Griffin, Perkins, Loewen impress on mound for Jrs.

LHP Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, NS) who went two scoreless with two strikeouts as the Canucks U18s lost 4-2 to the Atlanta Braves first and second-year pros. Photo: Alexis Brudnicki.

LHP Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, NS) who went two scoreless with two strikeouts as the Canucks U18s lost 4-2 to the Atlanta Braves first and second-year pros. Photo: Alexis Brudnicki.

JNT: Braves double up on juniors


GAME INFORMATION

Event: Fall Instructional League
Score: Atlanta Braves 4 Canada (U18) 2
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

Canada U18 Starting Lineup:
1. Cooper Davis - CF
2. Adam Hall – DH
3. Noah Naylor – 3B
4. Isaac Deveaux – LF
5. Luke Van Rycheghem – C
6. Brad Aldred - DH
7. Michael Stovman – LF
8. Jason Willow - SS
9. Soren Graversen – DH
10. Edouard Julien – 2B

Starting Pitcher: RHP Sam Turcotte

HOW IT HAPPENED
- Things didn’t start off well for JNT starter Sam Turcotte (Toronto, Ont.) who allowed a walk and a double before a three run homer made it 3-0 for the Braves in the top of the first.
- The juniors got on the board in the sixth when Cooper Davis (Mississauga, Ont.) grounded out to cash in a run from third after the Braves had walked the bases loaded. Adam Hall (London, Ont.) then cashed in Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, Ont.) from third when he grounded out to first and Canada trailed by a run.
- In the eighth, a single and throwing error put a Braves runner on third who scored a sac-fly, making the score 4-2.

JNT HIGHLIGHTS
- After the home run in the first, Turcotte settled in and tossed two scoreless innings. He ended his outing with four strikeouts.
- The juniors received solid pitching performances from relievers Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, NS) who went two scoreless with two strikeouts, while Carson Perkins (Bienfait, Sask.) also held the Braves off the scoreboard through two innings of work. Carter Loewen (Abbotsford, BC) also went two innings with an unearned run coming scoring in the eighth.
- The juniors’ three hits came off the bats of Luke Van Rycheghem (Kent Bridge, Ont.), Brad Aldred (Whitby, Ont.) and Jason Willow (Victoria, BC).

TEAM LEADERS
Hits: 1, Van Rycheghem (1/3), Aldred (1/3), Willow (1/3)
Runs: 1, Julien, Yerzy
RBI: 1, Davis
Strikeouts: 4, Turcotte; 2, Griffin; 1, Loewen

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

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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.