14 hits are not enough as Jrs. lose to Braves

Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, BC) was one of five Canucks to collect two hits in an 8-5 loss against a group of extended spring Atlanta Braves prospects. Photos: Eddie Michels. 

Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, BC) was one of five Canucks to collect two hits in an 8-5 loss against a group of extended spring Atlanta Braves prospects. Photos: Eddie Michels. 

April 20th, 2017

Extended Spring Training: Juniors get 14 hits in loss to Braves


By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Junior National Team brought their bats to the extended spring training opener pounding out 14 hits, but so did the Atlanta Braves prospects who had 14 of their own en route to an 8-5 win.

The Braves line-up featured 2006 National League MVP Ryan Howard who is in extended spring training after inking a minor league deal with the club.

GAME INFORMATION
Score: Atlanta Braves 8 Canada (U-18) 5
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports – Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Canada 18U Starting Lineup:
1. Lucas Parente - CF
2. Adam Hall – SS
3. Noah Naylor – C
4. Michael Stovman – 1B
5. Edouard Julien – 2B
6. Archer Brookman – DH
7. Dondrae Bremner – 3B
8. Rhys Cratty – LF
9. Matthew Coutney - EH
10. Victor Cerny - EH
11. Denzel Clarke – RF
12. Clayton Keyes - EH

Starting Pitcher: LHP Jack DeCooman

HOW IT HAPPENED
- A three-run homer highlighted a four run second inning for the Braves as they put up five hits off Junior National Team starter Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, BC).

- The juniors answered back in the top of the third to score three runs courtesy of back-to-back-to-back two-out, RBI singles from Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.), Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, BC) and Edouard Julien  (Québec, Que.).

- The Braves added two runs in the home half of the frame as they got runners to second and third on a pair of singles and an infield error before both scored on an RBI single and RBI groundout.

SS Adam Hall (London, Ont.) had a two-run single.

SS Adam Hall (London, Ont.) had a two-run single.

- With Victor Cerny (Winnipeg, Man.) on third base and Lucas Parente (Burlington, Ont.) on second with two down in the fifth, Adam Hall (London, Ont.) singled to right to bring in both runners and pull the juniors to within one.

- After two scoreless innings, reliever Landon Leach (Pickering, Ont.) allowed a walk and single to put runners on the corners before a sac fly to centre brought in a run to put the Braves in front by two.

JNT HIGHLIGHTS
- Newcomer Matthew Coutney (Wetaskiwin, Alta.) singled in his first at-bat with the Junior National Team in the top of the second and added a one-out single, on a line to drive to right field, in the seventh to finish 2-for-3.

- Five Junior National Team members had two hit games at the plate including Stovman and Julien who also added a RBI to their stat lines.

- Leach tossed two scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth and had three strikeouts during his three-inning outing.

TEAM LEADERS
Hits: 2, Stovman (2/3), Julien (2/3), Coutney (2/3), Cerny (2/3), Clarke (2/3); 1, Hall (1/4), Naylor (1/2), Brookman (1/4), Bremner (1/1)
Runs: 1, Parente, Naylor, Cerny, Clarke, Keyes
RBI: 2, Hall; 1, Naylor, Stovman, Julien
Stolen Bases: 1, Bremner, Clarke, Parente
Strikeouts: 3, DeCooman, Leach; 2, Sierra

UP NEXT
The juniors return to action against the Atlanta Braves extended spring training team tomorrow at 1pm ET at ESPN Wide World of Sports … LHP Wesley Moore (Surrey, BC) is expected to start on the mound.

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.