A Tiger tie, thanks to Cratty, Moore, Parente, Smith

RHP Cade Smith (Abbotsford, BC) threw three scoreless against the Detroit Tigers extended spring team. Photos: Eddie Michels.

RHP Cade Smith (Abbotsford, BC) threw three scoreless against the Detroit Tigers extended spring team. Photos: Eddie Michels.

April 26th, 2017

Extended Spring Training: Juniors, Tigers tie

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – For the second time in as many games the Junior National Team played to a tie, this time 3-3 against a group of prospects from the Detroit Tigers organization.

Lucas Parente (Burlington, Ont.)

Lucas Parente (Burlington, Ont.)

Reliever Cade Smith (Abbotsford, BC) threw three scoreless innings allowing just one hit, while Lucas Parente (Burlington, Ont.) paced the offence with a double, RBI, stolen base and a run scored.

GAME INFORMATION
Score: Detroit Tigers 3 Canada (U-18) 3
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Canada 18U Starting Lineup:
1. Denzel Clarke – RF
2. Dondrae Bremner – 2B
3. Adam Hall – SS
4. Noah Naylor – 3B
5. Clayton Keyes – CF
6. Michael Stovman – DH
7. Damiano Palmegiani – 1B
8. Rhys Cratty - EH
9. Victor Cerny - C
10. Matthew Coutney - EH
11. Lucas Parente - LF

Starting Pitcher: LHP Wesley Moore

LHP Wesley Moore (Surrey, BC) 

LHP Wesley Moore (Surrey, BC) 

HOW IT HAPPENED
- Starter Wesley Moore (Surrey, BC) worked two scoreless innings before the Tigers scored a run with two out on a successful double steal of second and home. A one out walk followed by a single and a fly out to centre put runners on the corners for the Tigers.

- Parente got things going in the fourth as he led off with a walk and stole second to move into scoring position before scoring on a Pirates’ error.

- With two out in the sixth, reliever Garrett Nicholson (Sydney Mines, NS) walked two batters before a double to left scored both a the Pirates led by two.

- The juniors got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning as Victor Cerny (Winnipeg, Man.) led off with a single and scored all the way from first when Parente doubled to centre.

- The juniors drew even in the eighth and it was Rhys Cratty (Langley, BC) who came through with a single on a hard hit ball to first base that brought in Clayton Keyes (Calgary, Alta.) from third.

JNT HIGHLIGHTS
- Pitching has been strength for the Junior National Team all week and it continued with the juniors holding the Pirates off the board in seven of nine defensive innings. Cade Smith led the way with three scoreless innings including a stretch where he retired eight in a row.

- Moore tossed scoreless frames in three of his four innings that included four strikeouts.

- The juniors rallied in the eighth as they loaded the bases before Cratty’s RBI single to tie the game. Keyes led off with a single before a pitch hit Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, BC). Damiano Palmegiani (Surrey, BC) left singled on a groundball to left that advanced the runners.

TEAM LEADERS
Hits: 1, Bremner (1/4), Keyes (1/2), Palmegiani (1/2), Cratty (1/3), Cerny (1/2)
Runs: 1, Keyes, Cerny, Parente
RBI: 1, Cratty, Parente
Stolen Bases: 1, Keyes, Parente
Strikeouts: 4, Moore; 2, Smith; 1, Nicholson

UP NEXT
The juniors will be back at ESPN Wide World of Sports tomorrow for a 12pm ET contest against a prospects squad from the Toronto Blue Jays organization … LHP Harley Gollert (Toronto, ON) 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.