Brown homers, Pulford-Thorpe and Dutton star on mound as juniors top Stars

 Jaden Brown (Mississauga, Ont.) homered for the Junior National Team on Sunday. Photo Credit: Eddie Michels

Jaden Brown (Mississauga, Ont.) homered for the Junior National Team on Sunday. Photo Credit: Eddie Michels

April 22, 2018

JNT EXTENDED: Brown homers, juniors top Stars

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – Jaden Brown (Mississauga, Ont.) led off the bottom of the seventh with an inside-the-park home run that turned out to be the eventual game-winning run as the Junior National Team went on to defeat the independent Fort Lauderdale Stars, 7-2.

Brown drove a 2-and-0 pitch to centre and circled the bases touching home to put the juniors up by three. The Stars replied with two in the top of the eighth before the juniors salted the win away with four runs in the bottom of the inning.

Starter Keegan Pulford-Thorpe (Pickering, Ont.) worked three scoreless innings allowing just one hit and fanned five, while Declan Dutton (North Vancouver, B.C.) followed with three scoreless innings of his own giving up just a pair of walks with two strikeouts.


-The juniors opened the scoring in the fourth as Jaden Brown drew a leadoff walk and came around to score when Kendall Keller (Pilot Butte, Sask.) followed with a double to right field. Keller then moved to third on a Denzel Clarke (Pickering, Ont.) ground out and scored on a wild pitch.

-Brown’s inside-the-park home run put the juniors up by three in the seventh.

-Theo Millas (Burnaby, B.C.) gave up back-to-back doubles to start the eighth that put the Stars on the scoreboard before a wild pitch and RBI ground out brought them to within one run of the lead.

-The juniors answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning, all-scoring with two out. Damiano Palmegiani (Surrey, B.C.) got things going with a single to centre and Jaden Knight (Langley, B.C.) followed with a walk before TJ Schofield-Sam (Brampton, Ont.) doubled to right to bring in both runners. LaRon Smith (Spruce Grove, Alta.) added an RBI single and scored on a bases loaded walk.


-The juniors outhit the Stars, 6-4, with six different players recording hits including Keller, Schofield-Sam and Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) with doubles.

-Jaden Brown also added a stolen base to his stat line while Nicolas Tremblay (Mont St-Hilaire, Que.) had two.


The Junior National Team will play face a prospects squad from the Houston Astros organization on Monday at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches with the first pitch set for noon ET...RHP Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ont.) is the scheduled starter.

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.