Juniors see old friend in Braves' Soroka

 Atlanta Braves RHP Mike Soroka (blue) chats with members of the Junior National Team after pitching two scoreless inning. Photo: Alexis Brudnicki.

Atlanta Braves RHP Mike Soroka (blue) chats with members of the Junior National Team after pitching two scoreless inning. Photo: Alexis Brudnicki.

JNT: Fall Instructional League Weekend Roundup

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

ORLANDO – The Junior National Team program began their annual Fall Instructional League Camp at ESPN Wide World of Sports yesterday and it was a familiar face on the mound as alum Mike Soroka (2014, 2015), a first round pick of the Atlanta Braves last June, tossed two scoreless innings against his former club as the Braves beat the juniors 7-4.

The juniors opened the scoring in the bottom of the second as Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) came up with an RBI double off top prospect Touki Toussaint to score Isaac Deveaux (Montréal, Que.) who had singled. Naylor came around to score on a single off the bat of Jason Willow (Victoria, BC).

After opening the game with three scoreless innings, JNT starter Sam Turcotte (Toronto, Ont.) was touched up for five runs in the fourth on three singles and a two run home run.

Reliever Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, NS) entered the game in the fifth and held the Braves off the scoreboard before allowing a run in each of the sixth and seventh. Carter Loewen (Abbotsford, BC) tossed scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth.

The juniors added a pair of runs in the eighth after Luke Van Rycheghem’s (Kent Bridge, Ont.) single was followed by three walks, an error and a wild pitch.

Sunday’s game at Stetson University in Deland, Fla. was cancelled after only one inning due to rain and lightning in the area.

Both teams exchanged runs in the first inning that saw Clayton Keyes (Calgary, Alta.) single, move to third on a double off the bat of Adam Hall (London, Ont.) and score when Isaac Deveaux (Montreal, Que.) reached on a fielder’s choice.

UP NEXT: The juniors will play the Houston Astros prospects tomorrow at ESPN Wide World of Sports (1pm ET) … RHP Mathieu Deneault-Gauthier (Candiac, Que.) 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.