Dominican Summer loop: Mets outlast jrs, Willow, Stovman two hits each

 Jason Willow (Victoria, B.C.) had two hits for Canada in their 10-6 loss to a team of New York Mets prospects in their Dominican Summer League opener on Friday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Jason Willow (Victoria, B.C.) had two hits for Canada in their 10-6 loss to a team of New York Mets prospects in their Dominican Summer League opener on Friday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

May 19, 2017

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

BOCA CHICA, DR – The Junior National Team smacked out 12 hits but left 10 runners on base as they suffered a 10-6 loss to the New York Mets prospects to open the Dominican Summer League schedule.


Score: DSL Mets 10 Canada (18U) 6
Location: New York Mets Dominican Complex – Boca Chica, DR
Weather: 28 degrees Celsius, partly cloudy

Canada 18U Starting Lineup:

1. Cooper Davis - CF
2. Adam Hall - DH
3. Noah Naylor - C
4. Clayton Keyes - RF
5. Edouard Julien – 2B
6. Jason Willow – SS
7. Dondrae Bremner – EH
8. Michael Stovman – 1B
9. Archer Brookman - EH
10. Lucas Parente - LF
11. Damiano Palmegiani – 3B

Starting Pitcher: RHP William Sierra


-The Mets opened the scoring in the bottom of the second on a three-run homer that left the park in left field. Starter William Sierra (Montréal, Que.) tossed a perfect first inning but issued back-to-back walks in the second before allowing the home run.
-The juniors answered back in the fourth as Clayton Keyes (Calgary, Alta.) walked with one out and moved into scoring position by stealing second before scoring on an Edouard Julien (Québec City, Que.) single to centre.
-Sierra recorded two quick outs in the fourth before allowing back-to-back singles only to see one run score on an error before a successful double steal put the Mets up by four.
-Cooper Davis (Mississauga, Ont.) led off the sixth with a triple to right and scored when Adam Hall (London, Ont.) lined a single to left in what was the first of a two-run inning. Hall then moved to second on a Keyes single before advancing to third on a wild pitch. Hall then scored when Julien grounded out to the Mets’ first baseman.
-Things didn’t start off well for reliever Eric Cerantola (Oakville, Ont.) who took over for Sierra to start the sixth as he allowed four consecutive singles that brought in one run before a bases loaded walk brought in another.
-The juniors didn’t not give up as they pushed across three runs in the seventh with Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, B.C.) driving in a run on a double to left before Rhys Cratty (Langley, B.C.) added an RBI single, while Damiano Palmegiani (Surrey, B.C.) had an RBI ground out.
-The comeback attempt took a hit in the seventh as a two-run double and an RBI single with two out gave the Mets a four-run cushion that they would not relinquish.


-Nine different Junior National Team players recorded hits with Jason Willow (Victoria, B.C.) and Michael Stovman collecting two apiece, including a double with both coming as part of a three-run seventh inning.
-Left fielder Lucas Parente (Burlington, Ont.) made a diving catch in the fifth to help starter William Sierra record his second perfect inning of the contest.
-This is the 17th consecutive year that the Junior National Team program has participated in the Dominican Summer League. The first trip in 2001 featured current Junior National Team coach Shawn Bowman on Team Canada’s roster. The highlight of that trip was a no-hitter tossed by then 17-year-old Adam Loewen against a prospects squad from the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. One year later, Loewen became the highest Canadian-born player to be taken in the MLB Draft as the Baltimore Orioles used the fourth overall selection on the left-hander.


Hits: 2, Willow (2/4), Stovman (2/2); 1, Davis (1/3), Hall (1/4), Keyes (1/2), Julien (1/3), Bremner (1/3), Parente (1/2), Cratty (1/1)
Runs: 1, Davis, Hall, Keyes, Willow, Bremner, Stovman
Doubles: 1, Willow, Stovman
Triples: 1, Davis
RBIs: 2, Julien; 1, Hall, Stovman, Brookman, Palmegiani
Stolen Bases: 1, Willow, Keyes, Bremner, Naylor
Strikeouts: 4, Cerantola; 2, Sierra


The juniors will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am E.T. when they take on the DSL Cubs followed by a 2:30 p.m. game against the DSL Yankees...LHP Wesley Moore (Surrey, B.C.) gets the start in the first game, while RHP Landon Leach (Pickering, Ont.) will start the second...Live updates available by following @Team_C_Updates on Twitter.

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.