O'Neill goes deep as Canuks lose 4-1 to Cuba

Cuba defeats Canada in final Pan Am tune-up

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada
CARY, NC- The Canadian Men’s team finished it three-game schedule in the Americas Baseball Festival today with a 4-1 loss to the Cuban National Team in a seven inning contest. The series was being used as a tune-up for the Pan American Games that get underway on July 11th in Ajax, Ontario.

Cuba opened the scoring in the bottom of the second getting back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners with none out before a run came in on a double play.

Adding to its lead Cuba used three singles off Canadian starter Phillippe Aumont (Gatineau, Que.) to go up by a pair. Aumont came back strong striking out the next two batters as part of four strikeouts during his four inning outing in which he gave up five hits.

Canada got on the scoreboard in the fifth when Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, BC) belted a two-out, solo home run over the wall in right-centre. Canada was poised to do even more damage in the frame loading the bases on a Rene Tosoni (Port Coquitlam, BC) single followed by an error and a walk, but the Cubans got out of it getting Brock Kjeldgaard (London, Ont.) to fly-out to right.

Reliever Evan Rutckyj (Windsor, Ont.) took over Aumont in the fifth and looked to get out the inning unscathed as he recorded two outs after a leadoff single, but two singles followed that brought in the third Cuban run.

In the sixth, Brock Dykxhoorn (Goderich, Ont.) took over for Rutckyj and hit the first batter he faced before a wild pitch allowed the runner to reach third. A single to left followed and Cuba went up by three.

Canada, Cuba and the United States will depart for Toronto later today for the Pan Am Games Men’s Baseball Competition that will run from July 11th-19th.

Canada will open defence of the Pan American Games gold medal, won in 2011, on Saturday, July 11 at President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ball Park against the Dominican Republic. To view a full schedule and to purchase tickets, please click here.

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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.