IX Men's Pan American Championship

October 06, 2014

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The IX Men's Pan American Softball Championship will take place from October 24 to November 1, 2014 in Parana, Argentina. The final Team Canada roster was determined based on performance at a Men’s National Team training camp held in Ontario in May, the recently completed Senior Men’s Canadian Championship in Charlottetown and other major competitions.
 
“We are extremely excited to be defending our Pan American Championship title with this group of seventeen players” stated Mike Branchaud, Softball Canada Manager of National Teams and Canadian Championships. “We have great pitching and hitting and tremendous depth. We look forward to competing in Parana, as well as the International Softball Federation Men’s World Championship and the Pan American Games in 2015.”
 
The Pan American Softball Championship will serve as a qualifier for both the 2015 ISF Men’s World Championship scheduled for June 26 to July 5, 2015 in Saskatoon, SK and the 2015 Pan American Games that will take place July 11-18, 2015 in Ajax, ON. As the host country, Canada has already secured a spot at both events, with five other teams competing for berths for both those events at the Pan American Championship.
 
The Canadian Men’s National Team last competed at the 2013 ISF Men’s World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand, where they finished fifth. At the previous Men’s Pan American Softball Championship held in Medellin, Colombia in 2012, Team Canada finished second in the round robin behind Venezuela, and lost their first playoff game to Venezuela before blanking Argentina to earn yet another shot at the Venezuelans. In the Gold medal game, Venezuela took a 1-0 lead into the sixth before Canada put up four runs in the bottom of the sixth highlighted by a three-run homerun by Andy Skelton (Scarborough, ON), earning Canada its first Gold medal at the event since 1993.
 

Team Canada Schedule

Date Game Time Media
October 24 Canada vs. Dominican Republic 3:30pm EDT TBD
October 25 Canada vs. Cuba 3:00pm EDT TBD
October 26 Canada vs. Mexico 3:00pm EDT TBD
October 27 Canada vs. United States 5:30pm EDT TBD
October 28 Canada vs. Venezuela 3:00pm EDT TBD
October 29 Canada vs. Guatemala 12:30pm EDT TBD
  Canada vs. Colombia 3:00pm EDT TBD
October 30 Canada vs. Argentina 8:00pm EDT TBD
October 31 Playoff Round TBD TBD
November 1 Medal Round TBD TBD

Athletes

Name Pos Date of Birth Hometown
Bryan Abrey C/OF April 30, 1987 Richmond, BC
Sean Cleary P November 30, 1984 Harbour Main, NL
Jeff Ellsworth OF November 8, 1977 St. Lawrence, PEI
Blair Ezekiel IF/OF March 7, 1981 Harbour Main, NL
Jason Hill OF/IF/P September 12, 1984 St. John's, NL
Brandon Horn IF March 3, 1983 Waterloo, ON
Mark Johnson OF September 26, 1985 Glencoe, ON
Paul Koert P October 10, 1978 Brooklin, ON
Rowan Lam IF January 25, 1981 Glencoe, ON
Joel Langford IF October 10, 1988 Orleans, ON
Derek Mayson P/IF April 16, 1984 North Vancouver, BC
Devon McCullough P September 28, 1990 Saskatoon, SK
Brennan Pokoyoway IF July 15, 1982 Saskatoon, SK
Mathieu Roy OF December 28, 1988 St. Gervais, QC
Jason Sanford C/OF June 18, 1977 Durham, NS
Andy Skelton P/IF April 23, 1987 Scarborough, ON
Kris Walushka IF December 20, 1983 Victoria, BC

Coaching Staff

Position Name Hometown
Head Coach Don Bates Saskatoon, SK
Assistant Coach Les Howey Conception Bay, NL
Assistant Coach Bryan Sosnowski Leduc, AB
Assistant Coach John Stuart Langley, BC
Athletic Therapist Brandon Thome Cochrane, AB
Team Leader Larry Gould Burtts Corner, NB
Manager - National Teams Mike Branchaud Ottawa, ON

Umpire

Name Province
Gary Skjerven Saskatchewan


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