Keyes homers, DeCooman, Balazovic impress in DH split

OF Clayton Keyes (Calgary, Alta.) went deep as the Team Canada Junior National team split a doubleheader. Photo: Eddie Michels.

OF Clayton Keyes (Calgary, Alta.) went deep as the Team Canada Junior National team split a doubleheader. Photo: Eddie Michels.

May 24, 2016


Dominican Summer League: Juniors split doubleheader

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada
BOCA CHICA, DR – The Junior National Team split a doubleheader today in two close contests as the Dominican Summer League Camp passed the halfway mark.

The morning game saw Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, BC) strikeout 10, while Jordan Balazovic (Mississauga, Ont.) fired four scoreless innings as the juniors beat the New York Mets Dominican squad, 2-1.

The afternoon match-up saw the Los Angeles Dodgers Dominican team break a 3-3 tie with two runs in the eighth as they went on to a 5-3 victory. Clayton Keyes (Calgary, Alta.) highlighted the offence with a solo home run in the second inning.

The Junior National Team’s record now sits at 5-4 with five games remaining on the trip.

GAME ONE INFORMATION
Score: Canada (U-18) 2 DSL Mets 1
Location: New York Mets Dominican Complex – Boca Chica, DR
Weather: 30 degrees Celsius, Mostly Cloudy

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

Starting Pitcher: LHP Jack DeCooman

HOW IT HAPPENED
- A lead off walk came around to score in the bottom of the first for the Mets after a stolen base and a two-out RBI single to left to put the home team up by one.

- The juniors mounted a comeback and took the lead with a pair of runs in the eighth. Tyler Duncan (Sooke, BC) and Keyes led off the frame with back-to-back singles before a fielder’s choice left runners on the corners with two out. Victor Cerny (Winnipeg, Man.) then chopped a ball to the right side where the Mets second baseman threw wildly to first allowing Cerny to reach base and Keyes to score easily from third. Back-to-back walks followed to Luke Van Rycheghem (Kent Bridge, Ont.) and Terrell Rogers (Aldergrove, BC) and all of sudden the juniors held a 2-1 lead.

JNT HIGHLIGHTS
- JNT starter DeCooman turned in a quality performance on the mound getting plenty of swings and misses from Mets hitters as he registered 10 strikeouts over five innings of work.  After a walk and RBI single in the first, he scattered just three hits and walk the rest of the way.

- Reliever Balazovic was equally as effective as he tossed four scoreless innings without allowing a hit and giving up just one walk. He struck out four.

- Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) and Keyes both paced the offence with 2-for-4 performances at the plate accounting for half the Junior National Team’s eight hits.

- Terrell Rogers singled in the third and his walk in the eighth with the bases loaded scored what turned out to be the game-winning run.

TEAM LEADERS
Hits: 2, Naylor (2/4), Keyes (2/4); 1, Bremner (1/4), Duncan (1/3), Van Rycheghem (1/2), Rogers (1/2)
Runs: 1, Keyes, Julien
RBIs: 1, Rogers
Stolen Bases: 1, Keyes
Strikeouts: 10, DeCooman; 4, Balazovic

GAME TWO INFORMATION
Score: DSL Dodgers 5 Canada (18U) 3
Location: Los Angeles Dodgers Dominican Complex – Boca Chica, DR
Weather: 30 degrees Celsius, A few clouds

Canada 18U Starting Lineup:
1. Cooper Davis - CF
2. Noah Naylor- C
3. Adam Hall - SS
4. Andrew Yerzy – DH
5. Clayton Keyes - LF
6. Tyler Duncan – RF
7. Jason Willow – 2B
8. Dondrae Bremner – 3B
9. Edouard Julien – DH
10. Michael Stovman – DH
11. Terrell Rogers - DH
12. Soren Graversen – 1B

Starting Pitcher: RHP Sam Turcotte

HOW IT HAPPENED
- Keyes put the juniors out to an early 1-0 lead as he jumped all over a fastball and sent it well beyond the trees over the left field wall for a solo home run in the top of the second.

- The Dodgers got the run back in the home half of the inning as the used a walk and stolen, with an error on the throw, and another walk to put runners on the corners with one out before executing a double steal that brought the runner in from third.

- The Dodgers took the lead in the third as they used a walk and double to put runners on second and third before a sac-fly to centre brought in the runner from third.

- The seesaw affair continued in the fourth as Keyes drew a one out walk and used his speed to score all the way from first when Tyler Duncan doubled to right.

- Things got off to a rough start for reliever William Sierra (Montréal, Que.) who took over for Turcotte in the sixth and gave up a lead off double before throwing two wild pitches that scored the tying run.

- With two out in the eighth, an infield single followed by a walk put two runners on for the Dodgers before a triple to centre brought both runners in to put the home team up 5-3.

JNT HIGHLIGHTS
-Sam Turcotte (Toronto, Ont.) kept the string of solid pitching performances going with five solid innings of work. He allowed just one earned run, two hits and three walks, while fanning five batters.

- Keyes joined the home run club, along with teammate Adam Hall (London, Ont.) who hit one, when he socked a fastball over the wall in left in the second inning.

- Naylor had two singles and went 2-for-4 for the second consecutive game, while Cooper Davis collected a bunt single in the first and a single in the third.
- Duncan reached base in all four of his plate appearances. In addition to his RBI double in the fourth, he also walked twice and was hit by a pitch that scored a run with the bases loaded in the sixth.

TEAM LEADERS
Hits: 2, Davis (2/4), Naylor (2/4); 1, Keyes (1/2), Duncan (1/2), Willow (1/3), Bremner (1/2)
Runs: 2, Keyes; 1, Hall
Doubles: 1, Duncan
Home Runs: 1, Keyes
RBIs: 2, Duncan; 1, Keyes
Stolen Bases: 1, Bremner
Strikeouts: 5, Turcotte; 3, Sierra

UP NEXT
The juniors will travel back to Boca Chica next for an 11am ET game against the Seattle Mariners Dominican squad…RHP Carson Perkins (Bienfait, SK) is scheduled 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.