By Adam Morissette
DOULIU, Taiwan- Pete Orr (Newmarket, Ont.) drove in four runs and Skyler Stromsmoe (Etzikom, Alta.) hit two doubles and drove in two runs as Canada thumped Mexico 8-0 in Premier 12 exhibition play. Canada used seven pitchers who combined on the shutout including starter Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ont.) who tossed three innings.
Canada will wrap-up Premier 12 exhibition play tomorrow against Venezuela.
Score: Canada 8 Mexico 0
Location: Dou-Liou Baseball Stadium – Douliu, Taiwan
Weather: 28C, Cloudy
Canada Starting Lineup:
1. Jamieson SS
2. Orr 3B
3. O’Neill LF
4. Lennerton 1B
5. Green DH
6. Tosoni CF
7. Kjeldgaard RF
8. Deglan C
9. Stromsmoe 2B
Starting Pitcher: LHP Scott Diamond
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Canada opened the scoring in the top of the second as Rene Tosoni (Port Coquitlam, BC) led off with a double to the gap in right-centre and scored when Skyler Stromsmoe (Etzikom, Alta.) drilled a two out double to the corner in right field.
- Canada added to their lead in the fifth and it was Stromsmoe in the middle of it again as the switch hitter led off with a double to the corner in left and scored from third when Pete Orr (Newmarket, Ont.) singled to centre.
- Orr came to the plate with the bases loaded in the sixth and roped a base-hit to centre that scored two, while another run came in on a wild throw from the outfield to put Canada up by five. Canada loaded the bases on three walks including an intentional base on balls to Sean Jamieson (Kitchener, Ont.) that brought Orr to the plate.
- Stromsmoe knocked in his second run of the game with a single in the eighth and he later scored in the inning off a single from guess who, Orr that gave him four RBIs on the evening.
- In the ninth, Canada put the icing on the cake with a run coming in on a fielder’s choice that gave Brock Kjeldgaard (London, Ont.) an RBI.
-Canada starter Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ont.) was solid on the mound over his three-inning appearance. The southpaw scattered three hits and fanned one batter.
- Once Diamond’s day was done, Manager Ernie Whit put his bullpen to work as six different pitcher’s got one inning each on the mound as Chris Leroux (Mississauga, Ont.), Kyle Lotzkar (Delta, BC), Ethan Elias (Entwistle, Alta.), Ethan Stewart (Campbell River, BC), Jasvir Rakkar (North York, Ont.) and Dustin Molleken (Regina, Sask.) all worked scoreless frames.
- Canada’s offence pounded out 11 hits to Mexico’s six with Orr and Stromsmoe leading the way with three each.
- Canada’s defence looked sharp after an error in the first inning, turning four double plays on the evening.
Hits: 3, Orr (3/5), Stromsmoe (3/5); 2, Lennerton (2/4); 1, Tosoni (1/3), Green (1/5), Houle (1/2)
Doubles: 2, Stromsmoe; 1, Orr, Tosoni
Runs: 2, Kjeldgaard, Stromsmoe; 1, Jamieson, Lennerton, Tosoni, Deglan
RBIs: 4, Orr; 2, Stromsmoe; 1, Kjeldgaard
Strikeouts: 2, Leroux; 1, Diamond, Lotzkar
Canada will play Venezuela in a tune-up game on (6:30pm CST/5:30am ET) before opening their Premier 12 schedule Nov. 10th against Cuba (6:30pm CST/5:30am ET) at Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung.