Hall, Moore, Perkins, Yerzy lead Jrs to win over Cubs

 No. 35 Steven Moretto (Burnaby, BC) returns to the dugout after scoring in the Canadian Junior National Team's win over the Dominican Summer League Cubs. Photo: Adam Morissette.

 No. 35 Steven Moretto (Burnaby, BC) returns to the dugout after scoring in the Canadian Junior National Team's win over the Dominican Summer League Cubs. Photo: Adam Morissette.

Dominican Summer League: Pitching continues to impress as juniors top Cubs

May 21st, 2015


By Adam Morissette
LA GINA, Dominican Republic – Wesley Moore (Surrey, BC) and Carson Perkins (Bienfait, Sask.) limited the Chicago Cubs Dominican squad to just one run and six hits, while Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, Ont.) drove in three runs as the Junior National Team handed the Cubs a 5-1 loss. The win improves the Junior National Team’s record to 3-1 with ten games remaining in the Dominican Summer League tour.

GAME ONE INFORMATION
Score: Canada (U-18) 5 DSL Cubs 1
Location: Chicago Cubs Dominican Complex – La Gina, DR
Weather: 32 degrees Celsius, Mainly sunny

Canada 18U Starting Lineup:
1. Cooper Davis - DH
2. Noah Naylor – 3B
3. Adam Hall - SS
4. Andrew Yerzy – C
5. Clayton Keyes - DH
6. Edouard Julien – 2B
7. Steven Moretto – DH
8. Luke Van Rycheghem – DH
9. Jason Willow - LF
10. Robbie Holmes – 1B
11. Terrell Rogers – RF
12. Tyler Duncan - CF

Starting Pitcher: LHP Wesley Moore

HOW IT HAPPENED
- Adam Hall (London, Ont.) got things going in the top of the first as he hit a double down the right field line with two out, and Andrew Yerzy hit a sharp single up the middle to stake the juniors out to an early 1-0 lead.

- Back to back doubles to start the bottom of the second off JNT starter Moore knotted the score at 1-1.

- The juniors retook the lead in the second as Steven Moretto (Burnaby, BC) led off with a single and scored all the way from first base when Jason Willow (Victoria, BC) doubled down the left field line.

- In the third, Tyler Duncan (Sooke, BC) doubled down the right field line and a pair of Cubs’ errors followed that allowed him to score as the JNT built a 3-1 lead.

- In the sixth, walks to Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) and Hall set the stage for Yerzy who doubled to right to drive in his second and third runs of the game.

 

JNT HIGHLIGHTS
- Moore’s outing in not begin well as he allowed back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the first that put the Cubs on the scoreboard, but he settled in after that giving the juniors five solid innings on the mound. Moore allowed just three hits and a walk the rest of the way and added four strikeouts.

- Perkins kept things going when he took over in relief in the sixth and proceeded to retire seven batters in a row until allowing a walk and a single in the eighth. With runners on a second and third, Perkins registered a strikeout to leave them stranded. His four scoreless innings saw him allow just one hit and two walks, while he struck out two.

- Yerzy kept his strong week going with a pair of hits including an RBI single in the fist and a two run double in the sixth. He now has eight RBI through the first four games of the trip.

- Duncan had two hits as well, both doubles, and scored a run.

TEAM LEADERS
Hits: 2, Yerzy (2/4), Duncan (2/3); 1, Davis (1/4), Hall (1/2), Moretto (1/3), Willow (1/3)
Runs: 2, Hall; 1, Naylor, Moretto, Duncan
Doubles: 2, Duncan; 1, Yerzy, Hall, Willow
RBIs: 3, Yerzy; 1, Willow
Stolen Bases: 1, Hall
Strikeouts: 4, Moore; 2, Perkins

UP NEXT
The juniors will return to Guerra for a 10:30am ET game against the Houston Astros ... LHP Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, NS) is slated to start on the mound…You can get live updates by following @Team_C_Updates on Twitter

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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.