Canada qualifies for World Cup, loses to Panama, now plays for bronze

 Langley Blaze RHP Theo Millas (Burnaby, B.C.) put up five zeroes before being touched for a pair of runs in the sixth as Panama edged Canada 4-2 which means Canada will play for bronze against the Dominican Republic. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Langley Blaze RHP Theo Millas (Burnaby, B.C.) put up five zeroes before being touched for a pair of runs in the sixth as Panama edged Canada 4-2 which means Canada will play for bronze against the Dominican Republic. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Friday November 30, 2018


U18 World Qualifier: Canada to play for bronze after loss to Panama

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

CHITRÉ, Panama – Some costly mistakes and missed opportunities hurt the Canadian Junior National Team as they fell, 4-2, to host Panama at the COPABE U18 Pan American Championships.

With the win, Panama will meet the United States for the gold medal on Sunday while Canada will play Nicaragua for bronze. The top four finish assures Canada a spot in the 2019 WBSC U18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea.

Panama broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh when reliever Olivier Morin-Larocque (Québec, Que.) unleashed a wild pitch with a runner on third. Larocque had entered the game in the sixth with the bases loaded before a base hit and error by LF Blake Buckle (Milton, Ont.) brought in two runs to erase Canada’s 1-0 lead.

They went on to add an insurance run in the eighth when a ground ball with the infield pulled in was misplayed by second baseman LaRon Smith (Spruce Grove, Alta.) to go up by two.

Canada struggled offensively striking out 16 times and left 12 runners on base including the bases loaded in the first inning and failed to capitalize on a bases loaded, one out situation in the fifth.

Canada’s only runs of the game came when Smith singled and scored on an error in the fourth while Daniel Carinci (Ajax, Ont.) drove in Buckle with a fly ball in the sixth.

Canada starting pitcher Theo Millas (Burnaby, BC) provided five scoreless innings on the mound before getting into trouble in the sixth and being taken out of the game with the bases loaded. Millas allowed just two hits, walked three and struck out four batters.

UP NEXT: Canada will close out Super Round play tomorrow against the Dominican Republic at Rico Cedeño Stadium in Chitré with the first pitch set for 10AM ET.



Panama U18 4, Baseball Canada Junior National Team (18U) 2

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123 456 789 R H E

PNM 000 002 110 -- 4 6 3

JNT 000 101 000 --- 2 7 2


BATTING

Panama U18

AB R H RBI BB SO LOB

Wright (SS 3 0 1 0 1 0 1

Fernandez (… 4 0 1 2 0 0 1

Herrera (DH… 3 0 0 0 1 0 1

Dela Cruz (RF 3 1 2 0 1 0 0

Crisp (C, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 2 5

Gonzalez (1… 3 0 0 0 1 2 5

Quinteno (3… 4 0 0 0 0 1 1

Suarez (2B, P 4 1 1 0 0 0 1

J Gonzale… 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Ortega (CF 3 2 1 0 1 0 0

Totals 30 4 6 2 5 5 4


2018 Canadian Junior National Team (18U)

AB R H RBI BB SO LOB

D Carinci (SS 4 0 1 1 0 2 0

B Naylor (C 3 0 0 0 2 1 2

O Diodati (1B 5 0 1 0 0 2 2

L Smith (2B 3 1 1 0 2 2 0

T Schofield… 4 0 2 0 1 1 2

C Valero (DH 4 0 0 0 1 3 4

B Buckle (LF 4 1 0 0 0 1 2

D Clarke (CF 4 0 1 0 0 3 2

D Brown (RF 3 0 1 0 1 1 2

Totals 34 2 7 1 7 16 12

TB: Dela Cruz 2, Wright, Ortega, Suarez, Fernandez, SAC: Crisp, CS: Dela Cruz, Wright, LOB: 4

TB: O Diodati, L Smith, D Carinci, D Brown, D Clarke, T Schofield-Sam 2, SF: D Carinci, SB: B Naylor, LOB: 12


PITCHING

Panama U18

IP H R ER BB SO HR

Saldana 4.0 2 1 0 4 9 0

Dominguez 1.1 1 1 0 2 1 0

Suarez 3.1 3 0 0 1 6 0

J Gonzalez 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0

Totals 9.0 7 2 0 7 16 0


2018 Canadian Junior National Team (18U)

IP H R ER BB SO HR

T Millas 5.1 2 2 2 3 4 0

O Morin-Lar… 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0

J Griffin 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 0

T Dearing 0.0 1 0 0 1 0 0

A Jean 1.2 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals 9.0 6 4 4 5 5 0


WP: Saldana, P-S: Dominguez 18-10, Saldana 91-54, J Gonzalez 4-4, Suarez 64-41, WP: Saldana, BF: Dominguez 7, Saldana 19, J Gonzalez 2, Suarez 14

LP: O Morin-Larocque, P-S: J Griffin 25-15, T Dearing 9-4, A Jean 21-14, O Morin-Larocque 20-12, T Millas 76-48, WP: O Morin-Larocque 2, T Millas, BF: J Griffin 5, T Dearing 2,

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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.