Cornwall Baseball Star Shines Bright at World Cup
Previously one could only assume that Cornwall's Jenna Flannigan was among the world’s best female baseball players.
Now, let there be no doubt.
Flannigan was not only a key member of Team Canada that captured the bronze medal with a 17-13 victory over Australia Sunday at the Women’s Baseball World Cup, but she was also named to the tournament’s all-star squad.
Flannigan was among the elite after she was chosen as one of three outfielders for the World Cup’s all-star team, joining three other Canadians: Catcher Stephanie Savoie, first base Kate Psota and second base Nicole Luchansky.
Flannigan was perfect at the plate Sunday, collecting a game-high four hits, including one triple — a performance that earned her the runner-up in the tournament's batting average stats, as she hit at a torrid .586 pace at the plate.
She collected 17 hits in 29 at-bats, producing 14 runs scored, 11 RBIs, five doubles, a triple and three stolen bases.
After Canada led all the way during the bronze medal game, Flannigan was thankful her team managed to hang on despite giving up five runs in the seventh inning.
“It got a little tense there at the end,” said Flannigan, who had a game-high four runs and one RBI.
“You never know what's going to happen, so you just have to go one out at a time.
“It was good that we were able to hold on and get the win. This being my first World Cup, it was nice to get a medal.”
The La Citadelle grad was also part of the game's highlight — back-to-back triples and an inside the park homerun which sparked a five-run second inning for Team Canada.
Hartley started the affair with a triple, that brought home Canada's second run. Rightfielder Flannigan followed with her own three-bagger and RBI.
She in turn scored on speedster Luchansky’s inside the park homer, making it 5-0.
Australia got a run back in the top of the third only to watch Canada score another three runs at their at-bat.
This time, Flannigan singled and then scored on a double after advancing to second on a wild pitch.
The Aussies made it 8-4 with three runs in the top of the fourth and pulled within one with another trio in the fifth.
In her team’s turn, Flannigan connected for another single. She was on second when a triple brought her home with two teammates. Canada scored four times for a 12-7 lead.
Australia kept plugging, getting one run in the sixth, but Canada buried their foes with five runs in bottom half. Flannigan singled to load the bases and then scored on a groundout.
The above article was written by Greg Peerenboom. You can read more articles written by Greg on the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder website at www.standard-freeholder.com