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Québec captures Women’s National Championship

GRANBY – Québec would run the table at the Baseball Canada Senior Women’s National Championship on route to a gold medal performance in the final as they would defeat Ontario by a score of 5-0 to capture the National Championship.

Québec got on the board immediately in the bottom of the first inning. Patricia Landry (Trois-Rivières, QC) drew a leadoff walk, and then stole second and moved up to third on Karine Gagné’s (Granby, QC) single.

With one out now in the inning and Gagné now on second after stealing the bag and Landry still on third, Marie-Josée Tremblay (St-Honoré, QC) hit into a fielder’s choice, allowing Landry to score and put Québec ahead 1-0.

They would add another in the frame when Geneviève Morneau-Vaillancourt (Québec City, QC) drove in Gagné with an RBI single to make it 2-0 for Québec.

Team Québec would increase their lead in the bottom of the second by adding two more runs, first on the RBI single from Stephanie Savoie (La Pocatière, QC), her first of two RBI on the day, and then Tremblay drove in her second run of the game on a sacrifice fly, scoring Landry to put Québec ahead 4-0.

The girls from Québec would make it a five run lead in the fourth as Savoie, who was 2-for-4 in the gold medal game, knocked in her second run with a double. This would be more than enough for the Québec hurlers on this day.

Melanie Anctil (St-Hubert, QC), Vanessa Riopel (Repentigny, QC) and Jessica Bérubé (Charlesbourg, QC) combined to hold the Ontario offence to just three hits, two of which came from Samantha Magalas (Burlington, ON).

For Québec, this is their first Senior Women’s title and it avenges their loss to Ontario in the 2008 gold medal game.

In the bronze medal game, it was a walk in the park for Alberta who went on to capture their second straight bronze medal with a 14-0 thumping of Nova Scotia.

The Senior Women’s National Championship was also a recruiting tool for Women’s National Team Manager André Lachance. Lachance and his staff have now selected 30 players to participate in an intersquad exhibition series in Granby, Québec to help determine the roster for the 2010 IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup.

WNT - Black Squad
WNT - Red Squad