Bookman, Gollert, Cerantola help Canada edge Aussies

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U-18 World Cup Selection Camp: Canada edges Australia in series opener

Aug. 21st, 2017

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

AJAX, Ont. – Archer Brookman’s (Pointe Claire, Que.) RBI groundout in the bottom of the eighth scored Clayton Keyes (Calgary, AB) from third base to break a 2-2 tie and Canada hung on to defeat Australia, 3-2, to open the seven game series between the two countries.

Both squads are preparing for the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay from Sept. 1-10.

Box Score: Canada 3 Australia 2

The Aussies opened the scoring in the top of the first after Canada starter Harley Gollert (Toronto, Ont.) gave up a lead off single to Jess Williams before a wild pitch brought him in from third with two out. A balk call on Gollert with the bases loaded in the third put Australia up by two after three innings.

Canada was help hitless until the fourth when Jason Willow (Victoria, BC) lined a single to centre before Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) followed with a single to right to put runner on the corners. With Naylor on second after a stolen base, Willow scored on a wild pitch and Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, BC) grounded out to short to bring in the tying run.

Tate Dearing (White Rock, BC) tossed one scoreless inning of relief in the fifth before Eric Cerantola (Oakville, Ont.) came on in the sixth. Cerantola retired the first 10 batters he faced before getting into a one-out jam in the ninth before he fanned the final two batters of the inning to end the game and leave runners on second and third. He gave up just one run and one walk while fanning seven to earn the win.

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The series resumes on Tuesday, Aug. 22nd (7pm ET) and runs though Sunday, August 27th with all games being played at Audley Ballpark (2001 Audley Rd. Ajax, Ont.), the same site that hosted the Pan Am Games in 2015. Admission is free for all games.

Baseball Canada will provide live scoring for all seven games.

Schedule:

Monday             21 Aug           Australia U18 (2)    @     Canada U18 (3)        7PM

Tuesday             22 Aug           Canada U18      @         Australia U18                7PM

Wednesday       23 Aug           Australia U18    @        Canada U18                   7PM

Thursday           24 Aug           Canada U18      @         Australia U18                7PM

Friday                 25 Aug           Australia U18    @        Canada U18                   7PM

Saturday            26 Aug           Canada U18      @         Australia U18                1PM

Sunday              27 Aug           Australia U18    @        Canada U18                    1PM

Useful links:

Canada Selection Camp Roster
Australia U-18 Roster
Selection Camp Schedule
WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Schedule

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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.