Canadian Men’s Softball Team to Compete in Kelowna May Days Fastpitch Tournament

May 16, 2019

Softball Canada - Kelowna, B.C. – The Canadian Men’s National Softball Team will kick-off its 2019 season by competing in the Kelowna May Days Fastpitch Tournament at Kings Stadium in Kelowna, B.C. from May 17-20. The tournament will serve as a tune-up before the team heads to the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship that will take place June 13-23 in Prague and Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic.
 
The tournament will feature a total of eight teams including the Kelowna Andre’s, Sooke Loggers, PG Big Guy Lake Kings, Vernon Installers, Saskatoon WD Plastics Jr. Diamondbacks, Lumberjack Giants, and Grand Prairie Pirates alongside Team Canada.
 
Team Canada is coming off a bronze medal performance at the previous WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship held in Whitehorse, Y.T. in 2017. Canada is currently ranked second in the WBSC Men’s Softball World Rankings and will be looking to reclaim the Gold medal they earned at the 2015 Worlds held in Saskatoon, Sask.
 
The seventeen (17) athletes who will represent Canada at the Kelowna May Days Fastpitch Tournament and the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship are:

 

ATHLETES

 

FIRST NAME LAST NAME HOMETOWN
Bryan Abrey Richmond, B.C.
Ryan Boland St. John's, N.L.
Shane Boland St. John's, N.L.
Patrick Burns Saskatoon, Sask.
Sean Cleary Harbour Main, N.L.
Jeff Ellsworth St. Lawrence, P.E.I.
Bradley Ezekiel Harbour Main, N.L.
Kyle Ezekiel Holyrood, N.L.
Jason Hill St. John's, N.L.
Blake Hunter Nanaimo, B.C.
Scott Lieph Sooke, B.C.
Derek Mayson North Vancouver, B.C.
Devon McCullough Saskatoon, Sask.
Steve Mullaley Freshwater, N.L.
Tyler Pauli Mitchell, Ont.
Mathieu Roy St-Gervais, Que.
Kris Walushka Victoria, B.C.

COACHING STAFF

 

POSITION NAME HOMETOWN
Head Coach John Stuart Merritt, B.C.
Assistant Coach Doug Allin Peachtree, B.C.
Assistant Coach John Hill St. John's, N.L.
Assistant Coach Les Howey Conception Bay, N.L.
Video Coach Kalen Kovitch Prince Albert, Sask.
Athletic Therapist Adam Davies Ottawa, Ont.
Manager - MNT Mike Branchaud Ottawa, Ont.

CANADA SCHEDULE - KELOWNA MAY DAYS

 

DATE GAME TIME
May 17 Canada vs. Kelowna Andre's 7:00pm PDT
May 18 Canada vs. PG Big Guy Lake Kings 3:30pm PDT
  Canada vs. Sooke Loggers 7:00pm PDT
May 19 Playoff Round TBD
May 20 Medal Round TBD

For more information on the event, follow the Kelowna May Days Fastpitch Tournament Facebook group. Team Canada results and game recaps will also be posted on the Men’s National Team Events page.

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For more information, please contact:

Gilles LeBlanc
Manager - Marketing & Communications
Softball Canada
p: (613) 523-3386 ext. 3105 | m: (613) 795-1996
w: www.softball.ca | e: gleblanc@softball.ca