Women’s Pan AM baseball and field hockey teams playing for medals today

Women's baseball win assures Fruitvale's Ella Matteucci a medal; Rossland's Thea Cully play for bronze in field hockey today.

Although Fruitvale’s Ella Matteucci has yet to see action with the Canadian women’s baseball team at the Pan Am Games, she is assured to be bringing home a medal.

The women’s team defeated Puerto Rico 3-2 Wednesday for its third straight win and guarantee them at least a bronze medal in the tournament.

The team trailed for most of the game until Edmonton’s Nicole Luchanski led the comeback with two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning. Canadian catcher Stephanie Savoie was helped off the field after colliding with a Puerto Rican player to record the final out of the game.

Meanwhile, Rossland’s Thea Culley and the Canadian women’s field hockey team will be playing for a bronze medal today when they take on Chile.

Canada dropped a 3-0 decision to the United States on Wednesday in the semifinal game.

In other Pan Am Games news from Wednesday, vaunted Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse claimed the gold medal in the 100m in a time of 10.05 seconds.

The 20-year-old from Markham, Ont., narrowly beat Ramon Gittens Barbados, who finished in 10.07.

“Somehow, I just managed to pull off the win,” De Grasse said. “I had no pressure, my family and friends told me that no matter what happens, they are still proud of me. It has been a long season, and to do this, it is a wonderful feeling right now.”

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