It was a great learning experience for Team Manitoba at Baseball Canada's Women's Invitational Championship in Stonewall.
National Championships have returned in 2022 after being shutdown for two years due to COVID-19.
Team Manitoba made it close thanks to a late rally but came up short in a 12-10 loss to Ontario (2) in their final game Sunday morning at Quarry Park.
Trailing 12-6 Manitoba pushed two runs across the plate in the top of the sixth inning and two more in the seventh before the comeback came to an end.
Team Manitoba had a 1-3 round robin record and one bad inning in each game was the downfall.
The host province lost 28-10 to Ontario (1); 10-1 to the Quebec Select Team and 8-4 to BC before winning its round robin finale in dramatic fashion on Friday night.
Team Manitoba rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and won its round robin finale 8-7 over Saskatchewan.
Ontario (1) defeated the Quebec Elite Team 9-8 in the gold medal game.
Team Manitoba's roster included Mercedees Gorham of Steinbach, Kennedy Toews of Blumenort, Raven Carriére of La Broquerie, Caitlin Culleton of Vassar, Brittany Langlais of Garson and Avery Pickering of St. Adolphe.
Clayton Dreger asked Mercedees Gorham, who had five singles and a double in 19 plate appearances and also pitched four-and-a-third innings, to talk about their seventh inning rally Sunday against Ontario (2)