Jrs. blanked in finale by Nationals

 Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, Ont.) had a 2-for-3 game as the Junior National Team completed their trip to Lake Beuna Vista, Fla. with a 7-0 loss to the Washington Nationals extended spring team.

Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, Ont.) had a 2-for-3 game as the Junior National Team completed their trip to Lake Beuna Vista, Fla. with a 7-0 loss to the Washington Nationals extended spring team.

Score: Washington Nationals Extended 7 Canada (18U) 0
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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

Starting Pitcher: RHP Will McAffer

– After two scoreless innings, the Nats put a run across in the third thanks to three consecutive singles hit off of reliever Michael Brettell (Fonthill, Ont.) to open the frame.

– Things didn’t get much better for Brettell in the fourth as the Nats scored four runs on five hits with the big blow coming in the form of a triple that plated two runs.

– In the eighth, three singles a walk with the bases loaded by reliever Tyler Whitbread (Camlachie, Ont.) brought in two more runs for the Nats.

– After homering the day before, Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, Ont.) followed up with a 2-for-3 day at the dish that included a double in the fifth.

– JNT starter Will McAffer (North Vancouver, BC) opened with two scoreless innings where he scattered three hits and walked one.

– Mathieu Deneault-Gauthier (Candiac, Que.) also held the Nats scoreless for two frames and struck out one batter while only allowing one hit.

– RJ Freure (Burlington, Ont.) tossed a scoreless ninth and fanned one batter.

Hits: 2, Yerzy (2/3); 1, Gordon (1/3), Hyland (1/3), Martin (1/3), Ando (1/2)
2B: 1, Yerzy
Strikeouts: 2, Whitbread; 1, Brettell, Deneault-Gauthier, Freure.

Players, coaches and staff will return to their respective destinations Sunday … The Junior National Team will reconvene next month in the Dominican Republic for the annual tour through the Dominican Summer League from May 21-29 … In August, the team will head to Australia for the final selection camp that will determine the 20-player roster that will represent Canada at the WBSC U18 World Cup in Osaka, Japan from Aug. 28-Sept. 6.


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.