Canada Cup Update: Team GB U18s and U22s!

Fri 12 Jul 2019

Photo: Inga Kenny

U18s Update

10 July 2019

The Team GB U18s took on the San Diego Renegades, and Team GB came out firing. Three strikeouts in the first for pitcher Hannah Edwards held the Renegades to just one run, and a great defensive performance from Diana Nisbett at third base kept the game close. In the Team GB fourth, Nisbett rifled a double to left field, dashed around to third and capitalized on a wild throw home to score Team GB's first run. Megan Kyte followed by steering a hit over the middle infield for a double, scoring on an Emily Rosindell single to bring GB within one run.

The Renegades added a further two runs in the seventh, with a nifty double play started by shortstop Claire Xavier and finished by Kyte at first base limiting the damage. Team GB swung away in the bottom half, but Renegades had shut the door – nobody reached base in the final inning and the game ended 4-2.  Sensing steady improvement as the tour progresses, Team GB coaches Greg Seeley and Tara Henry got to work with the team during the afternoon to build on the team’s promising performance.

Tomorrow the Team GB U18s face Saskatoon in their final round robin game at Cloverfield Park.

 

Photo: Inga Kenny

U22 Update

10 July 2019

The Team GB U22s started early on the 10th with a 10 AM game, with a slight delay due to some decidedly British weather. As the home side against Chinese Taipei, Team GB held their opponents of the scoreboard until the third inning. Team GB did their best to narrow the gap, scoring twice with hits from Lauren King and Morgan Salmon in the third, but the strong Chinese Taipei team forced an early end by virtue of run rule.

Playing again that night, Team GB's originally scheduled 7 PM game got underway due to rain at 9:30 PM against Triple Crown Colorado, an all-star American softball team with Division I athletes and members of US National Team. Team GB's ladies were a bit starstruck but held Colorado close for the first two innings, surrendering only a home run from Mia Davidson. Triple Crown had the chance to flex their muscles in the third, with their star-studded lineup dialing up the power. A highlight for the Team GB side was Mary Murray earning a strikeout of Reagan Dykes, a member of the University of Alabama's roster. After the run-rule was enforced in the fifth inning, the girls headed back to the hotel around 11 PM ready for an early start the next day.

11 July 2019

From a late night to an early start the next morning, Team GB rose ready to take on New Zealand. This time as the visiting side, Team GB struck first, with Katie Burge and Alana Snow driving in runs. Aubrey Peterson, Mary Murray and Megan Parno all tallied hits of their own, but New Zealand was able to claw back, scoring several times in the final two innings. A 7-4 final saw Team GB fight to the end, with their best offensive output of the tournament so far.

The next game was at 3:30 PM against Calahoon Erins, a women’s club team from Edmonton, Canada, who jumped out to an early 2 run lead. Team GB took advantage of errors to score runs in the 2nd and 3rd, with big hits from Morgan Salmon and Maddy Chappel and held a 4-2 advantage through four innings. Calahoon fought back, however, and scored four runs to take a 6-4 victory despite a late Team GB rally in the seventh inning.

The Team GB U22s were up against elite talent - and will be fighting out of the tournament consolation bracket to wrap up this year's Canada Cup.

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