Soroka draws crowd for perfect 3 IPs

RHP Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) drew a crowd of roughly 75 pro scouts to the Bobby Mattick facility Wednesday. He turned in three perfect innings of relief facing the Toronto Blue Jays extended spring roster. The best high school arm in Canada struck out five. Photos: Eddie Michels.

RHP Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) drew a crowd of roughly 75 pro scouts to the Bobby Mattick facility Wednesday. He turned in three perfect innings of relief facing the Toronto Blue Jays extended spring roster. The best high school arm in Canada struck out five. Photos: Eddie Michels.

Score: Toronto Blue Jays Extended 5 Canada (18U) 2
Location: Bobby Mattick Complex – Dunedin, Fla.

 

Canada 18U Starting Lineup:
1. Royce Ando – 2B
2. Kobe Hyland – SS
3. Tristan Pompey – LF
4. Josh Naylor – 1B
5. Miles Gordon – CF
6. Demi Orimoloye – RF
7. Andrew Yerzy – DH
8. Brad Aldred – DH
9. Darren Shred – C
10. Peter Hutzal – 3B

Starting Pitcher: LHP Isaac Anesty

HOW IT HAPPENED
– The juniors opened the scoring in the top of the first as Royce Ando (Mississauga, Ont.) and Kobe Hyland (Spruce Grove, Alta.) led off the inning with back-to-back singles before clean-up hitter Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) drove them both in on a single.

– The Jays got one of the runs back in the home half of the inning on a leadoff home run hit off JNT starter Isaac Anesty (Guelph, Ont.).

– The Jays took the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth as a walk and single given up by reliever Josh Burgmann (Nanaimo, BC) came into score on a two-out double.

– In the sixth, a single followed by a run scoring double and an RBI single gave the Jays a pair of runs that increased their lead by three.

 

JNT HIGHLIGHTS
– RHP Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) continues to dominate professional hitters as he turned in three perfect innings of relief that included five strikeouts

– After yielding a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first, starter Anesty was able to regroup for a solid performance on the mound. His three innings saw him allow three hits and walk, while he managed two strikeouts.

– Miles Gordon (Oakville, Ont.) kept his strong week at the plate going as he collected two hits in his three trips to the plate. Darren Shred (Brampton, Ont.) and Peter Hutzal (Calgary, Alta.) also had singles as part of the teams seven hit attack.

 

BY THE NUMBERS
Hits: Gordon (2/3), Ando (1/4), Hyland (1/4), Naylor (1/3), Shred (1/1), Hutzal (1/3)
Runs: 1, Ando, Hyland
RBIs: 2, Naylor
Strikeouts: 5, Soroka; 2, Anesty.

 

UP NEXT
The juniors will return to ESPN Wide World of Sports tomorrow for a 1pm ET contest against pro prospects from the Houston Astros organization … LHPMatt Jones (Whitby, Ont.) is scheduled 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.