Leroux pitches Canada to first, face Mexico in quarters

Nov. 15, 2015

Premier 12: Canada clinches first, will face Mexico in quarters
 

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

TAICHUNG, Taiwan- Chris Leroux (Mississauga, Ont.) tossed seven strong innings on the mound, Jordan Lennerton (Langley, BC) drove in a pair of runs and Sean Jamieson (Kitchener, Ont.) belted a late homer for good measure as Canada defeated the Netherlands, 3-1 to stay unbeaten at the WBSC Premier 12.

The win gives Canada a perfect 5-0 record and the first seed in Group A and sets up a quarterfinal match-up against Mexico tomorrow (12:35pm CST/11:35pm EST on November 15) at Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung. Mexico will travel from Taipei as the fourth seed in Group B.

“We finished first in our pool, which is what we wanted to accomplish, but now all games are must win so we’ll have to get our minds into that mode quickly,” said Canada manager Ernie Whitt. “Our pitching and defense was there tonight and we found ways to score runs.”

Canada received a stellar effort on the mound from Leroux who fanned eight batters over seven innings of work, while allowing just one run on five hits.

Leroux’s effort combined Canada’s strong defensively play and timely hitting is beginning to become a trademark that this Canadian team is known for.

“Chris was outstanding. He gave us exactly what we wanted out of him,” explained Whitt. “As we go forward, I always say we’re going to win this thing with pitching and defense. We scratch out a couple runs, then our pitching takes over and we hold them in check.

“You look at the Netherlands and they’re probably the best offensive team we’ve seen, top to bottom, and we were able to shut them down.”

Leroux and Diegomar Markwell, the former Blue Jays farm hand, from the Netherlands went to toe-to-toe over the first five innings until the sixth when Lennerton’s two run double scored Skyler Stromsmoe (Etzikom, Alta.) and Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, BC). On a 1-1 count, Lennerton ripped a double down the right field line that easily scored both runners.

The Netherlands were quick to respond as they strung together a pair of hits in the bottom of the inning, including an RBI double, to cut Canada’s lead in half.

Phillippe Aumont (Gatineau, Que.) came into the game in the eighth and got into trouble after giving up a lead off single and hitting a batter with one out, but managed to escape unscathed after getting a double play ball to short to end the frame.

Jamieson added a solo homer when he led off the eighth with a blast that cleared the wall in left-centre and Dustin Molleken (Regina, Sask.) came on for the ninth and earned the save.

“This was a typical game for us,” added Whitt. “Naturally we’d like to see a bit more offence, but as long as our pitching and defense are there, we’ll find ways to score runs.”

UP NEXT
Canada will face Mexico tomorrow in the quarterfinals at 12:35pm CST/ 11:35pm EST on Nov. 15th … LHP Scott Diamond (Guelph, ON) will start on the mound for Canada.

 

CANADA 3 (5-0), NETHERLANDS 1 (3-2)
Nov 15, 2015 at Taichung (Intercontinental)
CANADA
 ab       r       h     rbi      bb      so      po       a     lob

JAMIESON Sean ss     3     1     1     1     0     1     1     2     1
ORR Pete 3b     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     3     0
O’NEILL Tyler lf     3     1     0     0     1     1     1     0     0
LENNERTON Jordan 1b     4     0     1     2     0     1     7     1     0
TOSONI Rene rf     3     0     1     0     1     1     0     0     0
KJELDGAARD Brock dh     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
   GREEN Taylor ph/dh     2     0     0     0     0     2     0     0     2
DEGLAN Kellin c     3     0     1     0     0     0     12     0     0
GILLIES Tyson cf     4     0     0     0     0     1     2     0     2
STROMSMOE Skyler 2b     2     1     0     0     0     0     3     3     0
LEROUX Chris p     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0
   AUMONT Phillippe p     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
   MOLLEKEN Dustin p     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Totals     30     3     4     3     2     7     27     9     5
  
