China was able to get one run in the top of the seventh but that was as close as they would get.

Box Score: Canada 5 vs. China 3

Falby and Volpe led Canada at the plate with two hits and a run batted in each, with Falby adding four stolen bases and Benson driving in two runs. In the pitcher’s circle, Lucyshyn picked up the win by scattering two runs on six hits and striking out four batters in five innings of work. Kianna Jones (Surrey, B.C.) registered the save, allowing one run on three hits and two strikeouts in two innings of relief.

Against Australia, Samantha Ryan (Monroe, N.Y.) and Maddie Hickingbottom (Glen Williams, Ont.)  shared the pitching duties with three innings a piece and combined for a no-hitter in the six inning win. The Canadian bats picked up right where they left off earlier in the day, with Rebecca Jones (Toronto, Ont.) connecting with a one-out triple to center before scoring on a double down the left field line by Benson. A single by Grace Messmer (Surrey, B.C.) moved Benson over to third followed by a sacrifice fly by Lucyshyn to give Canada another 2-0 lead after one inning of play.

In the bottom of the second, Canada poured on offensively as Cameryn Maykut (Winnipeg, Man.) and Falby hit back-to-back one-out doubles followed by a walk to load the bases, with Messmer coming up with a key two-run single with two outs followed by an RBI single by Lucyshyn to give Canada a 5-0 lead. In the third, Valcke led off with a single and advanced to third on an error before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Maykut. Canada put the game away in the bottom of the sixth when Falby walked, stole second, advanced to third on a deep fly ball and scored on an error to end the game on the run rule.

Box Score: Canada 7 vs. Australia 0

Ryan got the pitching start for Canada and held Australia hitless while issuing only one walk and striking out one over the first three innings. Hickingbottom was just as effective, also walking only one batter and striking out three in her three innings in the circle. At the plate, Messmer went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in with Falby, Benson and Maykut each adding a double. Lucyshyn drove in two runs.

The two wins improved Canada’s Super Round record to 4-2, good for third behind Japan (5-0) and the United States (4-0). There is currently a three way tie between Chinese Taipei, Australia and Mexico at 2-3. The top two records after the Super Round will play for Gold on Saturday, with the following two team competing for Bronze.


Scott Searle announced as Team Ontario Male Head Coach

Softball Ontario is pleased to announce the coaching staff for Team Ontario’s men’s softball team that will be representing Ontario at the 2021 Canada Summer Games in the Niagara region of southwestern Ontario.

Brad Thomson, OASA President, in announcing the coaching staff said, “We are excited to be able to have such a strong combination of staff with technical and playing experience to identify and develop our players to proudly represent us against the best players from across the country. We are confident that Scott and Jamie will do a great job in getting the most out of each player and that Paddy will make sure that all of the off-field logistics are taken care of to let the athletes and coaches focus on playing ball.”

Scott Searle will take over the reins as the Head Coach for this cycle after serving as an Assistant Coach for the 2017 team. Scott brings a wealth of coaching experience and technical skills to the role. He is a fully certified Level 4 coach with a Diploma in High-Performance Coaching. He is the Master Coach Developer for Softball Ontario’s Competitive Coaching Stream and was recently named Team Leader for the 2018 Junior Men’s National Team. He has held a number of coaching positions with senior men’s teams and several women’s teams in the Ottawa area, where he is a high school teacher.

Jamie Simpson will be the Assistant Coach. The Simpson name has long-standing ties to many successful teams from Owen Sound and Jamie has been both a player and a coach on several of those. He is an accomplished pitcher having success provincially, nationally and internationally that will no doubt help in the mentoring and development of pitchers and players throughout this cycle. He is an active participant on Softball Ontario’s CANpitch committee. Jamie is currently the Head Coach of the U23 Owen Sound Selects and teaches elementary school in Cambridge.

Paddy Fitzgerald-Nolan returns as the Team Manager, a role in which she excelled for the 2017 team. Paddy brings an enthusiastic positive attitude to everything she does in addition to strong organizational and event planning skills to make sure that all of the necessary logistics are taken care of. Paddy is in her 11th year as the Treasurer for the OASA and has demonstrated her ability to plan and execute events of all sizes on numerous occasions.

Isabelle Cayer joins 2018 Webinar Series

Softball Ontario’s 2018 Webinar Series wraps up on Monday, April 23, 2018, as Canadian Coaching expert Isabelle Cayer joins the series to discuss “Women in Coaching: How to Increase the Number of Women in Coaching”!

Isabelle Cayer is a Senior Coaching Consultant with the Coaching Association of Canada, working with nine National Sport Organizations on coach education, and is the manager of the Women in Coaching Program. She has been working at the national level of sport for 20 years, previously with Skate Canada, managing national coaching programs and spearheading LTAD. She is a current NCCP Master Coach Developer and CAAWS Women & Leadership Program Facilitator. A graduate of the University of Ottawa, a former competitive athlete, NCCP Certified Provincial Coach in figure skating, she volunteers her time in sport as the current President of a skating club, and events such as the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2010 Olympic Winter Games.