Balazovic, Sierra, Yerzy impress fo Jrs. in loss the Braves

 William Sierra (Montréal, Que.) pitched two hitless innings striking two as the Canadian Junior National Team was edged by the Atlanta Braves 2-1. 

William Sierra (Montréal, Que.) pitched two hitless innings striking two as the Canadian Junior National Team was edged by the Atlanta Braves 2-1. 

JNT Extended Spring: Braves edge juniors


April 16th, 2016

By Adam Morissette

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla – The Atlanta Braves prospects took advantage of a couple of errors in the top of the sixth to plate two runs and they held on to defeat the Junior National Team, 2-1 as the extended spring training camp continued today.

Event: Extended Spring Training
Score: Atlanta Braves 2 Canada (U18) 1
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Canada U18 Starting Lineup:
1. Cooper Davis – CF
2. Adam Hall – DH
3. Dondrae Bremner - SS
4. Andrew Yerzy – EH
5. Clayton Keyes – LF
6. Noah Naylor - EH
7. Edouard Julien – 2B
8. Michael Stovman – 1B
9. Victor Cerny - EH
10. Luke Van Rycheghem - C
11. Steven Moretto – 3B
12. Tyler Duncan - RF

Starting Pitcher: RHP Jordan Balazovic

- An error, walk and sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third for the Braves in the top of the sixth before another error and a bunt that went for a base hit scored both runners.

- The juniors fought back with a run in the seventh as Adam Hall (London, Ont.) hit a one out single before three consecutive walks including one to Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) with the bases loaded brought in a run.

- The juniors used four pitchers with each one turning in a quality performance. Jordan Balazovic (Mississauga, Ont.) started and went three scoreless innings allowing just one hit while he struck out four. William Sierra (Montréal, Que.) followed with two hitless innings on the mound that saw him walk just one batter and strikeout two. Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) was on the mound when two Braves’ runs scored although both were unearned and Carter Loewen (Abbotsford, BC) followed with two scoreless innings.

- Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, Ont.) clubbed a two out double in the fifth as part of a 1-for-2 day at the plate. Cooper Davis (Mississauga, Ont.), Adam Hall, Dondrae Bremner (Toronto, Ont.) and Luke Van Rycheghem (Kent Bridge, Ont.) each had singles.

Hits: 1, Davis (1/4), Hall (1/3), Bremner (1/4), Yerzy (1/2), Van Rycheghem (1/3)
Runs: 1, Hall
RBI: 1, Naylor
Doubles: 1, Yerzy
Strikeouts: 4, Balazovic; 2, Sierra

The juniors’ will play an inter-squad game tomorrow afternoon (3pm ET) before taking on the Braves again on Monday with the first pitch scheduled for 1pm ET.


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.