NETHERLANDS
 ab       r       h     rbi      bb      so      po       a     lob

ODUBER Randolph F.J. cf     2     0     1     0     0     0     1     0     1
GARIA Christopher G. lf     4     1     1     0     0     2     3     0     2
DE CASTER Yurendell 3b     3     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0
BALENTIEN Wladimir R dh     4     0     1     1     0     1     0     0     1
SMITH Curt S. 1b     4     0     1     0     0     1     10     1     0
SAMS Kalian R. rf     4     0     0     0     0     4     3     0     2
ZARRAGA Shawn J. c     4     0     0     0     0     3     7     0     0
STATIA Hainley C. 2b     2     0     0     0     0     0     1     5     0
   JONES Andruw R. B. ph     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
   SCHOOP Sharlon R.E. 2b     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
DAAL Carlton A. ss     3     0     2     0     0     1     1     2     0
MARKWELL Diegomar R. p     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     2     0
   SULBAR N Juancarlos p     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
   BOLSENBROEK Mike p     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Totals     31     1     6     1     0     12     27     10     6 

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
-------------------------------------------
CANADA.............. 000 002 010 -  3  4  0
NETHERLANDS......... 000 001 000 -  1  6  1
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E - DE CASTER. DP - CAN 2. LOB - CAN 5; NED 6. 2B - LENNERTON; BALENTIEN; SMITH. HR - JAMIESON. HBP - DEGLAN; STROMSMOE; ODUBER 2; DE CASTER. SH - JAMIESON. SB - ODUBER. CS - TOSONI.

CANADA
ip     h     r     er     bb     so     wp     bk     hbp     ibb     ab     bf     fo     go     np
 
LEROUX Chris W,2-0     7.0     5     1     1     0     8     0     0     2     0     25     27     4     10     92
AUMONT Phillippe      1.0     1     0     0     0     1     0     0     1     0     3     4     0     1     10
MOLLEKEN Dustin S,3     1.0     0     0     0     0     3     0     0     0     0     3     3     0     0     14
  
NETHERLANDS
ip     h     r     er     bb     so     wp     bk     hbp     ibb     ab     bf     fo     go     np

MARKWELL Diegomar R. L,0-1     5.2     3     2     2     2     3     0     0     1     1     19     23     6     7     76
SULBAR N Juancarlos      2.1     1     1     1     0     2     0     0     0     0     8     8     2     3     21
BOLSENBROEK Mike      1.0     0     0     0     0     2     0     0     1     0     3     4     1     0     15
Win - LEROUX (2-0). Loss - MARKWELL (0-1). Save - MOLLEKEN (3). 

HBP - by LEROUX (ODUBER); by LEROUX (ODUBER); by MARKWELL (STROMSMOE); by AUMONT (DE CASTER); by BOLSENBROEK (DEGLAN). Inherited runners/scored: SULBARN 2/0. Pitches/strikes: LEROUX 92/62; AUMONT 10/6; MOLLEKEN 14/11; MARKWELL 76/45; SULBARN 21/19; BOLSENBROEK 15/8.
Umpires - HP: PATILLO M (USA) 1B: MENDOZA J (NCA) 2B: YANADA M (JPN) 3B:
Start: 18:35 Time: 2:31 Attendance: 218 

Weather: clear and warm Game notes: Scorers - WINKLER Stephanie (GER), DE LEON Andres (PAN), STEIJGER Linda (NED) TC - NAGY David (AUS), MEDINA Pedro (CUB)

POS TEAM GP W-L AVG GB
Group A

1. CANADA 5 5-0 1.000 _
2. CUBA 5 3-2 .600 2.0
3. NETHERLANDS 5 3-2 .600 2.0
4. PUERTO RICO 5 2-3 .400 3.0
5. CHINESE TAIPEI 5 2-3 .400 3.0
6. ITALY 5 0-5 .000 5.0

POS TEAM GP W-L AVG GB
Group B

1. JAPAN 5 5-0 1.000 _
2. UNITED STATES 5 3-2 .600 2.0
3. SOUTH KOREA 5 3-2 .600 2.0
4. MEXICO 5 2-3 .400 3.0
5. VENEZUELA 5 2-3 .400 3.0
6. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 5 0-5 .000 5-0

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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.