Dearing delightful in three scoreless in debut vs. Tigers

 Tate Dearing (White Rock, BC) pitched three scoreless innings, surrendering one hit while striking out four. Photos: Eddie Michels.

Tate Dearing (White Rock, BC) pitched three scoreless innings, surrendering one hit while striking out four. Photos: Eddie Michels.

Extended Spring Training: Tigers scratch-out win over juniors

April 24th, 2017

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

LAKELAND, Fla, – The Junior National Team found itselves on the losing ending of a 6-3 contest against a group of prospects from the Detroit Tigers organization for the second time in three days.

The Tigers built a five run lead after five before the juniors scored two in the ninth to close the gap to three.

Reliever Tate Dearing (White Rock, BC) fired three innings of scoreless ball, surrendering just one hit while striking out four batters.

Score: Detroit Tigers 6 Canada (U-18) 3
Location: Tigers Minor League Complex – Lakeland, Fla.

Canada 18U Starting Lineup:
1. Denzel Clarke – CF
2. Edouard Julien – 2B
3. Adam Hall – 3B
4. Noah Naylor – C
5. Clayton Keyes – RF
6. Michael Stovman – DH
7. Archer Brookman – EH
8. Victor Cerny - EH
9. Dondrae Bremner - SS
10. Lucas Parente - LF
11. Matthew Coutney – 1B

Starting Pitcher: RHP Eric Cerantola

 Edouard Julien (Québec, Que.)

Edouard Julien (Québec, Que.)

- Edouard Julien (Québec, Que.) picked up the first of two hits on the day in the top of the first on a line drive to centre and moved into scoring position on an Adam Hall (London, Ont.) groundout. With two out, Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) drilled a 2-1 pitch into centre that brought Julien in to score and the juniors led, 1-0.

- The Tigers didn’t waste anytime getting the run back as a one out double off starter Eric Cerantola (Oakville, Ont.) would later come around to score on a-fly ball to centre.

- The Tigers pulled in front in the second after back-to-back one out singles and a fielder’s choice put runners on the corners. A successful double steal brought the runner in from third.

- In the fourth, with Conor Angel (Lachine, Que.) on the mound, a walk and single put runners on first and second before Angel came up with a strikeout. After a wild pitch advanced the runners, a fly ball was misplayed by centerfielder Denzel Clarke (Pickering, Ont. ) that allowed two runs to score and put the Tigers up by three.

- The Tigers added to their lead in the fifth as two hit batters and a walk loaded the bases before a single to centre cashed in two.

- In the ninth, Julien led off with a single before Hall reached when a pitch hit him. Julien moved then moved to third on a fielder’s choice before Clayton Keyes (Calgary, Alta.) walked to load the bases for Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, BC) who promptly delivered a single to left that scored two.

- After allowing a leadoff single in the seventh, Tate Dearing retired six batters in a row before an error allowed a runner to reach to open the ninth (the game consisted of nine full innings). Dearing their recorded two of his four strikeouts and fielded a groundout to end the inning.

- Julien was all over the box score as he recorded two hits, scored two runs and stole second base after walking in the sixth.

Hits: 2, Naylor (2/3), Julien (2/3); 1, Stovman (1/4), Cerny (1/3)
Runs: 2, Julien; 1, Naylor
Doubles: 1, Cerny, Naylor
RBI: 2, Stovman; 1, Naylor
Stolen Bases: 1, Julien
Strikeouts: 4, Dearing; 3, Cerantola, Angel

The juniors hit the road again tomorrow, this time to Dunedin and the Bobby Mattick Complex to take on a prospects squad from the Toronto Blue Jays organization for a 1pm ET first pitch.

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.