OTTAWA – Last week, Softball Canada announced the 17 athletes who have been selected to represent Canada at the ISF X Junior Men’s World Championship that will take place July 11-20, 2014 in Whitehorse, Yukon Territories.
And four of the 17 players are from the Stratford area. They are: Tyler Pauli, of Mitchell, Tyler Randerson and Nick Penner, of New Hamburg, and Tyson Zehr, of Tavistock.
They are among six Ontario residents on the team. The others from Ontario are Johnathan Baker, of Kitchener, and Matt Wardop, of Owen Sound.
The final roster was selected by the Junior Men’s National team coaching staff, following a selection camp held recently in Brampton.
Team Canada will feature one returning player (Taylor Schubada of Irma, AB) from the 2012 Junior Men’s National team, which finished fourth at the previous ISF Junior Men’s World Championship held in Parana, Argentina in November, 2012.
The host team from Argentina won gold in 2012 – becoming the very first South American country to win the World title in any category, while Japan earned silver and Australia took bronze.
Head coach of this year’s Canadian team is Jim Jones, of Leduc, Alberta. An assistant coach is George Ryder, of Port Dover.
A total of 10 teams will participate in Whitehorse, with a single round-robin format in the preliminary round. The top four teams will advance to the playoff round, while the bottom six team will compete in a consolation playoff round.
Team Canada opens against the Czech Republic on July 11. Canada will also play Argentina, the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Denmark, Japan and Singapore in round-robin action.