Canadian Teams Set for 2018 Slo-Pitch Border Battle

Canadian Teams Set for 2018 Slo-Pitch Border Battle

26 July 2018 Gilles LeBlanc

2018 Border Battle

Kitchener, Ont. – The Canadian Men’s and Women’s Slo-Pitch Teams are ready to compete at the 2018 Slo-Pitch Border Battle, which will consist of a series of games in Kitchener, Ont. from July 27 to 29 leading up to the two Border Battle games. This will mark the second edition of the Women’s Slo-Pitch Border Battle, with Team Canada scheduled to take on the United States at 4:00pm EDT on July 29. The tenth Men’s Slo-Pitch Border Battle will follow at 6:00pm EDT.
 
A total of seven Men’s teams and four Women’s teams will compete in a series of exhibition games preceding the annual Border Battle. In addition to Team Canada and Team USA, other teams competing on the Men’s side will be the USA Futures and three other teams – Kahunaverse East, Kahunaverse West and OC. The Women’s event will include Kahunaverse and OC teams.
 
Canada is coming off a pair of big wins at the previous Border Battle held last year, as the Men’s team defeated the United States 31-28 and the Women’s team won the inaugural event against the United States by a 12-8 score.
 
Both the Canadian Men's and Women's Slo-Pitch teams will be adding up to three athletes from the other Canadian teams competing throughout the weekend.
 
The following athletes will represent Team Canada at the 2018 Slo-Pitch Border Battle: 

MEN'S TEAM

FIRST NAME LAST NAME HOMETOWN
Colin Andrews Hanover, Ont.
Jeff Andrews St. Albert, Alta.
Dave Goulet Sherbrooke, Que.
Kyle Knechtel Ayr, Ont.
Dany Laprise Sherbrooke, Que.
Steele Lewis Windsor, Ont.
Dustin McLoughlin Maple Ridge, B.C.
Ron Nadalin Woodstock, Ont.
Curtis Neabel Woodstock, Ont.
Chris Parr Chilliwack, B.C.
Justin Pennell Toronto, Ont.
Hunter Platten Edmonton, Alta.
Jeff Zanolli Taber, Alta.
Josh Zanolli Drayton Valley, Alta.

MEN'S COACHING STAFF

POSITION NAME HOMETOWN
Head Coach Grant Garrett Georgetown, Ont.
Assistant Coach Mike Hrynenko Winnipeg, Man.
Team Leader Ryan DeBelser Prince George, B.C,
Manager Mike Branchaud Ottawa, Ont.

WOMEN'S TEAM

FIRST NAME LAST NAME HOMETOWN
Jackie Bates Langley, B.C.
Ericka Burns West Lorne, Ont.
Tina Gulbrandsen Langley, B.C.
Tonya Gulbrandsen Langley, B.C.
Kait Kloet Simcoe, Ont.
Ashley Klunder Brantford, Ont.
Kiera Lyons Ryley, Alta.
Michelle Lorenz Toronto, Ont.
Jacqueline O'Quinn Toronto, Ont.
Jessica O'Quinn Toronto, Ont.
Patti Simon Big Horn, Alta.
Paige Smith Gretna, Man.
Kearstin Solberg Ryley Alta.
Lenny Stoddart Bolton, Ont.
Charity (Fez) Verboom Shannonville, Ont.

WOMEN'S COACHING STAFF

POSITION NAME HOMETOWN
Head Coach Tony Carnelos Georgetown, Ont.
Assistant Coach Kelly Hryniw Ardrossan, Alta.
Team Leader Ryan DeBelser Prince George, B.C.
Manager Mike Branchaud Ottawa, Ont.

UMPIRES

FIRST NAME LAST NAME HOMETOWN
Gary Barnes Leduc, Alta.
Stuart Bowden Ottawa, Ont.
Sandra Forand Welland, Ont.
Mark Gough Moncton, N.B.
David Jones Grimsby, Ont.
Bob Smith Ajax, Ont.

CANADA SCHEDULE

DATE GAME TIME
July 27 Canada (M) vs. Kahunaverse West 2:30pm EDT
  Canada (W) vs. OC 6:00pm EDT
  Canada (M) vs. USA Futures 9:00pm EDT
July 28 Canada (W) vs. OC 11:00am EDT
  Canada (M) vs. Kahunaverse East 12:30pm EDT
  Canada (W) vs. Kahunaverse 5:00pm EDT
  Canada (M) vs. OC 8:30pm EDT
July 29 Canada (W) vs. Kahunaverse 12:30pm EDT
  Canada (M) vs. Recrupharm 2:00pm EDT
  Women's Border Battle: Canada vs. United States 4:00pm EDT
  Men's Border Battle: Canada vs. United States 6:00pm EDT

Live GameChanger scoring and live streaming (archived games will be available here) are available through the tournament website at https://softball.ca/borderbattle