Softball Canada to take on Netherlands in tour, opening series of celebration of Tokyo 2020

Softball Canada to take on Netherlands in tour, opening series of celebration of Tokyo 2020
15/06/2022
Game 1 of the series will be played on Thursday 16 June at Exhibition Park A1 in Guelph, Ontario. Game 2 is scheduled on Friday at Durham Field in Oshawa. Saturday’s doubleheader will be staged at the Fairgrounds in Brampton.

The Canadian Women’s National Softball Team will take on No. 10 Netherlands in the opening series of the Canada Celebration Tour, aiming to celebrate Canada’s historic Olympic bronze medal win at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The WBSC-sanctioned series against the Netherlands will open tomorrow 16 June in Ontario.

Game 1 of the series will be played on Thursday, 16 June, at Exhibition Park A1 in Guelph. Game 2 is scheduled on Friday at Durham Field in Oshawa. Saturday’s  doubleheader will be staged at the Fairgrounds in Brampton.

The Celebration Tour will continue from 29 June to 1 July, with a five-game series against the Czech Republic in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan tour stops include a doubleheader at Spruce Haven Ball Park in Melfort one game at Prime Ministers Park in Prince Albert and a Canada Day doubleheader at Bob Van Impe Stadium in Saskatoon.

World No. 3 Canada unveiled its roster for the Celebration Tour and the Canada Cup. The 2022 roster, which includes six Olympians in Tokyo 2020, can be seen here. The athletes were selected by the Women’s National Team coaching staff following a Selection Camp held in Brampton this past weekend. 

The roster of fifteen (15) athletes for The World Games 2022 in Birmingham, Ala. will be announced by 20 June, after the series against the Netherlands. Canada will open The World Games in Group A, along with No. 1 USA, No. 6 Chinese Taipei and No. 7 Italy.

The Netherlands also announced its roster for the Canadian tour. You can find the list of players here (in Dutch). “[The Canada Cup] has a twofold purpose for us. With the participation of several top countries, it is the ideal preparation for the upcoming European Championship,” said Netherlands head coach Ferenc Jongejan. “At the same time, we have the ambition to compete with the top, to perform well at an internationally recognized tournament.”