BC edges Quebec for bronze at Women Invitational

Team BC1 baserunner Clair Eccles of Surrey beats Ontario
Team BC1 baserunner Clair Eccles of Surrey beats Ontario's Ashley Stephenson to second base during a game at the 2014 Senior Women Invitational Championships at Whalley Stadium on Aug. 16. BC1 won the bronze medal.
— image credit: BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER

Seven local baseball players won a bronze medal playing for British Columbia at the 2014 Senior Women Invitational Championships Aug. 14-18 at Whalley Stadium.

B.C. defeated Quebec 1-0 in the bronze medal game Sunday evening, hours after falling 4-3 to Alberta in a semifinal contest.

Local members of the British Columbia team included third base Paige McDonnell, outfielders Nikki Boyd, Claire Eccles and Sydney Brown, third base Maryse Garcia and second base Katelyn Bedwell of Surrey, and outfielder Marina DeAngelis of North Delta.

DeAngelis scored the only run of the game against Quebec. Eccles was the winning pitcher, allowing just two hits and a walk in five innings pitched, striking out six batters.

Following the tournament, Baseball Canada announced the 20-player national team which will compete at the Women's Baseball World Cup in Miyazaki, Japan Sept. 1-7. Boyd and Eccles were selected to the team.

Boyd, 21, was a mameber of the Canadian team which won a bronze medal at the 2012 World Cup in Edmonton, while Eccles, 16, will be playing in her first international tournament.

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