Duncan has only hit for Canuck Jrs.

Tyler Duncan, 17, who earned two Premier Baseball League awards -- top offensive player and MVP honours -- of the Victoria Eagles had the only hit for the Junior National Team. Photo: Christian J. Stewart

Tyler Duncan, 17, who earned two Premier Baseball League awards -- top offensive player and MVP honours -- of the Victoria Eagles had the only hit for the Junior National Team. Photo: Christian J. Stewart

JNT: Nats roll past juniors

 

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

Event: Fall Instructional League
Score: Washington Nationals 13 Canada (U18) 1
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports – Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Canada U18 Starting Lineup:
1. Cooper Davis - CF
2. Adam Hall – SS
3. Clayton Keyes - DH
4. Andrew Yerzy - C
5. Isaac Deveaux – LF
6. Michael Stovman – DH
7. Tyler Duncan – RF
8. Steven Moretto – DH
9. Soren Graversen – 1B
10. Dondrae Bremner – 2B
11. Rhys Cratty – 3B

Starting Pitcher: RHP Jordan Balazovic

HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Nationals loaded the bases with one out in the second on a walk, double and hit batter before a sac-fly to right made it 1-0. A wild pitch brought in a run to make it 2-0.

- The juniors got one of the runs back in the third when Tyler Duncan (Sooke, BC) singled and moved to third on an error before scoring on a ground out off the bat of Dondrae Bremner (Toronto, Ont.).

- The Nats took advantage of a single and an error in the fourth to put runners on the corners before a sac-fly and wild pitch plated two more runs.

- In the fifth, a leadoff walked followed by a throwing error put a runner on third for the Nats who later scored on a groundout.

-The Nats would go on to add a run in the sixth and three in both of the seventh and eighth innings.

JNT HIGHLIGHTS
- Duncan accounted for the only Junior National Team hit of the ballgame when he singled and scored in the third.

- Junior National Team starting pitcher Jordan Balazovic (Mississauga, Ont.) was tagged for just one earned run over three innings of work. He struck out two batters.

TEAM LEADERS
Hits: 1, Duncan (1/1)
Runs: 1, Duncan
RBI: 1, Bremner
Strikeouts: 2, Balazovic; 1, Jones

UP NEXT
The juniors will be back at ESPN Wide World of Sports Wednesday (1pm ET) when they take on prospects from the Atlanta Braves organization … RHP Sam Turcotte (Toronto, Ont.) is expected to start on the mound.

Comment

Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.