Abram, Carinci lead juniors to win in Dominican tour finale

 Right-hander Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) allowed just two earned runs and struck out eight in six innings to help the Canadian Junior National Team to a 5-4 win over a DSL Pittsburgh Pirates team in their Dominican tour finale. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Right-hander Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) allowed just two earned runs and struck out eight in six innings to help the Canadian Junior National Team to a 5-4 win over a DSL Pittsburgh Pirates team in their Dominican tour finale. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

May 26, 2008

JNT DSL: Juniors end Dominican tour on a high

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

EL TORO, Dominican Republic – Daniel Carinci (Ajax, Ont.) went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs to lead the Junior National Team to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Dominican prospects in the final contest of the Dominican Summer League tour.

Down 2-0 in the third, Carinci ripped a triple to left field that brought in Denzel Clarke (Pickering, Ont.) and Nicolas Tremblay (Mont St-Hilaire, Que.) before singling home Clarke as part of a two-run fifth.

The juniors also received a pair of impressive performances on the mound including starter Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) who went six innings and fanned eight while allowing just two earned runs. Abram struck out all three batters he faced in the second inning and retired six in a row to finish his outing.

Viktor Bergeron (Terrebonne, Que.) took over on the mound for Abram in the seventh and was greeted by a solo home run on the first pitch he threw but settled in after that facing just 11 batters the rest of the way and striking out three of them.

The Junior National Team program will now focus its efforts on November’s 18U Pan American Championships that will take place in Panama City, Panama. The event will serve as a qualifier for the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 Baseball World Cup with the top four finishers in Panama City earning berths.

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.