Yerzy goes deep as Canucks lose to TIgers

March 18th, 2016


JNT Spring: Yerzy homers in loss to Tigers

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, ON) hit the Junior National Team’s first home run of spring training and drove in three runs but it wasn’t enough as the juniors fell to a prospects squad from the Detroit Tigers organization, 9-4.

GAME INFORMATION
Event: Spring Training
Score: Detroit Tigers 9 Canada (U18) 4  
Location: Walter Fuller Complex – St. Petersburg, Fla.

Canada U18 Starting Lineup:
1. Cooper Davis – CF
2. Adam Hall – DH
3. Noah Naylor - C
4. Andrew Yerzy – DH
5. Carter Loewen – DH
6. Tyler Duncan - RF
7. Edouard Julien – 2B
8. Isaac Deveaux – LF
9. Dondrae Bremner – SS
10. Steven Moretto – 3B
11. Robert Holmes – 1B

Starting Pitcher: RHP Jordan Balazovic

HOW IT HAPPENED
- After retiring the first two batters in the top of the first, JNT starter Jordan Balazovic (Mississauga, Ont.) allowed three consecutive singles that gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

- Adam Hall (London, Ont.) reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second to move into scoring position for Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, Ont.) who cashed him in with a two out single that knotted the score at one.

- The juniors went in front by one in second as Tyler Duncan (Sooke, BC) lined a single up the middle before a walk and wild pitch moved him to third. On the ensuing play, a throwing error by the Tigers’ first baseman allowed Duncan to scamper home with a two out run.

- The Tigers retook the lead in the fourth as they used three straight singles off JNT reliever Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, BC) to plate the tying run before an RBI groundout put them up by one.

- The juniors responded in the bottom of the inning tying the score with one swing of the bat and it was Andrew Yerzy whose solo blast came with one out in the inning.

- Three doubles including two to start the top of the fifth put the Tigers in front by two before they added two more in the sixth with the big blow coming in the form of an RBI triple.

- A leadoff home run in the eighth off reliever Carson Perkins (Bienfait, Sask.) gave the Tigers a five-run lead before the clubs traded runs in the ninth as Robbie Holmes (New Sarepta, Alta.) singled and later scored when Hall hit into a fielder’s choice.

JNT HIGHLIGHTS
- Save for the three consecutive singles given up in the first that led to a Tigers runs, Balazovic turned in a solid performance on the mound that saw him fan one over three innings of work.

- The juniors enjoyed an eight hit day offensively with Yerzy and Holmes collecting two apiece, while Cooper Davis (Mississauga, Ont.), Tyler Duncan, Edouard Julien (Québec, Que.) and Steven Moretto (Burnaby, BC) had singles.

- Three-year Junior National Team member Andrew Yerzy flexed his muscle with a solo blast in the fourth and drove in two runs as part of a 2-for-3 day at the plate.

TEAM LEADERS
Hits: 2, Yerzy (2/3), Holmes (2/3); 1, Davis (1/3), Duncan (1/3), Julien (1/2), Moretto (1/3)
Home Runs: 1, Yerzy
RBI: 2, Yerzy; 1, Hall, Bremner
Runs: 1, Yerzy, Hall, Duncan, Holmes
Stolen Bases: 1, Hall
Strikeouts: 3, DeCooman; 1, Balazovic, Perkins

UP NEXT
The juniors’ spring training schedule continues tomorrow at the Walter Fuller Complex in St. Petersburg as they return to international play with a doubleheader scheduled against a European team followed by an Australian squad, both teams are sponsored by Major League Baseball … LHP Wesley Moore (Surrey, BC) gets the start vs Europe at 10am ET, while LHP Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, NS) will toe the rubber vs Australia at 2pm ET … Both games can be heard live by visiting 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.