Langlais helps Canada earn Women's Baseball World Cup berth

Brittney Langlais of Garson, Man. pitches for Canada in a 9-7 win over Puerto Rico at the COPABE Women's World Cup Qualifier in Aguascalientes, Mexico on Aug. 23, 2019. (Photo credit: Twitter/Baseball Canada)

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In her senior women’s international debut, Garson’s Brittney Langlais has helped Canada qualify for next year’s Women’s Baseball World Cup.

Canada scored an 11-1 five-inning rout of Mexico in the bronze medal game at the COPABE Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Aguascalientes, Mexico on Aug. 25. The team, ranked second in the world behind Japan, needed a top four finish to qualify for the 2020 World Cup, whose dates and location are still yet to be named. Langlais, the only Manitoban, was one of eight players on the squad making their first international appearance.

This will be Canada’s ninth straight World Cup appearance, following a bronze medal win in the 2018 event in Viera, Fla.

The Canadians started off the tournament strong, winning 11-1 against the Dominican Republic on Aug. 18 and a 19-2 win over Nicaragua on Aug. 19. Langlais pitched all four innings against the Nicaraguans, allowing one earned run on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Canada scored three runs in the seventh inning to defeat Cuba 7-5 on Aug. 20 to improve its record to 3-0.

Canada’s first loss of the tournament came in a 21-4 defeat to the United States on Aug. 21 and then lost to Venezuela 12-3 on Aug. 22 to put their top-four hopes in jeopardy. However, the red and white bounced back with a 9-7 win over Puerto Rico on Aug. 23. Langlais pitched three innings out of the bullpen, allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

“That’s the theme of this tournament so far for us. To see our pitchers come back, Langlais and (Katie) Hagen, and throw like they can after (starter Sophy) Gagne stepped up early in the game,” Canada manager Aaron Myette said after the game.

For her efforts, Langlais received the team’s fighter of the game award: a toy figurine of Muhammad Ali.

Canada’s final round-robin game against Mexico, slated for Aug. 24, was delayed and eventually cancelled due to heavy rains. The team officially clinched their berth to the bronze medal game after Cuba defeated the Dominican Republic in their final game.

The United States won the gold medal 8-5 over Venezuela, also on Aug. 25.