GB U18s put through their paces on Day 1 of the Canada Cup

Wed 10 Jul 2019

Great Britain U18s took on Tri City Titans and GA Power at Softball City on Monday, July 8th, as their Canada Cup campaign got under way in Surrey, BC.

Tri City wasted no time and slapped a couple of runs on the board in the first, capitalising on an error and a passed ball, but pitcher Hannah Edwards left the number seven batter looking to get GB up to bat. Shortstop Claire Xavier got things under way with a looping shot to the opposite field which was somehow caught by the smallest player on the diamond, shortly before Megan Kyte pulled a fierce line drive towards third base line which was also snagged, leaving the dugout wondering what they had to do to get on base.

The middle innings went by fairly uneventful: Edwards and Carys Lynch did well to get themselves on base and Esme Potter was hit by a pitch, but the Tri City pitching staff notched up six strikeouts in total before twisting the knife in the seventh with a further three runs to end the game at 5-0.

GB had their moments – Diana Nisbett was again outstanding at third base and Edwards tied up five batters (three of them looking), while Sidney Rose, one of the youngest in the team, rallied in the seventh with a bullet to left field.  The squad dusted themselves down and began to prepare for their evening game.

Next up were GA Power from Atlanta.  Batting first, GB went down 1-2-3 but got the wheels turning in the second with a couple of runs to tie the game in the second, thanks to hits from Sidney Rose and Emily Rosindell, while Elise Coulthard drew a full-count walk in her excellent at-bat.  Esme Potter then put down a superb sacrifice bunt to move Rosindell into scoring position, Carys Lynch hit opposite field to score Coulthard, but Rosindell was left stranded as the inning ended.

However, GA Power added a further two in the second inning as errors continued to plague the GB defense.  Pitcher Megan Kyte was defiant and struck out five batters, Potter dashed down to first faster than Teddy Brown on xylophone but GB were restricted to one base runner per inning at most for the remainder of the game.  GA Power eventually took the game at 4-2.

After a long day and a late ending, the team headed back to their hotel for some much-needed rest before they took on WA Acers the following afternoon (Tuesday 9th).

The Canada Cup features an International Division that regularly hosts some of the world’s top national teams, as well as Futures (Under-19) and Showcase (Under-16) Divisions for younger national, club and travel balls teams thereby providing GB teams with a first class competitive development opportunity in each division.

Follow the action on the tournament website here.

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