Burgmann, Deneault-Gauthier, Graversen shine in sun

 Josh Burgmann (Nanaimo, BC) pitched five innings allowing one earned run as he fanned six in a 3-2 win over the rookie-class Dominican Summer League Twins.

Josh Burgmann (Nanaimo, BC) pitched five innings allowing one earned run as he fanned six in a 3-2 win over the rookie-class Dominican Summer League Twins.

Dominican Summer League: Juniors edge Twins in DSL opener

May 19th, 2016
By Adam Morissette

BOCA CHICA, Dominican Republic – The Junior National Team held their traditional Dominican Summer League opener against the Minnesota Twins this afternoon and came away with a 3-2 win on the strength of a pair of solid pitching performances from veterans Josh Burgmann (Nanaimo, BC) and Mathieu Deneault-Gauthier (Candiac, QC).

Score: Canada (18U) 3 DSL Twins 2
Location: Minnesota Twins Dominican Complex – Boca Chica, DR
Weather: 30 degrees Celsius, A few clouds

Canada 18U Starting Lineup:
1. Cooper Davis - CF
2. Dondrae Bremner - DH
3. Adam Hall - SS
4. Andrew Yerzy – C
5. Clayton Keyes - LF
6. Noah Naylor – DH
7. Steven Moretto – 3B
8. Luke Van Rycheghem – DH
9. Jason Willow – 2B
10. Soren Graversen – 1B
11. Tyler Duncan - RF

Starting Pitcher: RHP Josh Burgmann

- The juniors opened the scoring in the fourth when Andrew Yerzy’s (Toronto, Ont.) single to right cashed in Dondrae Bremner (Toronto, Ont.) from third base. Bremner had led off with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch before Adam Hall (London, Ont.) grounded out to second to move Bremner to third.

- The Twins got the run back in the home half of the inning as a single and walk put runners on second and third before a throwing error allowed a run to score while putting runners on first and third with just one out. JNT starter Burgmann got out of the jam with a strikeout and groundout to end the inning.

- In the fifth, Soren Graversen (Calgary, Alta.) laced a double that got to the wall in right and scored when Tyler Duncan (Sooke, BC) lined an opposite field double to left.

- The juniors kept thing going in the sixth as Hall led off with a double and scored two batters later when Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) laced a single over the second baseman’s head into right field.

- The Twins got one run back in the seventh as they used a single and stolen base, that saw the runner move to third when the ball sailed into centerfield, before a sacrifice fly to centre brought the runner home.


- Burgmann and Deneault-Gauthier kept Twins hitters off-balance for most of the afternoon as each were efficient in the strike zone. They both managed six strikeouts and neither gave up an earned run. Burgmann scattered three hits and walked one, while Deneault-Gauthier allowed just two hits.

- Burgmann faced little adversity and when he did was able to get out of it as he left two runners stranded in the fourth and faced 19 batters over five innings of work.

- Deneault-Gauthier was perfect in three of his four innings of work including the eighth where he struck out the side and in the ninth where he fanned a pair.

- The juniors had just six hits on the afternoon but made the most of them as Yerzy, Naylor and Duncan had RBI singles.

- He didn’t register a hit, but 3B Steven Moretto (Burnaby, BC) reached on all three of his plate appearances (E6, BB, BB) while celebrating his 17th birthday. 


Hits: 1, Hall (1/4), Yerzy (1/4), Keyes (1/1), Naylor (1/2), Graversen (1/1), Duncan (1/3)
Runs: 1, Bremner, Hall, Graversen
Doubles: 1, Hall, Graversen, Duncan
RBIs: 1, Yerzy, Duncan, Naylor
Stolen Bases: 1, Naylor, Bremner
Strikeouts: 6, Burgmann, Deneault-Gauthier

The juniors will play a doubleheader Friday beginning at 10:30am ET when they take on the DSL Brewers in san Pedro de Macoris followed by a 2:30pm game against the DSL Blue Jays in Boca Chica ... Jordan Balazovic (Mississauga, Ont.) gets the start in game one, while William Sierra (Montréal, Que.) will start game two…You can get live updates by following @Team_C_Updates on Twitter.


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.