Women’s National Softball Team Ready to Compete at USA Softball International Cup

Women’s National Softball Team Ready to Compete at USA Softball International Cup

8 July 2018 Gilles LeBlanc

International Cup

Irvine, Calif. – The Canadian Women’s National Softball Team is set to compete at the USA Softball International Cup in Irvine, Calif. this week from July 9-15. Team Canada will start the event with a doubleheader, facing Mexico at 4:00pm PDT followed by Venezuela at 6:30pm PDT on Monday, July 9th.
The event will feature a total of 13 teams, including six of the top eight countries from the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s Women’s Softball World Rankings – No. 1 Japan, No. 2 USA No. 3 Canada, No. 5 Chinese Taipei, No. 6 Puerto Rico and No. 7 Mexico. Also competing will be No. 10 Czech Republic, No. 12 China, No. 17 Venezuela, No. 19 Peru and No. 31 Colombia. The United States will field a second team and the Scrap Yard Dawgs will also be playing to complete the field. The teams have been divided into two pools, with the top team from each pool advancing to the Gold medal game and other teams paired up for placement games.
Team Canada is coming off a two-week tour of Japan where they went 10-1 against local club teams. Following the completion of the USA Softball International Cup, Canada will travel to Surrey, B.C. to compete at the Canada Cup International Softball Championship from July 17-22. The WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship will take place August 2-12 in Chiba, Japan.
The athletes who will represent Team Canada at the USA Softball International Cup are:


Kara Bilodeau Cumming, Ga.
Kristen Brown Levittown, N.Y.
Jenna Caira Toronto, Ont.
Emma Entzminger Victoria, B.C.
Larissa Franklin Maple Ridge, B.C.
Kenzie Friesen Saskatoon, Sask.
Jennifer Gilbert Saskatoon, Sask.
Sara Groenewegen Surrey, B.C.
Victoria Hayward Toronto, Ont.
Karissa Hovinga Edmonton, Alta.
Kelsey Jenkins Delta, B.C.
Janet Leung Mississauga, Ont.
Joey Lye Toronto, Ont.
Sara Plourde Baker Lake, N.B.
Erika Polidori Brantford, Ont.
Kaleigh Rafter Guelph, Ont.
Jenn Salling Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Nicole Schroeder Yorba Linda, Calif.
Holly Speers Surrey, B.C.
Natalie Wideman Mississauga, Ont.


Head Coach Mark Smith Falmouth, N.S.
Assistant Coach Melissa Basilio Oshawa, Ont.
Assistant Coach Russell Cooper Tahiti Bay, NZL
Assistant Coach Dave Paetkau Abbotsford, B.C.
Performance Analyst Hubie Basilio Oshawa, Ont.
Performance Analyst Glenn Boles St. Catharines, Ont.
Strength & Conditioning Melissa Lacroix Penetanguishene, Ont.
Mental Performance Lauren Tashman Pennington, N.J.
Athletic Therapist Nikki Antonopoulos Caledon, Ont.
Team Leader Melissa Finley London, Ont.


Andrew Gallant Berry Mills, N.B.
Geneviève Gaudreau La Prairie, Que.
Scott McLaren Penticton, B.C.


July 9 Canada vs. Mexico 4:00pm PDT Stream | Stats
  Canada vs. Venezuela 6:30pm PDT Stream | Stats
July 10 Canada vs. Colombia 4:30pm PDT Stream | Stats
July 11 Canada vs. Japan 11:30pm PDT Stream | Stats
July 12 Canada vs. United States Blue 4:00pm PDT ESPN | Stats
July 13 Canada vs. Czech Republic 11:00am PDT Stream | Stats
July 15 Placement Games TBD Stream | Stats