2020 WBSC U18 Men’s Softball World Cup
Palmerston North, New Zealand – The Canadian Junior Men’s National Softball Team is ready to compete at the 2020 WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup from February 22 to March 1 in Palmerston, New Zealand. Team Canada will open the tournament on Saturday, February 22 taking on South Africa at 1:30pm New Zealand time (7:30pm EST on February 21).
Team Canada arrived in Palmerston North earlier this week and will play in the Manawatu Classic tournament featuring four international teams (Argentina, Australia, Canada and Japan) and four local New Zealand club teams this weekend. Canada is also scheduled to face a local New Zealand Men’s Team, Australia and Japan in exhibition games next week before the start of the World Cup.
There will be twelve teams divided into two groups of six competing at the WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup. Joining No. 4 Canada in Group A are No. 2 Argentina, No. 5 Australia, No. 7 Czech Republic, No. 17 Singapore and No. 10 South Africa, while Group B includes No. 11 Denmark, No. 21 Guatemala, No. 1 Japan, No. 8 Mexico, No. 3 New Zealand and No. 6 United States.
Following the opening round, the top three teams from each group will advance to the Super Round while the three bottom teams from each group will move to the Placement Round. The teams with the two best records at the end of the Super Round will play for Gold, while the two next best records will play for Bronze.
Canada finished fourth at the 2018 WBSC U-19 Men’s Softball World Cup in Prince Albert, with its last medal coming when they won Bronze at the 2016 tournament held in Midland, Michigan.
Live scoring and streaming will be available through the tournament website.
Jack Becker (Drumbo, ON)
Ryan Bicknell (Prince Albert, SK)
Tyler Branchaud (Metcalfe, ON)
Connor Brooks (Napanee, ON)
Xavier Daneau (St-Celestin, QC)
Brock Fencott (Belleville, ON)
Brody Fraser (Upper Nine Mile River, NS)
Max Major (Delisle, SK)
Mason McKay (Tavistock, ON)
Jackson Pegelo (Cargill, ON)
Owen Rahn (Durham, ON)
Joey Rousseau (St-Charles-de-Bellechasse, QC)
Nathan Running (Innerkip, ON)
Andrew Van Boekel (Bright, ON)
Matthew Weller (Hepworth, ON)
Reese Yantzi (Shakespeare, ON)
Coaching Staff (Hometown)
Head Coach Jeff Ellsworth (St. Lawrence, PEI)
Assistant Coach Kalen Kovitch (Prince Albert, SK)
Assistant Coach Mark Quinn (Mermaid, PEI)
Assistant Coach Shaun Winship (Belmont, ON)
Athletic Therapist Mark Kievin (Saint John, NB)
Manager – MNT Mike Branchaud (Ottawa, ON)
Frankie Billingsley (Edmonton, AB)
Genevieve Gaudreau (St-Hubert, QC)
Team Canada Schedule
Dates/Time Converted To Eastern Standard Time In Canada
Friday, February 21 vs. South Africa (7:30pm EST)
Saturday, February 22 vs. Singapore (6:00pm EST)
Sunday, February 23 vs. Czech Republic (8:30pm EST)
Monday, February 24 vs. Australia (11:00pm EST)
Tuesday, February 25 vs. Argentina (11:00pm EST)
Wednesday, February 26 – Super/Placement Round (TBD)
Thursday, February 27 – Super/Placement Round (TBD)
Friday, February 28 – Super/Placement Round (TBD)
Saturday, February 29 – Medal Round (TBD)
Softball NL Would Like To Take This Opportunity To Wish The Entire Canadian Junior Men’s National Softball Team (Athletes & Coaching Staff) Good Luck At The 2020 WBSC U18 Men’s Softball World Cup from February 22 to March 1 in Palmerston, New Zealand.
Softball NL Would Like To Take This Opportunity To Congratulate Frankie Billingsley (Edmonton, AB) And Genevieve Gaudreau (St-Hubert, QC) On Being Selected To Officiate Games At The 2020 WBSC U18 Men’s Softball World Cup from February 22 to March 1 in Palmerston, New Zealand.
Tournament Schedule Is From Saturday, February 22 to Sunday, March 01 In New Zealand Which Is Friday, February 21 to Saturday, February 29 In Canada!
Game Times Are Listed In Eastern Standard Time (EST), For Followers In Newfoundland Labrador Add 1-Hour & 30-Minutes.
GO CANADA GO!