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Heather Healey makes pitch for another World Cup berth

It would appear Heather Healey bolstered her chances at playing for Canada at the 2016 Women's Baseball World with a strong performance at the first-ever Under-20 Women’s International Cup, which wound up over the weekend in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Heather Healey got the start for Canada in a gold-medal win over the host Dominican Republic at the inaugural Under-20 Women’s International Cup.

The 19-year-old from paradise was the starting pitcher for Canada in its 13-3 win over the host Dominicans in the gold-medal game, striking out five and allowing two runs on just two hits. Healey also got the start in Canada’s first game of the tourney, taking the decision in a 12-2 win over Cuba.

Canada went 5-0 in the tourney, which also featured an entry from Puerto Rico.

When she wasn’t pitching, Healey provided solid defence at first base and was slotted in the middle of the batting order — at cleanup or fifth — including one game as the designated hitter.

Healey played for Canada as a 17-year-old at the 2014 World Cup in Japan and will be looking to make another trip to the Far East as the seventh WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup is being held Sept. 3-11 in Gijang City, South Korea Sept. Player selection will take place at the Senior Women Invitational in Red Deer, Alta., in late August.

Last year, Healey played for Feildians in the St. John’s Molson intermediate baseball league and made history by becoming the first female to appear in a St. John’s senior game when she did so with the Double Blues.

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