Team Canada has won their opening game of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation Women’s Softball Olympic Americas Qualification Tournament from Surrey, British Columbia on Sunday. Team Canada did not just come away with a victory, it was a dominating win as they clobbered Cuba by a score of 17-0.
In a game that only lasted two and a half innings, Canada scored two runs in the first inning and 15 runs in the second inning. It was the most dominant victory in the tournament on Sunday. In other action, Guatemala beat the Bahamas 9-4, Mexico beat Peru 8-0 and Venezuela beat the Dominican Republic 7-3.
Catcher Kaleigh Rafter of Guelph, Ontario led Team Canada with five runs batted in. Three of those runs batted in came off a home run in the second inning. Right fielder Jennifer Gilbert of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan led Canada with three runs scored and had four runs batted in. Rafter, Holly Speers of Surrey, British Columbia and Emma Entzminger of Victoria, British Columbia each had two hits for Canada.
Canada is in a pool with Puerto Rico, Cuba, Guatemala and the Bahamas. The other pool has Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. The top two teams from the tournament will participate at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.