Astros had too much ammo for Juniors

 DH Noah Naylor singled and knocked in a run as the Canadian Junior National Team lost 14-2 to the Houston Astros first and second-year pro. 

DH Noah Naylor singled and knocked in a run as the Canadian Junior National Team lost 14-2 to the Houston Astros first and second-year pro. 

JNT: Astros too much for juniors in fall action

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

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

- 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.


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.