Orr has two hits as Canucks tie Team USA 2-2

SNT: Canada and US tie one on in exhibition opener


By Adam Morissette
PHOENIX, Az. - Canada and the United States played to a 2-2 tie as both squads opened exhibition play ahead of the upcoming WBSC Premier 12 tournament that will take place from Nov. 8-21 at sites in Japan and Taiwan.

Canada opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the second inning before the US got on the scoreboard with a run in the third before drawing even with a run in the seventh.

GAME INFORMATION
Score: USA 2 Canada 2
Location: Maryvale Baseball Complex – Phoenix, Az.
Weather: 27C, clear

Canada Starting Lineup:
1. Gillies CF
2. Orr 3B
3. O’Neill DH
4. Lennerton 1B
5. Kjeldgaard RF
6. Tosoni LF
7. Green DH
8. Jamieson SS
9. Deglan C
10. Stromsmoe 2B
Starting Pitcher: RHP Jared Mortensen

HOW IT HAPPENED
- Canada opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning plating a pair of runs as Kellin Deglan (Langley, BC) walked with the bases loaded before Skyler Stromsmoe’s (Etzikom, Alta.) ground out to first brought home Taylor Green (Comox, BC) from third base.

- An error, stolen base and passed ball put a runner on third base for the US in the top of the third before a base hit to right brought in their first run of the game off Canadian starter Jared Mortensen (Abbotsford, BC).

- The US pulled even in the seventh using a leadoff single and stolen base to get a runner in scoring position that scored on a single off reliever Kyle Lotzkar (Delta, BC).

CANADA HIGHLIGHTS
- Fresh off a strong performance at the Pan American Games in July, longtime National Team player Pete Orr (Newmarket, Ont.) paced Canada’s offence with a two hit day at the plate.

- Canada’s arms looked anything but rusty on the day as the club used five pitchers to limit the US to two runs on eight hits and no walks.

- Reliever Andrew Albers (North Battleford, Sask.) worked his way out of trouble in the fourth after the two batters reached on an error and single as he got a pair of strikeouts in between a caught stealing to get out of the inning with a runner standing on third base.

- Scott Richmond (Vancouver, BC) and Dustin Molleken (Regina, Sask) each worked perfect frames in the fifth and ninth, respectively.

TEAM LEADERS
Hits: 2, Orr (2/4); 1, Gillies (1/2), O’Neill (1/4), Kjeldgaard (1/4)
Runs: 1, Kjeldgaard, Green
RBIs: 1, Deglan, Stromsmoe
Stolen Bases: 1, Gillies, O’Neill
Strikeouts: 3, Mortensen, Albers; 2, Molleken; 1, Richmond

THEY SAID IT
Manager Ernie Whitt on his team’s performance on day one of training camp: “We got out work in today, our pitchers threw well, our hitters got some at bats in and most importantly nobody got hurt. Overall I’m really pleased with today.”

Whitt on the five pitchers that threw today: “Due to the layoff that these guys have had I expected the pitchers to be ahead of the hitters and I think we saw that today on both sides. Our pitchers threw strikes and were able to stay ahead for the most part.”

Whitt on his team with 17 players returning from the gold medal winning Pan Am games team: “I hope that will be a big advantage for us. We know what our task at hand is, we’re going over to win it. The timing of the tournament is difficult because guys need to get themselves back into playing shape after being off for some time. But, with the time we have (here) we’ll be ready once the tournament starts.”

Whitt on returning to coach Team Canada for the 13th time: “I enjoy it. It’s a thrill for and an honour and me. Every time Greg (Hamilton) calls and asks if I’ll manage a tournament team I won’t deny it.”

UP NEXT
Canada will face the United States tomorrow (1pm MT/3pm ET) in game two of the three game exhibition series … RHP Shawn Hill (Georgetown, Ont.) is expected to start on the mound for Canada … Live scoring for the game will be available courtesy USA Baseball at usabaseball.com. 

         123 456 789       R   H     E
Team USA 001 000 100  --   2   8    0
Canada   020 000 000  --   2   5    3

BATTING
AB    R    H    RBI    2B    3B    HR    BB    IBB    SO

J. MAY    CF/DH    5    1    1    1    0    0    0    0    0    1
T. PASTORNICKY    2B    3    0    2    1    0    0    0    0    0    0
B. EIBNER    RF    4    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    2
M. MCBRIDE    DH/LF    4    0    1    0    0    0    0    0    0    0
D. BLACK    3B    3    0    1    0    1    0    0    0    0    1
K. MARTIN    1B    4    0    1    0    0    0    0    0    0    1
P. MORIN    C    2    0    0    0    0    0    0    0 0 0
D. ROHLFING    C    2    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0
J. SCLAFANI    SS    3    0    1    0    0    0    0    0    0    0
B. PHILLIPS    LF/CF    4    1    1    0    0    0    0    0    0    3  

 C. COLEMAN    P    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0
J. BARRETT    P    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0      

 D. EVELAND    P    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    
S. SIMMONS    P    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0
J. DENATO    P    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0        

C. FORSYTHE    P    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0
J. WENDELKEN    P    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0

PITCHING
IP    R    ER    H    BB    SO

C. COLEMAN    P    2.2    2    2    2    3    1
J. BARRETT    P    1.0    0    0    1    0    2    
D. EVELAND    P    1.0    0    0    0    0    1    
S. SIMMONS    P    2.0    0    0    1    2    5
J. DENATO    P    1.0    0    0    0    0    1    
C. FORSYTHE    P    1.0    0    0    0    0    1    
J. WENDELKEN    P    1.0    0    0    1    0    3

Canada
BATTING
AB    R    H    RBI    2B    3B    HR    BB    IBB    SO

T. GILLIES    CF    2    0    1    0    0    0    0    0    0    0
G. MORGAN    CF    1    0    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    0
P. ORR    3B/DH    4    0    2    0    0    0    0    0    0    0
T. O’NEILL    DH    4    0    1    0    0    0    0    0    0    3
J. LENNERTON    1B    2    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    2
J. ATKINSON    1B    2    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    1
B. KJELDGAARD    RF    4    1    1    0    0    0    0    0    0    3
R. TOSONI    LF    3    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0
T. GREEN    DH/3B    2    1    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    0
S. JAMIESON    SS    2    0    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    2
K. DEGLAN    C    1    0    0    1    0    0    0    1    0    1
D. HOULE    C    1    0    0    0    0    0    0    1
S. STROMSMOE    2B    3    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0    1
J. MORTENSEN    P    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0
A. ALBERS    P    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    
S. RICHMOND    P    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    
K. LOTZKAR    P    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    
D. MOLLEKEN    P    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    

E _ JAMIESON, STROMSMOE.

PITCHING
Name IP    R    ER    H    BB    SO    

J. MORTENSEN    P    2.2    1    0    4    0    3     
A. ALBERS    P    1.1    0    0    1    0    3    
S. RICHMOND    P    2.0    0    0    1    
K. LOTZKAR    P    2.0    1    1    2    0    0    
D. MOLLEKEN    P    1.0    0    0    0    0    2 

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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.