Local softball players ready for the world

Midwestern Ontario is well represented on Canada’s Junior Men’s National Softball team team in New Zealand.

The squad will start their run at the 2020 WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup this week in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

There are a total of 12 teams in the tournament separated into two groups. Canada is in Group A along with Argentina and Australia. The Czech Republic, Singapore and South Africa round out the group.

Group B is made up of Japan, New Zealand, the U.S., Mexico, Denmark and Guatelmala.

The tournament format starts with an opening round then 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.

Jackson Pegelo, Cargill, Ont.
Owen Rahn, Durham, Ont.
Matthew, Weiler, Hepworth, Ont.
Reese, Yantzi, Shakespeare, Ont.
Mason McKay, Tavistock, Ont.
Andrew Van Boekel, Bright, Ont.
Jack Becker, Drumbo, Ont.
Ryan Bicknell, Prince Albert, Sask.
Tyler Branchaud, Metcalfe, Ont.
Connor Brooks, Napanee, Ont.
Xavier Daneau, St-Celestin, Que.
Brock Fencott, Belleville, Ont.
Brody, Fraser, Upper Nine Mile River, N.S.
Max Major, Delisle, Sask.
Joey Rousseau, St-Charles-de-Bellechasse, Que.
Nathan Running, Innerkip, Ont.

Schedule (All times Eastern Standard Time)
February 21 – Canada vs. South Africa, 7:30pm
February 22 – Canada vs. Singapore, 6:00pm
February 23 – Canada vs. Czech Republic, 8:30pm
February 24 – Canada vs. Australia, 11:00pm
February 25 – Canada vs. Argentina11:00pm
February 26 – Super/Placement Round
February 27 – Super/Placement Round
February 28 – Super/Placement Round
February 29 – Medal Round