Canadian officials named to 2018 WBSC Baseball World Cup events

April 26, 2018

OTTAWA- Baseball Canada is pleased to announce the following individuals who have been selected as officials by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) for various Baseball World Cup events in 2018:

  • Mrs. Shari Reiniger (Edmonton, Alberta), Technical Director, Women’s BWC
  • Mr. Jim Baba (Ottawa, Ontario), Technical Commissioner, Women’s BWC
  • Mr. Don Darling (Edmonton, Alberta), Scorer, Women’s BWC
  • Mr. Jason Buitenhuis (Thunder Bay, Ontario), Scorer, Women’s BWC
  • Mr. Stephen Gomes (Windsor, Ontario), Umpire, Women’s BWC
  • Mrs. Lisa Turbitt (Burlington, Ontario), Umpire Director, U-15 BWC

Reiniger, who recently worked the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay as a Technical Commissioner, will be in the Technical Director role at the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup for the first time. 

Baba, Baseball Canada’s Executive Director, has numerous international baseball events on his resume as a Coach, Technical Commissioner and Technical Director. He was Technical Director at the 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay.

Darling will attend the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup as a scorer with international experience including the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto where he was the Scoring Director.

Buitenhuis, a native of Thunder Bay, was a scorer at the 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup that took place in his hometown.

Gomes will be working his first international event at the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup in August. A member of Baseball Canada’s National Umpires program, Gomes had the home plate assignment for the gold medal game at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg.

Turbitt has an impressive umpiring resume including the home plate assignment for the first-ever Women’s Baseball World Cup gold medal game back in 2004. She has worked numerous international events and is a former recipient of the Dick Willis Award for Baseball Canada’s Umpire of the Year.

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