Aldred, Yerzy triple in Canucks eight-run eighth

C Andrew Yerzy hit a bases-loaded triple as Canada scored eight runs in the eighth for a 9-5 win over Puerto Rico.

C Andrew Yerzy hit a bases-loaded triple as Canada scored eight runs in the eighth for a 9-5 win over Puerto Rico.

March 11th, 2016


JNT Spring Training: Juniors rally to win spring opener

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – The Canadian Junior National Team (U-18) opened their spring training schedule at the Walter Fuller Baseball Complex against a Major League Baseball sponsored prospect squad from Puerto Rico and came away with a come from behind 9-5 win.

Down 5-1 going into the eighth inning, the juniors rallied for eight runs as they took advantage of some erratic Puerto Rican pitching and were on the receiving end of some timely hitting. Brad Aldred (Whitby, Ont.) came up with an RBI triple that scored Jason Willow (Victoria, BC) before Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, BC) cashed in Aldred on a groundout.   

Later in the frame with the bases loaded, Adam Hall (London, Ont.) drew a walk that brought in a run to bring the juniors within one before Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, Ont.) hit a bases clearing triple.

The juniors rounded out the scoring in the eighth when Yerzy crossed home plate on a wild pitch before Isaac Deveuax (Montréal, Que.) moved to third base on a single from Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) and scored on a wild pitch.

Manager Greg Hamilton (Ottawa, Ont.) sent four pitchers to the mound including Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, NS) who started and went two and one-thirds innings followed by three pitchers who made their Junior National Team debuts. Tim Walters (Roberts Creek, BC) went 2 1/3 innings before giving way to Landon Leach (Pickering, Ont.) who tossed two scoreless innings. Wesley Moore (Surrey, BC) took the mound for the ninth inning and shut Puerto Rico down to preserve the win.

Offensively, the juniors mustered five hits, four of which were of the extra base variety with Clayton Keyes (Calgary, Alta.) and Aldred coming up with triples, while Yerzy and Luke Van Rycheghem (Kent Bridge, Ont.) each collected a double. Naylor had a single in the eight run eighth.

UP NEXT: Connor Angel (Lachine, Que.) will take the mound tomorrow (1:05pm ET) as the juniors and Puerto Rico will meet for the second time in as many days at the Walter Fuller Complex … The game can be heard live at radiostpete.com.

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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.