Naylor goes deep again as Mets edge Jrs

* Slugger Josh Naylor continued his slugging hitting his fourth homer in eight games in the Dominican Summer League teams. ....

* Slugger Josh Naylor continued his slugging hitting his fourth homer in eight games in the Dominican Summer League teams. ....

Earlier: Naylor goes deep, Soroka strong ... Red Sox edge Jrs. ....  Naylor, Orimoloye go deep to beat Cubs .... Win over Brewers, loss to Blue Jays .... Soroka, Naylor pace win.


Mets edge juniors in rain-shortened game

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

Score: DSL Mets 6 Canada (18U) 5 (8 innings)
Location: New York Mets Dominican Complex – Boca Chica, DR
Weather: 30 degrees Celsius, A few clouds

Canada 18U Starting Lineup:
1. Miles Gordon - CF

2. Kobe Hyland - SS

3. JD Williams – 2B

4. Josh Naylor – 1B

5. Demi Orimoloye DH

6. Andrew Yerzy – DH

7. Tristan Pompey - DH

8. Luke Van Rycheghem - C

9. Brad Aldred – 3B

10. Isaac Deveaux – LF

11. JF Garon - RF

Starting Pitcher: LHP Isaac Anesty

HOW IT HAPPENED
- Josh Naylor
(Mississauga, Ont.) is a man on a mission and drilled his fourth home run of the week in the top of the first putting the juniors up 2-0 in the top of the first. Kobe Hyland (Spruce Grove, Alta.) had reached second base with one out on an error but was throw out at home plate trying to score on a JD Williams (Brampton, Ont.) single to centre.

- The Mets stormed back in the bottom of the first using a walk and four hits including a bases clearing double to score for runs to go up by two after one inning. After JNT starter Isaac Anesty (Guelph, Ont.) loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, the Mets’ cleanup hitter doubled to the gap in left where the ball rolled all the way to the fence.

- Anesty looked to have the makings of a solid bounce back inning retiring the first two batters in the second, but a walk followed by and double then a single gave the Mets a pair of runs.

- In the third, the juniors pushed across two more runs as a Williams single scored two runs with JF Garon (Terrebonne, Que.) coming in on the hit, while Gordon headed home after the Mets’ left fielder mishandled the ball.

- Luke Van Rycheghem (Kent Bridge, Ont.) walked to leadoff the seventh and moved to second on a wild pitch. Brad Aldred (Oshawa, Ont.) then grounded out to first base moving over Van Rycheghem in the process and setting the stage for Isaac Deveaux (Montréal, Que.) whose groundout scored Van Rycheghem to bring the juniors within one.

- With two runners on and nobody the game was halted and eventually called when heavy rain moved into the area. This marks the second consecutive day in the Dominican where a game was ended during the ninth inning due to rain.

JNT HIGHLIGHTS
- After giving up six runs (five earned) over the first two innings, starter Isaac Anesty settled in for the third through fifth innings and the Mets had little answer for his devastating breaking ball as he managed seven of his eight strikeouts in that span including five in a row at one point.

- RJ Freure (Burlington, Ont.) gave the juniors three strong innings of relief recording four strikeouts that all occurred consecutively in the seventh and eighth. He erased a single in the eighth by picking the runner off at first to end the inning.

- In addition to Naylor’s homer in the first, he added a double sixth ending the game 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI.

- As they have all week Williams and Gordon continued to swing hot bats with both players matching Naylor with two hits apiece today.  

- The JNT Dominican Summer League record moves to 5-3 after the loss to the Mets with four games remaining on the schedule.

TEAM LEADERS
Hits: 2, Gordon (2/3), Williams (2/4), Naylor (2/4); 1, Yerzy (1/4), Van Rycheghem (1/2), Garon (1/2)

Runs: 1, Gordon, Williams, Naylor, Van Rycheghem, Garon

Doubles: 1, Naylor

Home Runs: 1, Naylor (4)

RBIs: 2, Naylor; 1, Williams, Deveaux

Stolen bases: 1, Williams, Gordon, Garon

Strikeouts: 8, Anesty; 4, Freure

QUOTES
Naylor on the success he’s enjoying with the long ball thus far on the Dominican tour: “I’m seeing the ball pretty well now and just trying to maintain my same approach each time at the plate. I’m getting some good pitches to hit down here and making the most of them.”

Naylor on hitting in the Dominican Republic. He’s homered six times combined in three trips to the island: “I like hitting down here. It’s hot and (the pitchers) challenge you with a lot of fastballs.”

UP NEXT
The Dominican Summer League Camp enters the home stretch tomorrow with just one game on the schedule that will see the juniors travel to the brand new Seattle Mariners Complex in Boca Chica … Will McAffer (North Vancouver, BC) is scheduled to start on the mound with the first pitch coming at 11am ET … You can get live updates by following @Team_C_Updates on Twitter.

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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.