Braves farmhands too much for Canuck Juniors

 Josh Burgmann (Nanaimo, BC) and the Canadian JJunior National Team faced the Atlanta Braves farmhands in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 

Josh Burgmann (Nanaimo, BC) and the Canadian JJunior National Team faced the Atlanta Braves farmhands in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 

JNT Extended Spring: Braves too much for juniors

April 18th, 2016

By Adam Morissette
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A five-run bottom of the first inning gave the Atlanta Braves prospects all of the offence they would need as they went on to hand the Junior National Team a 12-1 loss as the extended spring training camp continued today.

Event: Extended Spring Training
Score: Atlanta Braves 12 Canada (U18) 1
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports – Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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

Starting Pitcher: RHP Josh Burgmann

- Three consecutive singles off JNT starter Josh Burgmann (Nanaimo, BC) to start the bottom of the first led to two runs before the Braves added three more on an error, wild pitch and RBI single.

- The juniors answered back in the third as Brad Aldred (Whitby, Ont.) reached and moved to second base on an error before moving to third on a ground out and later coming in to score on a wild pitch.

- The Braves added another run off Burgmann in the third on a RBI single before they plated three runs in the fourth off of reliever Mathieu Deneault-Gauthier (Candiac, Que.). A lead off triple scored on an ensuing single before a RBI double brought in one, and a two-out single brought in the other run.

- The Braves put the finishing touches on the scoreboard in the seventh as they scored three runs on an error, single, hit by pitch and two walks with reliever Sam Turcotte (Toronto, Ont.) on the mound.

- The juniors were limited to just four hits on the afternoon as Steven Moretto (Burnaby, BC) doubled, while Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.), Isaac Deveaux (Montreal, Que.) and Aldred each had singles.

- Although he was touched up for five earned runs, JNT starter Burgmann gave Braves’ hitters a tough time in the batter’s box as he registered six strikeouts over three innings of work.

Hits: 1, Moretto (1/2), Naylor (1/3), Aldred (1/3), Deveaux (1/2)
Runs: 1, Aldred
Doubles: 1, Moretto
Strikeouts: 6, Burgmann; 2, Deneault-Gauthier, Turcotte

After three games against the Atlanta Braves farmhands, the juniors will play a different organization Tuesday  as they’ll face a prospects squad from the Washington Nationals organization at 1pm ET … LHP Wesley Moore (Surrey, BC) is expected 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.