JNT: Astros too much for juniors in fall action
By Adam Morissette
Event: Fall Instructional League
Score: Houston Astros 14 Canada (U-18) 2
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Canada U18 Starting Lineup:
1. Cooper Davis - DH
2. Clayton Keyes - CF
3. Adam Hall - SS
4. Andrew Yerzy - C
5. Isaac Deveaux - LF
6. Noah Naylor - DH
7. Brad Aldred – 3B
8. Luke Van Rycheghem – 1B
9. Jason Willow – 2B
10. Tyler Duncan - RF
Starting Pitcher: RHP Mathieu Deneault-Gauthier
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Astros struck for four runs in the top of the first and never looked back as they built an 8-0 lead after three innings.
- The juniors got on the board in the bottom of the fifth as Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) drove in Cooper Davis (Mississauga, Ont.) on a base hit before coming around to score later in the frame.
- The Astros added three runs in the seventh and struck for three more in the ninth to put the game out of reach.
- The juniors managed five hits by five different players.
- Reliever Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, BC) was a bright spot on the mound as he worked three scoreless frames without allowing a base hit or a walk and struck out three batters.
Hits: 1, Davis (1/3), Keyes (1/2), Deveaux (1/3), Naylor (1/3), Van Rycheghem (1/3)
Runs: 1, Davis, Naylor
RBIs: 1, Naylor
Strikeouts: 3, DeCooman; 2, Deneault-Gauthier; 1, Sierra
The juniors will be back at ESPN Wide World of Sports tomorrow (1pm ET) when they take on prospects from the Washington Nationals organization … RHP Jordan Balazovic (Mississauga, Ont.) is expected to start on the mound.