Leroux, Albers, Francis, Lennnerton lead Canucks to Game 1 win

Canada opens Pan Ams with win over Dominican Republic


By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

AJAX, Ont. - Chris Leroux (Mississauga, Ont.) fired six scoreless  innings and Jordan Lennerton (Langley, BC) belted a three-run homer to lead Canada to a 4-1 win over the Dominican Republic on the first day of the Pan American Games men’s baseball competition.

“I was really happy with the way we played tonight,” said Canadian manager Ernie Whitt. “Chris took the ball and gave us the start we needed and Lenny gave us a big hit when we needed it.

“Tonight was a big win.”

Leroux gave Canada six solid innings on the mound scattering six hits and striking out eight batters to keep the Dominicans off the scoreboard. He worked his way out of trouble twice getting a strikeout and groundout after giving up a pair of one out singles in the second and left a runner standing on third in the third recording a strikeout to end the frame.

“He gave us six strong innings,” added Whitt. “He came out after five and said he was good for one more.”

It didn’t take long for Canada’s offence to get going as Pete Orr (Newmarket, Ont.) drilled a triple off the wall in centre and later scored when Tim Smith (Toronto, Ont.) followed with a scoring fly ball to right field in the bottom of the first.

From the second to the fifth innings Canada’s bats went silent but that all changed in the sixth as they struck for three runs all coming courtesy of a Lennerton three-run homer. Orr drew a walk with two out and Smith followed with an infield single before Lennerton sent a ball into the Canadian bullpen beyond the right field wall.

“He threw me a pitch I was looking for,” said Lennerton. “It was a good feeling seeing the ball leave the park. Tonight was a big win for our team.”

The Dominicans got on the scoreboard in the seventh getting a leadoff homer off reliever Andrew Albers (North Battleford, Sask.) who took over for Leroux to start the inning. Albers was lights out afterwards recording six consecutive outs including three strikeouts. In the ninth, Jeff Francis (Delta, BC) came out of the bullpen and earned the save sitting down all three batters he faced on two strikeouts, while a fly out to right field ended the game.

In using Leroux, Albers and Francis, Canada pitched three of their veteran arms to pick up the win.

“The plan was the win and I wanted to go with the most experienced arms,” explained Whitt. “It worked out well for us tonight.”

Up Next: Canada faces a quick turnaround with a match-up against Colombia tomorrow at 3:30pm ET on Field 2 at President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ball Park … RHP Jared Mortensen (Abbottsford, BC) is scheduled to start … The best way to keep up with the action is by following @baseballcanada on Twitter… 

Country             1 2 3    4 5 6    7 8 9    Total    H    E    LOB
Dominican Republic 000  000  100  -- 1 7 0 5
Canada 100  003  00x -- 4 4 0 3

Statistics
Canada    
Name    Position    AB    R    H    RBI    BB    SO    PO    A    E
GILLIES Tyson CF    4    -    -    -    -    1    2    -    -
4    
ORR Peter 3B    3    2    1    -    1    2    -    -    -
SMITH Timothy DH    3    1    1    1    -    1    -    -    -
LENNERTON Jordan 1B    4    1    1    3    -    -    8    -    -
    
O’NEILL Tyler lf    3    -    1    -    -    -    3    1    -
TOSONI Rene rf    2    -    -    -    1    -    3    -    -
15    
JAMIESON Sean SSA    2    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
DEGLAN Kellin C    3    -    -    -    -    1    10    4    -    
STROMSMOE Skyler 2B    3    -    -    -    -    1    1    2    -
    
LEROUX Christopher    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
ALBERS Andrew    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    1    - *    
FRANCIS Jeff    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
Totals        27    4    4    4    2    6    27    8    -

Statistics
Dominican Republic
Name    Position    AB    R    H    RBI    BB    SO    PO    A    E
SOSA Ruben LF    4    -    1    -    -    1    2    -    -    
RUIZ Yeixon CF    4    -    1    -    -    -    2    -    -    
LARA Jordy 1B    4    -    1    -    -    2    5    1    -    
TAVAREZ Aneury RF    4    -    -    -    -    3    5    -    -
RODRIGUEZ Ronny SS    4    -    1    -    -    3    2    1    -    
FELIZ PEDRO 3B     4    1    2    1    -    -    -    1    -
MENDEZ VICTOR DH    3    -    1    -    -    1    -    -    -
ACOSTA Mayobanex C    3    -    -    -    -    2    6    1    -
MORA Angelo 2B 3    -    -    -    -    1    1    2    -
45    
VARGAS Claudio    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -*
DE LOS SANTOS Pe..    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
FERMIN Miguel    -    -    -    -    -    -    1    -    -
Totals        33    1    7    1    -    13    2

Pitching Statistics
Canada    
Name    Position    W/L/S    IP    Hits (H)    R    ER    BB    SO    HR    WP    BK
LEROUX Christopher
Pitcher    W(1,0,0)    6.0    6    -    -    -    8    -    -    -
ALBERS Andrew        2.0    1    1    1    -    3    1    -    -
FRANCIS Jeff Pitcher    S(0,0,1)    1.0    -    -    -    -    2    -    -    -
Totals            9.0    7    1    1    -    13    1    -    -

Pitching Statistics
Dominican Republic  
Name    Position    W/L/S    IP    Hits (H)    R    ER    BB    SO    HR    WP    BK
VARGAS Claudio    L(0,1,0)    5.2    1    2    2    1    5    -    DE LOS SANTOS Pe..        -    3    2    2    1    -    1    -    1    
FERMIN Miguel        2.1    -    -    -    -    1    -    1    -
Totals            8.0    4    4    4    2    6    1    1    1

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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.