Davis, Griffin, Hall, Leach, Moore impress in Jrs tie with Braves

 SS Adam Hall (London, Ont.) of the Great Lakes Canadians (above) and CF Cooper Davis (Mississauga, Ont.) of the Ontario Blue Jays each had a pair of hits for the Canadian Junior National Team in a 2-2 tie against the Atlanta Braves extended spring team.

SS Adam Hall (London, Ont.) of the Great Lakes Canadians (above) and CF Cooper Davis (Mississauga, Ont.) of the Ontario Blue Jays each had a pair of hits for the Canadian Junior National Team in a 2-2 tie against the Atlanta Braves extended spring team.

April 15th, 2016

JNT Extended Spring: Juniors, Braves draw even in extended opener


By Adam Morissette
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Junior National Team opened their extended spring training schedule today at ESPN Wide World of Sports and played to a 2-2 draw against a prospects squad from the Atlanta Braves organization. The juniors opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the top of the first before the Braves pulled even with a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings.

Event: Extended Spring Training
Score: Canada (U18) 2 Atlanta Braves 2
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Canada U18 Starting Lineup:
1. Cooper Davis – CF
2. Adam Hall – SS
3. Dondrae Bremner - EH
4. Andrew Yerzy – C
5. Clayton Keyes - RF
6. Edouard Julien – EH
7. Isaac Deveaux - LF
8. Brad Aldred – 3B
9. Jason Willow – 2B
10. Noah Naylor – DH
11. Soren Graversen – 1B
Starting Pitcher: LHP Wesley Moore

- The juniors came out swinging as Cooper Davis (Mississauga, Ont.) led off with a single in the top of the first and moved to third when Adam Hall (London, Ont.) followed with a double. Both runners came in on RBI groundouts courtesy of Dondrae Bremner (Toronto, Ont.) and Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, Ont.).
- A one out double off JNT reliever Tim Walters (Roberts Creek, BC) put a runner in scoring position for the Braves in home half of the fourth who later scored on a two out single.
- The Braves tied the score in the fifth as they used a one out triple followed by a sacrifice fly to pull even.

- Davis and Hall led the offence with each player collected two hits and scored a run as the juniors had six hits to the Braves’ eight. Bremner and Jason Willow (Victoria, BC) had the other hits.
- The juniors received scoreless pitching performances from three different hurlers. Wesley Moore (Surrey, BC) started and was solid over three innings of work as he scattered four hits and a walk, while fanning two batters.
- Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, NS) and Landon Leach (Pickering, Ont.) tossed two scoreless frames each and both struck out two batters. Griffin gave up just one hit, while Leach retired six in a row after a Braves batter reached on error to lead off the eighth.

Hits: 2, Hall (2/2), Davis (2/4); Bremner (1/4), Willow (1/1)
Runs: 1, Hall, Davis
RBI: 1, Bremner, Yerzy
Doubles: 1, Hall
Stolen Bases: 1, Hall, Keyes, Duncan
Strikeouts: 2, Moore, Griffin, Leach; 1, Walters

The juniors’ extended spring training schedule continues tomorrow at ESPN Wide World of Sports when they’ll face the Braves for the second time in as many days with a Noon ET first pitch … RHP Jordan Balazovic (Mississauga, Ont.) is slated 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.