Abram, Cerantola, Dearing dazzle in tie with Astros

 Ontario Terriers alum Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) started for the Junior National Team and tossed three scoreless innings in which he didn't allow a hit against a team of Houston Astros prospects on Friday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

Ontario Terriers alum Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) started for the Junior National Team and tossed three scoreless innings in which he didn't allow a hit against a team of Houston Astros prospects on Friday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

April 20, 2018

JNT Extended: Abram, Cerantola, Dearing dazzle in tie with Astros

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – There were a lot of zeroes on the scoreboard at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches today as the Junior National Team and a prospects squad from the Houston Astros organization played to a 0-0 tie.

Those zeroes were thanks in large part to the efforts of Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.), Eric Cerantola (Oakville, Ont.) and Tate Dearing (White Rock, B.C.) who combined to limit Astros’ hitters to just two hits and just nine base runners.

Abram started and worked three hitless innings with his only blemish coming on a hit batter in the first. He struck out four batters and retired seven in a row before a two-out error in the third.

Cerantola entered the game in the fourth and quickly got a line out to centre before a batter reached on a dropped third strike. Cerantola then induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

A lead off single in the fifth was erased when Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) gunned the runner down trying for second before Cerantola got a pop out to second to sit the Astros down. 

The Astros threatened in the sixth as Cerantola walked three but picked up his second strikeout of the game to leave the bags full.

Tate Dearing took over on the mound to start the seventh and quickly managed a pair of ground outs before an error and a walk put runners on the corners. A line out to third ended the inning and started a string of string of six consecutive outs for Dearing that included a pair of strikeouts.

He allowed a two-out single in the ninth put picked the runner off at first base to end the ballgame. 

QUICK HITS

-The juniors had a chance to score in the first as a hit batter and two walks loaded the bases before the Astros got out of it.

-Walks to Dasan Brown (Oakville, Ont.) and Denzel Clarke (Pickering, Ont.) in a between a single off the bat of Jaden Brown (Mississauga, Ont.) loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but a double play ended the threat.

-Noah Naylor and Owen Diodati (Niagara Falls, Ont.) also recorded hits on the afternoon.

UP NEXT

The Junior National Team will play an inter-squad game on Saturday before facing the independent Fort Lauderdale Stars on Sunday at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches with the first pitch scheduled for Noon ET.

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.