October2006

Softball Canada - Canada Drops to 2-2 at Pan Am Championships

October 3, 2006

HERMOSILLO - Mexico


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 3, 2006

 

Canada Drops to 2-2 at Pan Am Championships

 

(HERMOSILLO - Mexico) - Team Canada's record dropped to 2-2 at the Pan American Softball Championships with a 2-1 loss to the undefeated Venezuela on Monday October 2nd in Hermosillo, Mexico.

 

Venezuela took a quick lead in the top of the first inning when third baseman Iran Paez took a 1-0 offering from Frank Cox (Owen Sound, ON) over the left field fence. Canada responded in the bottom half of the 1st when Pat Mackintosh (Saskatoon, SK) drove a single to left field.  Mackintosh was then driven home on a Rob Gray (Toronto, ON) triple.

 

Mackintosh was the only Canadian with more than one hit as he singled again in the 3rd inning. "I've just been putting the bat on the ball and it has been dropping in for hits” said Mackintosh.

 

Team Canada had runners in scoring position in both the 4th and 6th innings but was unable to deliver the timely hit needed to tie the game.  Cox went the distance for Canada in the circle and was credited with the loss allowing 2 runs on 3 hits striking out 9 Venezuela batters.

 

Canada only managed 4 hits off the four Venezuelan pitchers that saw action in the evening contest.  "We were beaten by a better team tonight" stated Mark Smith, Head Coach. "Our inexperience is showing but that’s why we’re here – to gain that experience.”

 

Canada will look to bounce back today as they face Ecuador (10:00 am) and the Host, Mexico (7:00 pm).  Canada will then face Argentina (10:00 am) and the US Virgin Islands (7:00 pm) on Wednesday, October 4th, Bahamas (8:00 am) on Thursday, October 5th and will round out the round robin against Guatemala (5:00 pm) on Friday, October 6th.

 

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For more information, please contact

 

Rick Picard

Director, Marketing and Communications

Softball Canada

rpicard@softball.ca

(613) 523-3386

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