DeCooman, Sierra, Leach impress facing Jays extended

 William Sierra (Montréal, Que.) pitched three scoreless innings in a 3-3 tie against Toronto Blue Jays prospects at extended spring. Photos: Eddie Michels. 

William Sierra (Montréal, Que.) pitched three scoreless innings in a 3-3 tie against Toronto Blue Jays prospects at extended spring. Photos: Eddie Michels. 


April 25th, 2017

Extended Spring Training: Juniors, Jays play to draw

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

DUNEDIN, Florida – Two Toronto Blue Jays runs scored in the bottom of the eighth as they pulled even with the Junior National Team at 3-3 in a game that would end in a tie.

Pitching was the story in this one as both teams combined for just nine hits.

Score: Toronto Blue Jays 3 Canada (U-18) 3

Location: Bobby Mattick Complex – Dunedin, Florida

Canada 18U Starting Lineup:
1. Denzel Clarke – RF
2. Edouard Julien – 2B
3. Adam Hall – SS
4. Noah Naylor – C
5. Clayton Keyes – CF
6. Archer Brookman – C
7. Michael Stovman – 1B
8. Rhys Cratty - LF
9. Dondrae Bremner - SS
10. Jason Willow – 3B
11. Damiano Palmegiani - EH

Starting Pitcher: LHP Jack DeCooman

- After a scoreless first, a one-out homer that cleared the wall in left field gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second.

- Damiano Palmegiani (Surrey, BC) led off the fourth with a single to right and came around to score three batters later when Adam Hall (London, Ont.) lined a single to centre.

- The juniors took the lead in the fifth plating a pair of runs on back-to-back sacrifice flies off the bats of Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, BC) and Rhys Cratty (Langley, BC). Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) had led off the frame with a single to centre before Clayton Keyes (Calgary, Alta.) and Archer Brookman (Montréal, Que.) both drew walks to load the bases with nobody out.

- The Jays tied the score in the eighth taking advantage of a bases loaded situation after a pair of walks and a single.

 Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, BC)

Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, BC)

- Pitching was the name of the game on both sides as the Jays limited the juniors to just four hits, while Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, BC) along with relievers William Sierra (Montréal, Que.) and Landon Leach (Pickering, Ont.) kept the Jays hitters to just five hits.

- The home run was starter DeCooman’s only blemish on the mound as he had a game-high five strikeouts during his three-inning outing.

- Reliever William Sierra turned in three scoreless innings on the mound giving up just one hit and one walk, while recording a strikeout.

 Landon Leach (Pickering, Ont.)

Landon Leach (Pickering, Ont.)

- Leach was on the hill for both runs in the eighth although just one of them was earned. He gave up one hit and walked three, while fanning two batters.

Hits: 2, Hall (2/3); 1, Naylor (1/3), Palmegiani (1/3)
Runs: 1, Naylor, Keyes, Palmegiani
RBI: 1, Hall, Stovman, Cratty
Stolen Bases: 1, Brookman, Keyes
Strikeouts: 5, DeCooman; 2, Leach; 1, Sierra

The juniors will return to Lake Buena Vista tomorrow and ESPN Wide World of Sports for a 1pm ET contest against a prospects squad from the Detroit Tigers organization … LHP Wesley Moore (Surrey, BC) is expected to start on the mound.

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.