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  RHP Will McAffer (Vancouver, BC) tossed three scoreless innings as the Canadian Junior National Team fell 5-2 to the Washington Nationals extended spring team at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

 RHP Will McAffer (Vancouver, BC) tossed three scoreless innings as the Canadian Junior National Team fell 5-2 to the Washington Nationals extended spring team at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Score: Washington Nationals Extended 5 Canada (18U) 2
Location: Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports, Lake Buena Vista, FL

Canada 18U Starting Lineup:
1. Miles Gordon – CF
2. Kobe Hyland – SS
3. Demi Orimoloye – RF
4. Josh Naylor – DH
5. Andrew Yerzy – DH
6. Darren Shred – C
7. Jonathan Martin – 1B
8. JF Garon – LF
9. Isaac Deveaux – LF
10. Brad Aldred – 3B
11. Royce Ando – 2B
12. Ben Komonosky – DH

Starting Pitcher: RHP Tyler Whitbread.


– The Nats jumped on JNT starter Tyler Whitbread (Camlachie, Ont.) in the top of the first scoring three runs on five hits including a pair of doubles. In the second inning, Whitbread allowed a solo home run with two out before tossing a perfect third inning.

– In the fifth, with reliever RJ Freure (Burlington, Ont.) on the mound, the Nats added a run as a lead off double came around to score on a two-out single.

– The juniors countered the Nats run in the fifth with a run in the home half of the inning as Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, Ont/) singled before moving to third onJonathan Martin’s (Montréal, Que.) single, and later scored on a wild pitch.

– In the sixth, Royce Ando (Mississauga, Ont.) led off with a single and later scored on a two-out base hit off the bat of Kobe Hyland (Spruce Grove, Alta.).


– Freure took over for Whitbread in the fourth and worked his way out of a jam getting a strikeout and ground to leave two runners on after he yielded a one out double and walk. He allowed a run in the fifth but tossed a perfect sixth to conclude his three-inning outing.

– Will McAffer (Vancouver, BC) turned in a fine performance on the mound throwing three scoreless frames where he scattered one hit and walk to go along with two strikeouts. After a leadoff double in the eighth, McAffer retired six Nationals batters in a row.

– Offensively, the juniors hung with their professional counterparts in the hit category recording nine to the Nats 11.

– Brad Aldred (Whitby, Ont.) and Ando each had 2-for-3 games at the plate with Ando accounting for the only JNT extra base hit of the game as he doubled in the eighth.

– The juniors had a chance to make things interesting in the ninth after Aldred led off with a single and Ando followed with a double to put runners on second and third with nobody out, but a fly out, strikeout and groundout ended the game.


Hits: Ando (2/3), Aldred (2/3), Gordon (1/4), Hyland (1/4), Naylor (1/3), Yerzy (1/3), Martin (1/3)
2B: 1, Ando
Runs: 1, Yerzy, Ando
RBIs: 1, Hyland
SBs: 1, Gordon
Strikeouts: 2, McAffer; 1, Whitbread, Freure.


The juniors will travel to Dunedin tomorrow for a 1pm ET contest against pros from the Toronto Blue Jays organization at the Bobby Mattick Complex … LHPIsaac Anesty (Guelph, Ont.) is scheduled to start on the mound with RHPMike Soroka (Calgary, Alta.) and RHP Josh Burgmann (Nanaimo, BC) slated to follow.


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.