Canada plays for gold, 8 Aumont zeros, HRs by Lennerton, Kjeldgaard, Gillles

July 18, 2015

CANADA TO MEET UNITED STATES FOR PAN AM GOLD


By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

AJAX – Canada will get the opportunity to defend its Pan Am gold medal on home soil Sunday night at President’s Choice Pan Am Ball Park against the United States in a rematch of the 2011 championship game.

The Canadians booked their ticket to the gold medal game by defeating Puerto Rico 7-1 in a one-sided contest where starter Phillippe Aumont (Gatineau, Que.) worked eight scoreless innings, while Jordan Lennerton (Langley, BC), Brock Kjeldgaard (London, Ont.) and Tyson Gillies (Vancouver, BC) all homered.

Aumont was the story of the game for Canada as he turned in a dominant performance, barely getting tested by Puerto Rico, as he scattered just three hits and walk, while striking out eight. He began the game retiring 12 batters in a row before giving up back-to-back singles to lead off the fifth, but left them both stranded after recording a pair of strikeouts and getting a fly-out to centre.

“He has the ability to do that every time he goes out there,” said Canadian manager Ernie Whitt. “Tonight was special; he was throwing strikes, he was changing speeds. He has to throw strikes and that’s what he did tonight.”

Brock Dykxhoorn (Goderich, Ont.) took over for Aumont in the ninth and allowed three hits that brought in a Puerto Rican run before he struck out the final batter of the game to send the capacity crowd home happy.

Canada received plenty of offence early on scoring two runs in each of the first, second and third innings, and adding one run on a Gillies solo homer that led off the fourth.

“It felt great,” said Whitt of the early offensive production from his team. “Any time you are in these types of tournaments, you want to score first then continue to add on and prevent the other team from getting any life.”

“Any time you can go up by a lot of runs it’s a big help,” added Gillies. “The other team begins to lose confidence and we kept chipping away getting further and further ahead.”

Gillies’ homer was the third of the evening for Canada as Lennerton belted a two run shot to put Canada up by two in the first before Kjeldgaard hit his third of tournament with a two run shot in the third.  In between the two homers, Pete Orr (Newmarket, Ont.) singled to drive in two as part of a 2-for-4 day at the plate.

Earlier in the day, the United States got by Cuba, 6-5 to punch their ticket to the gold medal game. Canada will look to keep playing the same way they have all tournament knowing the US will be looking to exact some revenge from their loss in 2011.

“The same plan as today,” answered Gillies when asked about the game plan heading into the gold medal contest. “They will be coming hungry because we took the gold in 2011.”

Up Next: Canada will host the United States tomorrow in the gold medal contest beginning at 7pm ET… The game will be streamed live on panam.cbc.ca … 

Canada 7, Puerto Rico 1
Team       123 456 789      R  H E LOB
Puerto Rico 000 000 001  --  1 6 3 7
Canada     222 100 00x   -- 7    7    0    4

Statistics
Puerto Rico 
Name    Position    AB    R    H    RBI    BB    SO    PO    A    E  
 
THON Richard, 2B 4    -    -    -    -    2    1    2    -    
ROBLES Gabriel, SS 4    -    -    -    -    1    2    2    1    
DOMINGUEZ Jeffry, 3B 4    1    1    -    -    1    -    -    -    
GARCIA Anthony, RF    4    -    2    -    -    -    3    -    -    
BAEZ Edgardo, LF    4    -    1    -    -    2    3    1    -    
FELICIANO Joiset, DH 4    -    -    -    -    2    -    -    -    
PENA Roberto, 1B    4    -    1    1    -    1    2    1    -    
CRUZ Yomar, C    3    -    -    -    1    1    12    1    1    
MENDEZ Aldo, CF    3    -    1    -    -    -    1    -    -    
MARTINEZ Miguel, P    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    1    
GONZALEZ Luis, P    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
Totals        34    1    6    1    1    10    24    7    3

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

JAMIESON Sean, SS 3    1    -    -    -    2    -    4    -
ORR Peter, 3B 4    -    2    2    -    -    -    1    -    
O’NEILL Tyler, LF    4    -    -    -    -    1    4    -    -    
LENNERTON Jordan, 1B    3    2    1    2    -    1    10    1    -    
TOSONI Rene, RF    4    -    1    -    -    2    -    -    -    
KJELDGAARD Brock, DH    4    1    1    2    -    2    -    -    -    
DEGLAN Kellin, C    4    1    1    -    -    3    9    -    -    
GILLIES Tyson, CF    3    2    1    1    1    1    3    -    -    
STROMSMOE Skyler, 2B    2    -    -    -    -    -    -    1    -    
AUMONT Phillippe, P     -    -    -    -    -    -    1    3    -
DYKXHOORN Brock, P     -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -
Totals        31    7    7    7    1    12    27    10    -

Pitching Statistics
Puerto Rico 
Name    Position    W/L/S    IP    Hits (H)    R    ER    BB    SO    HR    WP    BK

MARTINEZ Miguel    L(1,1,0)    3.0    4    6    2    1    4    2    -    -    
GONZALEZ Luis        5.0    3    1    1    -    8    1    -    -
Totals            8.0    7    7    3    1    12    3    -    

Canada    
Name    Position    W/L/S    IP    Hits (H)    R    ER    BB    SO    HR    WP    BK  
 
AUMONT Phillippe    W(2,0,0)    8.0    3    -    -    1    8    -    1    -    
DYKXHOORN Brock        1.0    3    1    1    -    2    -    -    -
Totals            9.0    6    1    1    1    10    -    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.