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Women’s Nationals Concludes with Superb Pitching Performances

Sydney, Cape-Breton – The 2008 Senior Women National Championship will be remembered as a classic as Québec faced Ontario in the gold medal game. The two teams set the record for the longest game in the history of this championship by playing a 12-inning ball game that saw Ontario winning the gold medal with a 3-2 win over Québec.

The two starting pitcher, Marie-Josée Tremblay (St-Honoré, Québec) and Kate Psota (Burlington, Ontario, were the outstanding in this game as the Québec pitcher threw 11.6 innings while Psota threw 10 solid innings allowing her to receive the top pitcher award. Ashley Stephenson picked up the win for Team Ontario.

After 10 scoreless innings, Québec took the lead in the top of the 11th inning when Cynthia Forget and Amélie Julien produced 2 runs giving the Québec team a 2-0 lead. Ontario came back in the bottom of the 11th with consecutive hits from Samantha Magalas and Jennifer Gilroy to tie the game. Ashley Stephenson 12th inning single plated the winning run after 3 hours of great baseball.

In the bronze medal game, Alberta defeated Team Québec 2 by the score of 11-6.

Following the gold medal game, the following awards were presented. Kate Psota (Ontario) wasa named top pitcher, Nicole Luchanski (Alberta) top defensive player, Ashley Stephenson (Ontario) top hitter and Jessica Bérubé (Québec 2) was named the most promising player.

As Baseball Canada was also using the event to select its national team for the III World Cup in Japan, the following players have been selected and will regroup on August 16th in Los Angeles before going to Japan.

Karine Gagné (Granby, Québec)

Melanie Harwood (Thornhill, Ontario)

Autumn Mills (London, Ontario)

Nicole Luchanski (Edmonton, Alberta)

Stéphanie Savoie (La Pocatière, Québec)

Louise Harris (Toronto, Ontario)

Melissa Armstrong (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

Meagan Cornellsen (Grande-Prairie, Alberta)

Geneviève Beauchamp (Sherbrooke, Québec)

Ashley Stephenson (Mississauga, Ontario)

Samantha Magalas (Burlington, Ontario)

Martine Nadeau (Québec City, Québec)

Kate Psota (Burlington, Ontario)

Marie-Josée Tremblay (St-Honoré, Québec)

Shelby Gordon (Calgary, Alberta)

Amanda Asay (Prince George, British Columbia)

Meagan Bremner (St.Peters, Nova Scotia)

Mélanie Anctil (St-Hubert, Québec)

André Lachance Ottawa (ON) Head Coach

Jean-François Lacroix Montréal (QC) Pitching Coach

Wayne Parro Brooklin (ON) Coach

Eric Laforest Terrebonne (QC) Coach

Isabelle Higgins Montréal (QC) Coach

Penny Fitzsimmons Saskatoon (SK) Business Manager

Raymonde Fortin Montréal (QC) Athletic Trainer

Mathieu Rochon-Fleury Ottawa (ON) Equipment Manager