Team USA wins opener, Deglan, Kjeldgaard go deep

RP Kyle Lotzkar pitched two innings allowing one run as Team Canada fell 9-3 to Team USA in the opener of its warm-up tournament to the Pan Am Games. 

RP Kyle Lotzkar pitched two innings allowing one run as Team Canada fell 9-3 to Team USA in the opener of its warm-up tournament to the Pan Am Games. 

Canada drops opening game of Americas Baseball Festival

By Adam Morissette
CARY, NC- The Canadian Men’s Baseball Team opened the Americas Baseball Qualifier Monday on the wrong end of a 9-3 score to the United States Pan American Games team.

The United States erased a 1-0 Canada lead by scoring four runs in the fourth, one in the sixth and added four more in the seventh. Canada received a pair of solo home runs from Kellin Deglan (Langley, BC) and Brock Kjeldgaard (London, Ont.) in the loss.

“We gave up four runs in two innings for a total of eight which is not good, but other than that I thought the guys played well,” said Canadian Manager Ernie Whitt.

The Americas Baseball Festival is being used as a tune-up for the Pan American Games that get underway on Saturday in Ajax, ON.

“For me, this week is about our team getting used to one another and coming together as a group,” added Whitt. “Players that have not been in international play before can get used to this type of environment.”

After Canada took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a Pete Orr (Newmarket, Ont.) RBI double that saw speedster Tyson Gillies (Vancouver, BC) score from first base, starting pitcher Shawn Hill (Georgetown, Ont.) proceeded to toss three hitless innings before giving up a single in the top of the fourth. After a one out single, fielder’s choice and a hit by pitch loaded the bases, Team USA’s Tom Murphy tripled to right-centre that cleared the bases to give the Americans the lead.

The US added another run in the fourth on an RBI single before Canadian catcher Kellin Deglan drilled a solo homer over the wall in the right to cut the deficit to two.

Kyle Lotzkar (Delta, BC) took over for Hill in the fifth and tossed a perfect frame before the US regained their three-run lead when a one out triple scored on single with one out in the sixth.

Kjeldgaard’s solo blast brought Canada back within two, but that was as close as they would come as the US scored four runs in the seventh highlighted by a three-run homer.

Scott Richmond (Vancouver, BC) was charged with four earned runs in the seventh, but he regrouped in the eighth and left a pair of US runners on base in a scoreless frame.

As Whitt emphasized, these exhibition contests are all about preparing for the Pan Am Games where his squad enters the event as the defending gold medalists.

“I’m observing and watching how we handle certain types of situations, adversity and other things,” he said. “If we can (as a staff) can spot anything (here) then hopefully we can make an adjustment to be ready for the Pan Am opener.”

Notes: Canada will play their second of three contests in the Americas Baseball Festival tomorrow in Cary, NC at Coleman Field on the grounds of USA Baseball’s National Training Centre when they take on the United States College National Team at 3pm ET … RHP Jared Mortensen (Abbottsford, BC), LHP Evan Rutckyj (Windsor, ON) and RHP Jasvir Rakkar (Brampton, ON) are expected to pitch for Canada … The game can be seen live at usabaseball.com.

Canada will open defence of the Pan American Games gold medal, won in 2011, on Saturday, July 11th at President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ball Park against the Dominican Republic. To view a full schedule and to purchase tickets, please click here.

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Canada at USA
Jul 06, 2015 at Cary, N.C. (Coleman Field (NTC))
Canada 3 (0-1)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob

Tyson Gillies cf 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1
Pete Orr 3b 3 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
 Jesse Hodges 3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Sean Jamieson ss 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 2
Jordan Lennerton 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 2 0
Tyler O’Neill lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1
Rene Tosoni rf 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
Brock Kjeldgaard dh 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Tim Smith dh 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Kellin Deglan c 2 1 1 1 0 0 4 0 0
 Chris Robinson c 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
Skyler Stromsmoe 2b 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
Shawn Hill p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
 Kyle Lotzkar p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Scott Richmond p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 33 3 7 3 1 8 23 8 4

USA 9 (1-0)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob

Travis Jankowski cf 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2
Andy Parrino ss 3 1 1 0 0 0 3 1 0
 Jeff Bianchi ss 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
Brian Bogusevic dh 4 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Patrick Kivlehan lf 4 2 3 3 0 0 1 0 0
Casey Kotchman 1b 4 1 1 1 0 0 10 1 0
Jacob Wilson 2b 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
Tommy Murphy c 2 1 1 3 0 1 4 0 1
 Eric Fryer c 2 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 1
Tyler Pastornicky 3b 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 2 0
Albert Almora rf 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
Zach Eflin p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Nate Smith p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
 Josh Hader p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
 Scott McGregor p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 David Huff p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 36 9 12 9 0 4 27 13 5

Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Canada 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 7 1
USA 0 0 0 4 0 1 4 0 X 9 12 1
E - Stromsmoe, S; Parrino, A.. DP - USA 1. LOB - Canada 4; USA 5. 2B - Orr, P.; Bogusevic, B; Almora, A.. 3B - Kivlehan, P.; Murphy, T.. HR - Kjeldgaard B; Deglan, K.; Kivlehan, P.. HBP - Wilson, J.. CS - Tosoni, R..

Canada ip h r er bb so ab bf
Shawn Hill 3.2 4 4 4 0 3 16 17
Kyle Lotzkar 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 8 8
Scott Richmond 2.0 6 4 4 0 1 12 12

USA ip h r er bb so ab bf
Zach Eflin 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 8 8
Nate Smith 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 7 8
Josh Hader 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 8 8
Scott McGregor 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 7 7
David Huff 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Win - Smith, N. (1-0). Loss - Hill, S. (0-1). Save - None.
HBP - by Hill, S. (Wilson, J.).
Start: 11:03 am Time: 2:03 Attendance:

 

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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.