Japan's Sato strikes out 13 Canucks in win

Peter Hutzal (Calgary, Alta.) returns to the dugout after an out, following same line his teammates followed in a 5-2 loss to Japan.

Peter Hutzal (Calgary, Alta.) returns to the dugout after an out, following same line his teammates followed in a 5-2 loss to Japan.

Sept. 3, 2015


U-18: Canada cooled by Satoh, Japan


By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

OSAKA, Japan – Japan’s Sena Sato went the distance and struck out 13, while his offense used a three-run third inning en route to a 5-2 win over Canada as the Super Round (second round) opened at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.

“It was a good game, I thought it was a real good baseball game,” said Canadian manager Greg Hamilton. “I thought both teams played really well.

“The kid (Sato) was outstanding and that was the difference in the ballgame, basically.”

Sato threw 140 pitches and had his way most of the evening on the mound changing speeds and frustrating Canadian hitters with his fastball and split-finger combo. He allowed just five hits, two of which were bunts. Canada pressed at times loading the bases with none out in the fifth and getting a pair of runners on in third and seventh innings, but Sato was able to get out of it with minimal damage.

“We had a couple chances at him to do some things and he bent but he didn’t break,” explained Hamilton. “That’s what defines a pitcher at being good – the ability to limit damage.’

The loss puts Canada’s record at 0-3 in the Super Round with games remaining against Australia and the United States. Canada must win both if they have any hopes of playing for a medal on Sunday.

Canada opened the scoring in the top of the second as Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) walked and later scored from third on a wild pitch, but Japan responded with a run of their own to knot the score in the bottom of the inning.  A ball deflected off Canadian starter Brady Moxham’s (Oakville, Man.) glove and rolled into right field for a double before a couple of ground outs cashed the run in.

Japan took the lead in the third scoring three runs with two out to go up by three and never looked back. After a pair of two out singles, a ball that out of the reach of shortstop Kobe Hyland (Spruce Grove, Alta.) landed in left-centre for an RBI double before a base-hit up the middle brought in two more.

Canada loaded the bases in the top of the fifth, but only came away with one run as Royce Ando (Mississauga, Ont.) grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to score Demi Orimoloye (Orleans, Ont.) from third. Orimoloye managed a lead off double on a ball that was bunted down the third base line before Hyland walked and Cooper Davis (Mississauga, Ont.) reached on a bunt single.

Moxham turned in a gutsy performance on the mound, but threw 110 pitches and was lifted after giving up a base hit and hitting a batter in the bottom of the sixth. Vincent Beauregard (Laval, Que.) entered the game and issued a walk before a sac-fly to centre brought in Japan’s fifth run of the ballgame.

Beauregard ended his two-inning outing with five strikeouts before giving way to Mathieu Deneault-Gauthier (Candiac, Que.) who tossed a scoreless eighth inning.

UP NEXT
Canada will face Australia tomorrow (12pm JST/12am EDT) at Maishima Stadium … The game will be streamed live and can be seen by clicking on the link below … RHP Josh Burgmann (Nanaimo, BC) is expected to start on the mound against the team that Canada played an 8-game series against leading up to the World Cup.

U-18 Baseball World Cup 2015
JAPAN 5 (3-0), CANADA 2 (0-3) 
Sep 03, 2015 at OSAKA (Maishima BS)
CANADA      
ab       r       h     rbi     2b     3b     hr     bb     sb     cs     hp     sh     sf     so     ibb     kl     gdp     po       a       e

ANDO 2b     4     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     1     0     4     0
HUTZAL dh     4     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     3     0     1     0     0     0     0
HALL 3b     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
NAYLOR 1b     3     1     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     2     0     1     0     10     0     0
POMPEY lf     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     2     0     0
YERZY c     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     3     0     1     1     8     0     1
ORIMOLOYE rf     4     1     2     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
HYLAND ss     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     2     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     1     4     0
DAVIS cf     2     0     1     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     3     0     0
MOXHAM p     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0
BEAUREGARD p     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0
DENEAULT-GAU p     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Totals      29     2     5     0     1     0     0     5     0     0     0     0     0     13     0     3     2     24     10     1 

JAPAN      
ab       r       h     rbi     2b     3b     hr     bb     sb     cs     hp     sh     sf     so     ibb     kl     gdp     po       a       e

SHINOHARA 3b     4     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     2     0     0     0     0     1     0
SUGISAKI lf     4     1     2     1     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     1     0     0
KATSUMATA 1b     3     1     1     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     7     0     0
KIYOMIYA dh     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     2     0     0     0     0     0     0
UGUSA ph/dh     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
HIRASAWA ss     3     1     1     1     1     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     2     4     0
OKOYE cf     3     1     2     2     1     0     0     1     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
TSUDA 2b     4     1     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     2     3     0
GUNJI c     3     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     13     0     0
FUNABIKI rf     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     1     0     0     0     0     0     0
SATO p     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     2     2     0
Totals      30     5     8     5     3     0     0     6     1     0     1     0     1     8     0     0     0     27     10     0 

CANADA      
ip       h       r     er     bb     so     wp     bk     hbp     ibb     ab     bf     fo     go     np

MOXHAM Brady L,0-1     5.0     8     5     5     2     3     1     0     1     0     23     26     4     8     110
BEAUREGARD Vincent      2.0     0     0     0     3     4     1     0     0     0     4     8     1     0     42
DENEAULT-GAUTHIER Ma      1.0     0     0     0     1     1     0     0     0     0     3     4     1     1     18
 
JAPAN      
ip       h       r     er     bb     so     wp     bk     hbp     ibb     ab     bf     fo     go     np

SATO Sena W,2-0     9.0     5     2     2     5     13     1     0     0     0     29     34     4     7     140 

Umpires - HP: CASANA P (CUB) 1B: ROGERS J (USA) 2B: TAKAHASHI K (JPN) 3B: WU M T (TPE) 
Start: 19:20 Time: 2:49 Attendance: 1,500
Weather: Cloudy Game notes: Scorers - TRAVAGLI M (ITA), MATSUDA Y (JPN), YOKOI C (JPN) TC - SANTIAGO G (PUR), ITO E (JPN) 
MOXHAM faced 2 batters in the 6th.

Super Round

Group C
Pos    Team    GP    WO    LO    AVG    GB

1    Japan    3    3    0    1000    0.0
2    South Korea    3    2    1    667    1.0
3    United States    3    2    1    667    1.0
4    Australia    3    1    2    333    2.0
5    Cuba    3    1    2    333    2.0
6    Canada    3    0    3    0    3.0

5Cuba3123332.0

6Canada30303.0

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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.