2008 TRI NATIONS Tournament:Saskatoon

July 3, 2008

Saskatoon, SK

We are having technical difficulties here in Saskatoon for the live audio broadcasting of the 2008 TRI nations tournament. We should be up and running for Saturday's and Sunday's  game though.

Softball showcase on deck
Kevin Mitchell, The StarPhoenix
Published: Thursday, July 03, 2008
Saskatoon's Trevor Ethier is anxious to show off his home digs to an international collection of friends and foes.
Ethier is pitching for Team Canada during this week's Ramada 3 Nations Challenge -- a men's softball tournament featuring the national squads from Canada, Japan and the United States.
All three teams played exhibition games at points across Saskatchewan this week and settle into Saskatoon for the tournament tonight through Sunday.
"We have a world-class facility here," said Ethier, who has played with the national team since 2003. "All the places a person plays, all the countries, this is top-notch right here in Saskatoon. We have phenomenal facilities at both Bob Van Impe and Gordie Howe. You don't see many people with two parks as nice as we have here."
Van Impe is the site of choice this week -- all eight tournament games are slated to be played there.
All three teams will return to Saskatoon for the world championship next summer.
"It's a dress rehearsal for us," says Team Canada head coach Mark Smith. "It's a chance to get comfortable with the community and familiar with the ballfield."
Team Canada's 2009 world-championship preparations included a camp in Florida last month. Twenty-six players went and the team was pared to 20. The final 17-man roster will be announced this fall.


"I wouldn't say it's pressure," he said. "Being in the mix and knowing you have an opportunity to represent your country is exciting. You don't look at it as a pressure thing, as do-or-die. You're expected to perform as best you can and build off the days that go wrong."
All three teams kept busy Wednesday while waiting for the tourney to start. Japan played Saskatoon Aspen Interiors in a doubleheader in Prince Albert, while Canada took on the United States in Melfort.
At Bob Van Impe Stadium