Garon collects 2 doubles in loss to Astros

  Jean-Francois Garon (Terbonne, Que.) had a pair of doubles as the Canadian Junior National Team dropped a 7-3 loss to the Houston Astros extended spring team at Lake Buena Vista, Fla

 Jean-Francois Garon (Terbonne, Que.) had a pair of doubles as the Canadian Junior National Team dropped a 7-3 loss to the Houston Astros extended spring team at Lake Buena Vista, Fla

Score: Houston Astros Extended 7 Canada (18U) 3
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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

Starting Pitcher: LHP Matt Jones

– After two scoreless innings, the Astros got on the board in the top of the third when a leadoff triple scored on a double given up by JNT starter Matt Jones(Whitby, Ont.). A bunt moved the runner over to third, before an error allowed the runner to score and the Astros led by two.

– The juniors responded with a run in the home half of the inning as Isaac Deveaux (Montréal, Que.) doubled with one out and scored when Royce Ando (Mississauga, Ont.) reached on an error.

– In the fifth, the juniors took the lead scoring a pair of runs on doubles from JF Garon (Terrebonne, Que.) and Brad Aldred (Oshawa, Ont.) where Aldred would later score when Ando again reached on an error.

– The lead was short-lived however as the Astros struck for three runs in the top half of the sixth. Reliever Sam Turcotte (Toronto, Ont.) gave-up four hits in the frame that led to the three runs coming in.

– Two singles and a walk with a runner on and two-out led to another run for the Astros in the eighth before an RBI triple increased their lead to four with a run in the ninth coming off reliever Jackson Wark (St. Albert, Alta.)

-JNT starter Jones kept the Astros off the scoreboard for the first two innings of the game and struck out three batters during his three innings of work. Jones was only charged with one earned run.

– Turcotte was also able to stymie the Astros for two frames working a scoreless fourth and fifth before they scored three in the sixth. He also registered three strikeouts.

-Reliever Jackson Wark erased a two-single in the seventh by getting a fly out to record a scoreless frame and he also completed his three-inning outing with three strikeouts.

– The juniors kept pace with their professional counterparts in the hit department recording nine to the Astros’ 13.

– Garon led the attack with a pair of doubles, while Kobe Hyland (Spruce Grove, AB) went 2-for-4.

– Aldred had a double, scored a run and also drove in a run.

Hits: 2, Garon (2/4), Hyland (2/4); 1, Ando (1/4), Naylor (1/3), Gordon (1/4), Aldred (1/3), Deveaux (1/3)
2B: 2, Garon; 1, Aldred, Deveaux
Runs: 1, Garon, Aldred, Deveaux
RBIs: 1, Aldred
Strikeouts: 3, Jones, Turcotte, Wark

The juniors will be back to ESPN Wide World of Sports tomorrow for a 1pm ET contest against pro prospects from the Detroit Tigers organization … LHP Nick Vickers (Calgary, Alta.) is scheduled 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.