Brookman, Stovman, Julien go deep as Canada beats Australia

 Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, B.C.) clanks helmets with Dondrae Bremner (Scarborough, Ont.) as Canada beat Australia 8-2. Photo:Christian J. Stewart.

Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, B.C.) clanks helmets with Dondrae Bremner (Scarborough, Ont.) as Canada beat Australia 8-2. Photo:Christian J. Stewart.

Sept. 5th, 2017

U-18 World Cup: Power surge leads Canada over Australia

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Back-to-back first inning home runs from Archer Brookman (Pointe Claire, Que.) and Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, B.C.) and a three-run blast from Edouard Julien (Québec City, Que.) in the second paved the way for Canada to score an 8-2 win over Australia and pick up a much needed win at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.

Box Score – Canada 8 Australia 2

The win sets up a must-win scenario tomorrow for Canada where a win over winless Nicaragua (5 p.m. E.T.) would put Canada into the Super Round with a 1-1 record that gets underway on Thursday.

“We’re anticipating a scrappy and loose Nicaragua squad so we need to be ready,” said Canadian manager Greg Hamilton. “Hopefully we can come out (tomorrow) and put a few runs on the board early like today to take some of the pressure off.”

Canadian starter Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, B.C.) provided six solid innings of work on the mound allowing just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out three to record the win. A single and double in the fifth led to a sac-fly for the only Australian run off DeCooman.

Reliever Cade Smith (Abbotsford, B.C.) finished the contest going three innings and giving up one run on four hits and a walk along with one strikeout.

“Jack and Cade were huge for us tonight,” explained Hamilton. “We used some pitchers last night that we didn’t necessarily want to use (in a win over Italy) so for Jack and Cade to come out tonight and do what they did gives our pitching options more flexibility moving forward.”

Canada rounded out their scoring in the fifth on a bases loaded walk and an RBI single off the bat of Dondrae Bremner (Toronto, Ont.) to bring in two runs.

The home runs from Brookman, Stovman and Julien were all their second of the tournament giving Canada a total of seven through four games.

“We’re not a team that’s going to knock the fences down but we’ll take it,” added Hamilton. “It’s tournament baseball so you score runs anyway you can. Hopefully that continues for us tomorrow.”

Live scoring for tomorrow’s contest against Nicaragua will be available via the WBSC website.

WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Schedule

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.