Diamond, Orr, Stromsmoe aid Canucks in tune-up romp over Mexico

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

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

- 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.


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.