Canada’s Women’s National Team Secures their fourth win at the Canada Cup against Israel

Canada’s Women’s National Team Secures their fourth win at the Canada Cup against Israel

4 July 2024 Cassidy Burton

Surrey, B.C. – Team Canada secured a 10-3 victory against Team Israel, marking their fourth win at the Canada Cup on Wednesday. 

The game began with Team Israel taking an early lead in the top of the first inning, scoring two runs with a pair of singles. However, Team Canada quickly responded in their turn at bat. Erika Polidori (Brantford, Ont.) reached first on an error, and CC Wong (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) followed with a walk. Callum Pilgrim (Abbotsford, B.C.) and Zoe Hicks (Boissevain, Man.) then delivered back-to-back singles to right field, driving in Polidori and Wong. With runners on first and third and one out, Grace Messmer (Surrey, B.C.) launched a three-run homer over left field after a nine-pitch at-bat, putting Canada ahead 5-2. 

In the bottom of the second inning, Canada extended their lead. Polidori hit a double to left field, and Hicks followed with a line drive to center field, bringing Polidori home. 

Team Israel managed to score one more run in the third inning on a throwing error with two outs, but Canada minimized the damage and maintained control of the game. 

Canada sealed their victory in the fifth inning by adding four more runs. Kianna Jones (Surrey, B.C.) hit a two-run homer, and Jana Want (Stoney Creek, Ont.) singled to left field, followed by Kelsey Harshman (Delta, B.C.) drawing a walk. With runners on first and third, Polidori drove in Want with a single to right field. Pilgrim capped off the scoring with a line drive to left field, driving in two more runs and making the final score 10-3. 

Sara Groenewegen (Surrey, B.C.) would start in the circle for team Canada, pitching three innings and allowing three runs (zero earned) and striking out four batters. Dawn Bodrug (Georgetown, Ont.) would come in as relief and shut down Team Israel in two innings, striking out three batters and giving up two hits. 

Team Canada’s next game is scheduled for today, July 4, at 6:00 PM PDT against Hong Kong, China.