Softball Canada names roster for WBSC U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup

Softball Canada names roster for WBSC U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup
18/01/2023
Five of these players are veterans of the U-19 Canadian team that finished fourth in the World Cup 2018 in Prince Albert, Canada; while four represented Canada in the WBSC U-18 Men's Softball World Cup 2020 in New Zealand.

Softball Canada announced the 16 athletes who will represent world No. 2 Canada at the maiden WBSC U-23 WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup, set to take place from 15-23 April in Parana, Argentina. Canada was awarded a wild card spot in December to participate in the tournament.

The players selected by the U23 Canadian Men’s National Team coaching staff are:

  • Thomas Baker
  • Tyler Branchaud
  • Connor Brooks
  • Jordan Hudson
  • Dallas Kipfer
  • Matthew Kutnikoff 
  • Isaac Lefebvre
  • Riley Manion
  • Mason McKay
  • Mitch McKay
  • Jordan Pomeroy
  • James Shirley
  • Mark Stack
  • Owen Torrie
  • Brant Wiebe
  • Reese Yantzi

Some players in the list have previous World Cup experience. Five of these players are veterans of the U-19 Canadian team that finished fourth in the World Cup 2018 in Prince Albert, Canada: Kipfer, Lefebvre, Manion, Pomeroy and Torrie (pictured above). Manion finished the tournament with a 1.65 ERA, the third best in the tournament.

In addition, left-handed pitcher Yantzi led the staff during the WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup 2020 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Branchaud, Brooks and Mason McKay were also part of the Canadian team.