Hill, Moore impress in loss to Nationals

 LHP Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, NS) pitched two scoreless innings allowing one hit and walking one.

LHP Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, NS) pitched two scoreless innings allowing one hit and walking one.

JNT Extended Spring: Nats top juniors at Disney

April 19th, 2016

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida – The Junior National Team was limited to just two hits against a group of prospects from the Washington Nationals organization that used nine hits to come away with a 6-1 victory.

Event: Extended Spring Training
Score: Washington Nationals 6 Canada (U18) 1
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports – Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Canada U18 Starting Lineup:
1. Cooper Davis – DH
2. Edouard Julien - 2B
3. Dondrae Bremner - SS
4. Andrew Yerzy – EH
5. Noah Naylor – C
6. Steven Moretto – 3B
7. Brad Aldred – RF
8. Carter Loewen - EH
9. Luke Van Rycheghem – EH
10. Soren Graversen – 1B
11. Clayton Keyes - LF

Starting Pitcher: LHP Wesley Moore

- After two scoreless frames from JNT starter Wesley Moore (Surrey, BC) the Nationals opened the scoring in the third as they used a pair of hits and took advantage of two errors to plate two runs.

- In the fifth, a lead off single off JNT reliever Tim Walters (Gibsons, BC) came around to score on a one out double.

- The juniors put across their lone run of the game in the sixth as Tyler Duncan (Sooke, BC) walked with the bases loaded to score Carter Loewen (Abbotsford, BC). Loewen drew a lead off walk and moved to third on a Luke Van Rycheghem (Kent Bridge, Ont.) single before Soren Graversen (Calgary, Alta.) walked to load the bases.

- The Nats put the game out of reach in the ninth as they scored three runs on three singles and an error.

- Moore provided the juniors with three solid innings on the mound including two scoreless frames to start the game. Both runs in the third were unearned. Moore registered four strikeouts on the afternoon.

- Another bright spot on the mound was 15 year-old Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, NS) who spun two shutout frames where he allowed just one hit and one walk.

- Van Rycheghem and Brad Aldred (Whitby, Ont.) had the only Junior National Team hits on the afternoon.

Hits: 1, Aldred (1/3), Van Rycheghem (1/3)
Runs: 1, Loewen
RBI: 1, Duncan
Stolen Bases: 1, Davis
Strikeouts: 4, Moore; 3, Walters; 1, Leach

The juniors will jump on the bus tomorrow morning and make the annual trek to Dunedin for a game against a prospects squad from the Toronto Blue Jays at the Bobby Mattick Complex … RHP Jordan Balazovic (Mississauga, Onnt.) is scheduled 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.