Mortensen, Gillies, O'Neill power Canada to win over Columbia

CF Tyson Gillies (Vancouver, BC) hit a three-run homer to get Canada on the road in a 10-3 win over Columbia in support of RHP Jared Mortensen.

CF Tyson Gillies (Vancouver, BC) hit a three-run homer to get Canada on the road in a 10-3 win over Columbia in support of RHP Jared Mortensen.

Canada uses long ball to thump Colombia

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

AJAX, Ont. – The Canadian Men’s Baseball Team pounded out 13 hits including three home runs and received a solid pitching performance from starter Jared Mortensen (Abbottsford, BC) to beat Colombia 10-3.

The win moves Canada to 2-0 in the Pan American Games Men’s competition with a match-up against Nicaragua (0-1) on deck for Monday night.

“Our pitching and defense has been really good and we’ve come up with some really big hits when we’ve needed to,” said Canadian manager Ernie Whitt. “We’re feeling really good right now. We’ve got to continue to take it one game at a time.”

Canada got things going in the second when Rene Tosoni (Port Coquitlam, BC) doubled to right and Sean Jamieson (Kitchener, Ont.) singled to third base to put runners on the corners. Tyson Gillies (Vancouver, BC) then stepped to the plate with two out and slammed a three run homer over the wall in centrefield.

Canada added a pair of runs in the fifth as Jordan Lennerton (Langley, BC) doubled to right field to score both Pete Orr (Newmarket, Ont.) and Tim Smith (Toronto, Ont.). Lennerton attempted to stretch the double into a triple on the play but was thrown out at third base on a well-executed Colombian relay.

Mortensen, meanwhile was locked in from the get go as he retired 17 of the 18 hitters he faced before allowing a solo home run with two out in the top of the sixth.

Colombia would go on to add two more runs in the seventh, courtesy of a two-run homer, but Mortensen finished strong getting a groundout and a pair of fly outs to end the inning. In total, the right-hander gave up just four hits and struck out five, while not walking anybody.

With two out in the seventh and Lennerton standing on first base, Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, BC) sent a ball deep over the left field wall for a two-run homer to put Canada up by six.

Evan Rutckyj (Windsor, Ont.) took over for Mortensen in the eighth and tossed a scoreless frame with two strikeouts, while Jasvir Rakkar (Brampton, Ont.) blanked Colombia in the ninth getting a double play and a strikeout to end the game. In between, Brock Kjeldgaard (London, Ont.) put the icing on the cake with a pinch-hit solo home run in the bottom of the eighth.

Up Next: Canada will move back to Field 1 at President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ball Park tomorrow when they face Nicaragua at 7pm ET … RHP Phillippe Aumont  (Gatineau, Que.) is scheduled to start … The best way to keep up with the action is by following @baseballcanada on Twitter … For tournament standings and stats, and to receive live game updates, please click here. 

  
Score
Team    123  456  789    Total H E LOB

Colombia 000  001  200   -- 3  6  0  2
Canada   030  022  21x   -- 10 13 0 7

Statistics
Canada
Name    Position    AB    R    H    RBI    BB    SO    PO    A    E    

GILLIES Tyson CF 5    1    1    4    -    1    1    -    -
ORR Peter 3B 4    1    1    1    -    -    -    3    -    
SMITH Timothy DH 3    1    2    -    1    1    -    -    -    
ROBINSON Christo.. DH 1    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    
LENNERTON Jordan, 1B 3    1    2    2    1    -    9    1    -
KJELDGAARD Brock, 1B 1    1    1    1    -    -    -    -    -
O’NEILL Tyler LF 5    1    1    2    -    1    3    -    -    
DEGLAN Kellin, C    4    -    1    -    -    1    7    1    -    
TOSONI Rene, RF    4    2    2    -    -    1    2    -    -    
JAMIESON Sean, SS    3    2    2    -    1    -    3    1    -    
STROMSMOE Skyler, 2B 2    -    -    -    -    -    -    5    -
MORTENSEN Jared, P -    -    -    -    -    -    1    -    -
RUTCKYJ Evan, P    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    
RAKKAR Jasvir, P    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
Totals        35    10    13    10    3    5    27    11    -

Statistics
Colombia
Name    Position    AB    R    H    RBI    BB    SO    PO    A    E  
 
POLO Tito Luis, LF    4    1    1    1    -    1    1    -    -    
BATISTA Sneider, 2B     4    -    -    -    -    2    -    3    -    
RAMIREZ Harold A.. RF    4    1    2    -    -    1    3    2    -    
BROWN Steve Wendel, CF    4    1    1    2    -    -    -    -    -    
ACUÑA Hector And.. 1B    4    -    -    -    -    1    9    1    -    
CASTRO Ismael, DH    3    -    -    -    -    1    -    -    -
LUNA Ronald, SS    3    -    1    -    -    1    2    -    -    
ARIZA Jorge Mario, C    2    -    -    -    -    -    5    1    -
AVILA Diover, C    1    -    1    -    -    -    -    -    -
DE AGUAS Jayson, C ..-    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
LOZADA Jonathan, 3B ..    3    -    -    -    -    1    2    4    -
CONSUEGRA Randy, P..    -    -    -    -    -    -    1    -    -    
CORPAS Juan Carlos, P    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
RUMION Harold Ye P..
RAMIREZ Ronald, P
MENDOZA Cristian, P ..    -    -    -    -    -    -    1    -    -
Totals        32    3    6    3    -    8    24    11    -

Pitching Statistics
Canada    
Name    Position    W/L/S    IP    Hits (H)    R    ER    BB    SO    HR    WP    BK    
MORTENSEN Jared    W(1,0,0)    7.0    4    3    3    -    5    2    -    -
RUTCKYJ Evan        1.0    1    -    -    -    2    -    -    -    
RAKKAR Jasvir        1.0    1    -    -    -    1    -    -    -
Totals            9.0    6    3    3    -    8    2    -    -

Pitching Statistics
Colombia    

CONSUEGRA Randy ..    L(0,1,0)    5.0    7    5    5    1    3    1    -    -
CORPAS Juan Carlos        0.1    2    2    2    1    -    -    -    -    
RUMION Harold Ye..        0.2    2    2    2    1    1    1    -    -    
RAMIREZ Ronald        1.0    1    -    -    -    1    -    -    -    
MENDOZA Cristian        1.0    1    1    1    -    -    1    -    -
Totals            8.0    13    10    10    3    5    3    -    -

 

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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.