Canada falls to Dominican Republic to close out Super Round

 Mississauga, Ont., native Bo Naylor, of the Ontario Blue Jays, is congratulated by Junior National Team coach Hyung Cho after a single in the first inning on Saturday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Mississauga, Ont., native Bo Naylor, of the Ontario Blue Jays, is congratulated by Junior National Team coach Hyung Cho after a single in the first inning on Saturday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

December 1, 2018

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

CHITRÉ, Panama – The Canadian Junior National Team can now focus on winning a bronze medal at the COPABE U18 Pan Am Championships after dropping their final game of the Super Round to the Dominican Republic by a score of 8-2.

BOX SCORE: Dominican Republic 8, Canada 2

Canada opened the scoring when Denzel Clarke (Pickering, Ont.) drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the first but the Dominican Republic were quick to answer in the second with a pair of runs to take a lead that they would not give up.

With two out in the fifth, a fielding error by first baseman Owen Diodati (Niagara Falls, Ont.) put a runner on second before a base hit to left scored him. A walk put runners on the corners and spelled the end for starting pitcher Tate Dearing (White Rock, B.C.) before another error plated two more runs to give the Dominican Republic a 5-1 lead.

Dearing did not allow an earned run over four and two-thirds innings of work where he allowed five hits and three walks while striking out two batters.

Canada’s offence was limited to just three hits, a Bo Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) single in the first, a Dasan Brown (Oakville, Ont.) single in the eighth and a Denzel Clarke double in the ninth but had chances to score via 12 walks issued by Dominican Republic pitching. Canada left 16 runners on base including the bases loaded on three occasions.

The Dominican Republic added three runs in the seventh coming on three hits and walk off reliever Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, N.S.) to give them a commanding lead.

UP NEXT: Canada will face Nicaragua on Sunday for the bronze medal at Rico Cedeño Stadium in Chitré with the first pitch set for 10 a.m. E.T...RHP Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) is expected to get the start on the mound.

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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.