Naylor, Burgmann, Pompey, Ando lead Canada to win in opener

August 28th, 2015

U-18 World Cup: Burgmann terrific, Canada tops Taipei in opener

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada
OSASKA, Japan - In what was nothing short of a complete team effort, Canada earned a 6-2 win over Chinese Taipei to open the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup with a victory over one of the favorites in Group B.

Highlights


“I’m real pleased, we were able to put a game together for the first time in awhile,” said Canadian Manager Greg Hamilton. “Josh Burgmann was outstanding (on the mound), we played defense behind him and got key hits when we needed them.”

Canada received contributions all over the field and through the line-up, but none were bigger than Burgmann’s who tossed seven solid innings on the mound and also came up with an RBI single in third inning. Burgmann was forced into the batting order when starting third baseman Adam Hall (London, Ont.) left the game after colliding with first baseman Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) on a pop-up in front of the mound in the first inning.

“It was fun,” said Burgmann of being inserted into the batting order. “I actually enjoy hitting.

“The pitcher for Taipei was pretty good, I thought it would be a challenge so I came out first and pitch and took a swing, and it worked out well.”

On the mound he was tremendous allowing only one run, that came on a wild pitch in the sixth, three hits and two walks, while striking out six batters over seven innings of work.

“I felt great (on the mound),” he said. “I tried to throw my fastball inside on their hitters because I know they don’t like it in there, and I was able to get my curve ball over (the plate) as well.”

Burgmann’s single in the third got the Canadian offence going as Josh Naylor followed with a single and Tristan Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) drew a walk to load the bases for Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, Ont.) who lined a base-hit to left that saw two runs score including Naylor whose slide averted a tag by the Taipei catcher.

Naylor would later add a triple and come around to score Canada’s fourth run of the game before coming up with a two-run single to right in the ninth to increase the Canadian lead to four.

“Josh means a lot to this lineup, obviously,” added Hamilton. “He likes (being in) the moment, he can deliver and he doesn’t get exposed, right or left.

“But the key (today) was who’s in front and behind him in our lineup. Tristan (Pompey) had a great day as well.”

It was Pompey who singled home Naylor with a base hit to left in the in the eighth as he went 2-for-4, with an RBI and made a nice running grab in left field to steal extra bases in the eighth.

Mathieu Deneault-Gauthier (Candiac, Que.) took over for Burgmann in the eighth and allowed one run before Matteo Vincelli (Burnaby, BC) tossed a scoreless ninth.

Canada’s draw doesn’t get any easier as they will face an always-strong South Korean squad Saturday.

“They’re good and I assume we’ll see their ace as they had they were kind of able to ease into the tournament,” explained Hamilton. “They’re always a good baseball playing nation, but we’re not a bad club either and hopefully we’re starting to pay well at the right time.”

UP NEXT
The game against South Korea tomorrow is scheduled for Noon JST/11pm EDT (08/28) at Maishima Stadium … RHP Will McAffer (North Vancouver, BC) is expected to start on the mound.

CANADA 6 (1-0), CHINESE TAIPEI 2 (0-1) 
at Osaka, Japan (Nanko Chuo)

CANADA    

 ab       r       h     rbi     2b     3b     hr     bb     sb     cs     hp     sh     sf     so     ibb     kl     gdp     po       a       e
ANDO 2b     5     1     2     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     4     0
HUTZAL dh/3b     2     1     0     0     0     0     0     2     0     0     0     1     0     1     0     1     0     0     1     0
HALL 3b     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
DENEAULT-GAU p     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
DEVEAUX ph     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
VINCELLI p     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
NAYLOR 1b     5     2     3     2     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     9     0     0
POMPEY lf     4     0     2     1     0     0     0     1     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0
YERZY c     3     0     1     2     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     1     0     6     0     0
ORIMOLOYE rf     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     4     0     0     0     4     0     0
HYLAND ss     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     3     0
DAVIS cf     4     1     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     5     0     0
BURGMANN p     3     1     1     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     1     0     0     0     0
Totals      36     6     10     6     1     1     0     4     2     0     0     1     0     8     0     3     0     27     8     0 

CHINESE TAIPEI  

    ab       r       h     rbi     2b     3b     hr     bb     sb     cs     hp     sh     sf     so     ibb     kl     gdp     po       a       e
LI 2b     4     2     2     0     1     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     2     0
CHEN WH ss     3     0     1     1     1     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     3     0
LIN CF 3b     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     1     0     1     2     0
CHEN H dh/p     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     1     0     1     0     0
SHEN lf     3     0     1     0     0     0     0     1     2     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     2     0     0
CHANG YM rf     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
CHANG CS p     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
CHAN ph     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
KAO c     2     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     4     0     0
CHIANG SH c     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     5     0     0
TUNG 1b     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     1     0     11     0     0
CHIANG PH cf/rf     3     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
LIN AK p/1b     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     3     2     0
Totals      32     2     6     1     2     0     0     3     3     0     0     0     0     6     0     3     1     27     9     0


CANADA    

 ip       h       r     er     bb     so     wp     bk     hbp     ibb     ab     bf     fo     go     np
BURGMANN Josh W,1-0     7.0     3     1     1     2     6     1     0     0     0     23     25     7     7     95
DENEAULT-GAUTHIER Ma      1.0     2     1     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     5     5     2     1     15
VINCELLI Matteo      1.0     1     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     4     5     2     1     18
 
CHINESE TAIPEI    

 ip       h       r     er     bb     so     wp     bk     hbp     ibb     ab     bf     fo     go     np
LIN An - Ko L,0-1     6.0     6     3     3     2     5     0     0     0     0     23     26     2     11     88
CHEN Hu      1.0     1     1     1     1     1     0     0     0     0     4     5     1     1     22
CHANG Chao - Sheng      2.0     3     2     2     1     2     0     0     0     0     9     10     3     1     30
Umpires - HP: ROGERS J (USA) 1B: ARGUELLES U (MEX) 2B: NISHIGAI M (JPN) 3B: 
Start: 12:30 Time: 2:57 Attendance: 100
Weather: sunny Game notes: Scorers - WINKLER Stephanie (GER) NAKAMURA Fuka (JPN) MATSUDA Yukio (JPN) TC - ASO Koji (JPN) ITO Eiji (JPN) 
CHEN H faced 1 batter in the 8th.

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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.