Softball Canada announced that Sierra Bertrand, Niagara senior pitcher, has been selected to join other 34 athletes participating in the 2019 Women’s National Team Athlete Pool. She is among the 30 athletes invited to attend a selection camp taking place in Fort Myers, Fla in January 2019. This becomes her third invite to the Canada Softball camp.
According to Bertrand, she joined them in 2017 and placed her in the Team Canada Elite, which is primarily Senior National Team farm team. She has since joined Team Canada in Japan for two weeks where they played against the world’s top three teams. Bertrand is happy about the camp, as she will unite with all her friends that they have grown close over the years. She looks forward to catching up with and competing against them as well as other of Canada’s best players.
Bertrand also looks forward to learning in these camps. They comprise of the best players and coaches internationally with a lot of knowledge to share regarding softball. A week spent with them makes her a smarter and better player just like Monica Abbott and the rest of the top women in the sport.
During her first appearance in 2017 at the Japan Cup for the Senior National Team held, she played against Ont, the United States, and the Stirling. The native softball team entered in the fifth inning and cleared with two scoreless frames in a 6-4 loss. Bertrand kept the opponent off the board once again by throwing 2.1 innings in a 5-0 defeat. Her total line showed no hits allowed, no runs allowed, two strikeouts, and two walks in 4.1 innings against 18 total batters.
Softball Canada will use the selection camp to establish the lineup for the Pan American Games to be held in Lima, Peru, and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Americas Olympic Qualifier.