Canucks lose to Phils, Deneault-Gauthier, Keyes impress

 SS Adam Hall (London, Ont.) bunted for a base hit and tripled as the Canadian Junior National Team lost 6-2 to Philadelphia Phillies.

SS Adam Hall (London, Ont.) bunted for a base hit and tripled as the Canadian Junior National Team lost 6-2 to Philadelphia Phillies.

March 13th, 2016

JNT Spring: Juniors come up short against Phillies


By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – The Canadian Junior National Team dropped its first game of spring training Sunday, a 6-2 decision to a group of minor league prospects from the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

Event: Spring Training
Score: Philadelphia Phillies 6 Canada (U18) 2
Location: Walter Fuller Complex – St. Petersburg, Fla.

Canada U18 Starting Lineup:
1. Cooper Davis – CF
2. Adam Hall – SS
3. Clayton Keyes - RF
4. Andrew Yerzy – C
5. Noah Naylor – DH
6. Steven Moretto – DH
7. Brad Aldred – 3B
8. Isaac Deveaux - LF
9. Luke Van Rycheghem – 1B
10. Jason Willow – 2B
11.Soren Graversen -

Starting Pitcher: RHP Josh Burgmann

- A leadoff single in the top of the first followed by a one out triple off JNT starter Josh Burgmann (Nanaimo, BC) gave the Phillies a quick 1-0 lead.

- The Phillies struck again in the second inning as they used a one out walk, stolen base and single to get a runner to third base before a wild pitch brought him in from third.

- With two out in the fourth and reliever Mathieu Deneault-Gauthier (Candiac, Que.) on the mound, an infield single that included a throwing error on the play put a runner in scoring position only to see a single up the middle bring in the third Phillies run of the game.

- The juniors got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth as Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, Ont.) reached with one out on a single and came around to score when the Phillies committed an error.

- The Phillies pulled away in the seventh as and error to lead off hitter followed by a one out single set the stage for a two out double that scored both runners.

- The juniors cut into the Phillies lead in the bottom of the inning as a Clayton Keyes (Calgary, Alta.) one out double scored Adam Hall (London, Ont.) who had reached on a bunt that went for a base hit. The Phillies answered back in the top of the next inning as they used a single, stolen base and a run scoring triple to regain their four-run lead.

- Keyes hit his third extra base hit in as many games and he made it count when his double scored a run in the seventh.

- Hall paced the offence for the juniors as he went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored. Andrew Yerzy, Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, BC) and Edouard Julien (Québec, Que.) accounted for the other Junior National Team hits on the afternoon.

- Deneault-Gauthier was solid in his first outing of spring training, as he didn’t allow an earned run over three and one-third innings of work that included one strikeout.

- Reliever Sam Turcotte (Toronto, Ont.) was tagged with one earned run over three innings on the mound that saw him scatter six hits and strikeout one batter.

Hits: 2, Hall (2/3), Stovman (1/1); 1, Keyes (1/3), Yerzy (1/3), Julien (1/1)
Doubles: 1, Keyes
Triples: 1, Hall
Runs: 1, Hall, Yerzy
RBI: 1, Keyes
Strikeouts: 3, Burgmann; 1, Deneault-Gauthier, Turcotte

The juniors’ spring training schedule continues Monday at the Walter Fuller Complex when they welcome a group of minor league prospects from the Toronto Blue Jays organization for a 1:05pm ET first pitch … 2015 Pan Am Games gold medalist LHP Shane Dawson (Drayton Valley, Alta.) is expected to start on the mound for the Jays, while LHP Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, BC) is expected to start for the juniors … The game can be heard live by visiting


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.