Softball Canada and Home Run Sports to Host 2014 Men’s Slo-Pitch Border Battle in Kitchener
Published by Gilles LeBlanc
Published on January 22, 2014
(Ottawa, ON) Softball Canada and Home Run Sports are pleased to announce that the sixth edition of the Men’s Slo-Pitch Border Battle between Canada and the United States will take place at Peter Hallman Ballyard on July 26, 2014 in Kitchener, ON. The United States hosted the first five editions of the event in Oklahoma City.
“Softball Canada is thrilled to be hosting the sixth edition of the Border Battle on Canadian soil” said Softball Canada President Kevin Quinn. “Kitchener has a long history of hosting successful softball events and I am sure the 2014 Border Battle will be a huge success. We are extremely pleased to be expanding the opportunity for more of our elite Slo-Pitch athletes to be taking part in this event. It is extremely exciting to have the opportunity to showcase a second Canadian team. I want to welcome all the athletes and fans who will be part of the excitement in Kitchener.”
The event will also include a series of exhibition games that will be played from July 24-26, featuring two Canadian teams, Team USA and the USA Futures Slo-Pitch Team. A Canada vs. USA homerun derby will also take place.
Tony Carnelos from Home Run Sports will act as the event’s chairman. Home Run Sports has been a major sponsor of Softball Canada’s Umpire Apparel Program for many years, and has also been heavily involved with the Slo-Pitch Canadian Championships.
“We are extremely proud to bring such a prestigious event to Canada for the first time” stated Tony Carnelos from Home Run Sports. “We are going to do our best to make this the biggest Slo-Pitch softball event this country has ever seen. Our plan is to have exhibition games, a vendor area, home run competitions and hitting clinics throughout the event – everything a fan would want.”
The United States has won the Border Battle four times, with Canada winning once in 2010. At the inaugural Border Battle in 2009, the United States defeated Canada by a score of 30-23. The following year, Canada bounced back with a thrilling 30-29 victory before USA dominated the third game by a score of 25-3 in 2011. In 2012, Canada jumped out to a 18-4 lead, but the Americans responded with a 20 run inning and went on to take the 32-21 victory. At the latest edition held this past summer, Team USA jumped out to an early lead and earned a 25-10 victory.
Softball Canada is also pleased to announce the head coaches for the Canadian teams that will be competing at the event. Grant Garrett (Georgetown, ON) will return as Head Coach of Team Canada for the third time and the second Canadian team will be led by Stephane Chapdelaine (Longueil, QC), who was the assistant coach of the last two Border Battle teams.
Softball Canada will name an athlete pool for the two Canadian teams as well as the assistant coaches in February.
A Twitter account for the event has been created at @borderbattlesp. Potential sponsors and volunteers are encouraged to contact Tony Carnelos directly.
For more information, please contact:
Manager – National Teams and Canadian Championships
(613) 523-3386 ext. 3103
2014 Home Run Sports Men’s Slo-Pitch Border Battle