Naylor goes deep, two more hits for Gordon in loss

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Naylor homers, juniors fall to Mariners

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

Score: DSL Mariners Canada 10 (18U) 3
Location: Seattle Mariners Dominican Complex – Boca Chica, DR
Weather: 31 degrees Celsius, A few clouds

Canada 18U Starting Lineup:
1. Miles Gordon - CF

2. Royce Ando - SS

3. JD Williams – 2B

4. Josh Naylor – 1B

5. Demi Orimoloye RF

6. Andrew Yerzy – C

7. Tristan Pompey - LF

8. Luke Van Rycheghem - DH

9. Brad Aldred – 3B

10. Isaac Deveaux - DH

Starting Pitcher: RHP Will McAffer

- JNT starter Will McAffer (North Vancouver, BC) allowed three consecutive one-out single in the bottom of the first setting the stage for a two-run single to left that saw a third run score on a throwing error.

- The Mariners added a run in the third as a single, error and wild pitch put a runner on third with two out before a fly ball hit to left that outfielder Tristan Pompey (Milton, Ont.) lost in the sun fell in for a run scoring double.

- In the fifth, a leadoff walk stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch that saw catcher Andrew Yerzy’s (Toronto, Ont.) throw end up in left field allowing the runner to score.

- With one out in the seventh, Yerzy stepped to the plate and drilled a double to deep centerfield and advanced to third on a Pompey single before scoring on a Mariners’ error.

- The Mariners took complete control of the game in the bottom of the inning, scoring five runs to go up by nine. Reliever Michael Brettell (Fonthill, Ont.) allowed five hits including a two run triple along with two RBI singles, while his defense committed two errors.

- After slugging four home runs in his first eight games in the Dominican, Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) was at it again as he belted a two run opposite field home run that landed over the fence, just inside the foul pole in left.

- Naylor’s five home runs are becoming reminiscent of JNT alumnus Brett Lawrie’s eight home run performance in 2008. Lawrie hit five home runs in a doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners on May 24th, 2008 in a legendary performance and managed three others on the trip.

- The juniors had eight hits on offence with   Gordon leading the way going 2-for-4.

- The Mariners scored five runs off each of McAffer and Brettell although only two earned runs were charges to each pitcher. McAffer threw up scoreless frames in the third and fourth, while Brettell blanked the Mariners in the sixth and eighth.

Hits: 2, Gordon (2/4), Van Rycheghem (2/4); 1 Naylor (1/4), Ando (1/3), Yerzy (1/4), Pompey (1/3)

Runs: 1, Williams, Naylor, Yerzy

Doubles: 1, Yerzy, Van Rycheghem

Home Runs: 1, Naylor

RBIs: 2, Naylor

Strikeouts: 3, McAffer; 2, Brettell

The juniors will play their final doubleheader of the Dominican Summer League Camp tomorrow before wrapping up on Friday against the MLB Prospects. Game one will see Tyler Whitbread (Camlachie, Ont.) take the mound against the DSL Tigers at 10:30am ET, while Nick Virdo (Brampton, Ont.) gets the nod against the DSL Royals at 2:30pm in Game 2 … You can get live updates by following @Team_C_Updates on Twitter.


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.