Canada Cup Update: GB U22s and U18s (Friday)

Mon 15 Jul 2019


As the Great Britain Under-18 and Under-22 squads continue tournament play at the 2019 Canada Cup, the U18s came away with a big win to advance to the playoffs and the U22 team lost a thrilling heartbreaker as pool play finished.

U18s Update

11 July 2019

Great Britain’s Under-18s picked up their first win of the tournament at Canada Cup on Thursday, a convincing 6-1 victory over Saskatoon at Cloverfield Athletic Park. The victory qualified the team for the Futures Gold playoffs.

Acting head coach Greg Seeley headed out early to scout the opposition in advance of the game, and having figured out their pitching and defense, his insight proved essential for GB.

Pitcher Megan Kyte whiffed two batters in the first, while Hannah Edwards knocked a line drive down to left field to give GB a perfect leadoff. Diana Nisbett then scored Edwards with an RBI triple and Nisbett was brought in by an inch-perfect bunt from Kyte. Sidney Rose delivered yet again in her first at-bat to score Kyte and GB deservedly led the game 2-0 through the first three innings.

More hits from Emily Rosindell and Carys Lynch kept the dugout hot as Megan Kyte’s herculean performance continued to frustrate Saskatoon in the fourth. With all three batters out of her hair, Kyte crushed a drive to left centre for a leadoff double and catcher Elise Coulthard brought her in soon after. Rose again smacked a single to right field as Saskatoon managed a single run in response, but GB were soaring and doubled off a runner at third thanks to quick thinking from Coulthard.

The game fittingly ended with Kyte’s seventh strikeout of the day, setting GB up for a playoff against the Arizona Roadrunners on Friday at Softball City.

Photo by Inga Kenny.

U22s Update

12 July 2019

The Great Britain Under-22 ladies went in with a lot of energy and GB pride and flair to tackle the Canadian Juniors team on Friday. The goal was to win against the Canadian Juniors and go on to win the consolation bracket and it looked promising at the start.

Hits from Laura Hirai and Morgan Salmon put the team in high spirits. Both teams kept it tight until GB got the first run in the third inning thanks to hit from Alana Snow. The Canadian Juniors fought back with 2 runs in the bottom of third.

The GB ladies came back in the fifth inning with two more runs, taking the lead back. Canada’s Juniors countered with one run which made it a tie going into the last few innings. GB held tight defensively with a diving catch from Katie Burge and strong defensive plays from everyone on the team.

In the final innings, the GB ladies worked hard to hit back but their hits kept finding gloves. In the bottom of the seventh it was a tied game (3-3). Kim Hobson came in to pitch and Canada managed to get a batter on and move her around within 1 out. Great Britain’s coaches decided to walk two batters to create the potential for force outs and try to stop the front runner from getting in, but a hard hit between third and shortstop from a Canadian Junior gave them the win.

“It was a hard pill to swallow but the ladies held their heads high,” remarked Whitney Hollis, U-22 Team Manager. “They fought hard and they fought together.”

Great Britain finished 0-5 in Women’s Pool A, with most games in the brutal schedule quite close.

“For a team that only game together a week ago for the first time as the GB U-22 national team they performed well,” concluded Hollis. “They have learned a lot throughout the week that will help them to grow the sport. We showcased that GB talent is growing and has potential. Look out for these ladies in the future!”

Cover photo and final photo by Whitney Hollis.

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