DSL: Juniors split DH, Abram, Cerny, DeCooman, Gollert impress

Right-hander Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) registered five strikeouts in three innings of relief in the Junior National Team's 6-5 win over the DSL Rays in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Friday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Right-hander Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) registered five strikeouts in three innings of relief in the Junior National Team's 6-5 win over the DSL Rays in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Friday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

May 26, 2017

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

GUERRA, Dominican Republic – The Junior National Team played their fourth doubleheader in nine days and came away with a 6-5 win over the DSL Rays in the front end before playing to a 3-3 draw with the DSL Dodgers in the back end.

The Junior National Team’s record now sits at 5-5-2 with one game remaining on the tour.

GAME ONE INFORMATION

Score: Canada (U-18) 6 DSL Rays 5
Location: Tampa Bay Rays Dominican Academy – Guerra, DR
Weather: 29 degrees Celsius, Partly cloudy

Canada 18U Starting Lineup:

1. Lucas Parente – LF

2. Adam Hall - SS

3. Noah Naylor – 3B

4. Michael Stovman – DH

5. Edouard Julien – 2B

6. Jason Willow – CF

7. Dondrae Bremner – EH

8. Archer Brookman - EH

9. Damiano Palmegiani – 1B

10. Victor Cerny – C

11. Rhys Cratty - RF

Starting Pitcher: LHP Jack DeCooman

HOW IT HAPPENED

-After a scoreless first, the Rays opened the scoring in the second. Starter Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, B.C.) hit the first batter of the inning and the Rays used a sac bunt and ground out to advance the runner to third. With two out, a triple to centre easily scored the runner before a double that ricocheted off the third base bag brought in the other run.

-Victor Cerny (Winnipeg, Man.) came up with a clutch, bases clearing double to right in the fifth to put the Junior National Team in front, 3-2. Edouard Julien (Québec City, Que.) and Jason Willow (Victoria, B.C.) both drew walks to start the frame before advancing a base on a well-executed sacrifice bunt from Dondrae Bremner (Toronto, Ont.). After Archer Brookman (Montréal, Que.) walked to load the bases, but the Rays caught a break with an infield fly before Cerny squared up a 1-1 pitch and drove it over the right fielder’s head.

-Adam Hall (London, Ont.) singled to right with two out in the sixth and moved into scoring position by swiping second base to set the table for Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) who delivered a RBI single to right to put the juniors in front by two.

-The juniors added two runs in the seventh, despite not registering a hit, loading the bases on two walks and a hit by pitch before Brookman walked to score Julien. Damiano Palmegiani (Surrey, B.C.) then lifted a fly ball to deep right field that allowed Willow to easily tag and score from third.

-The Rays scored two runs in the eighth to pull to within two. With two out a single and an error put runners on the corners before a pair of base hits up the middle cashed in two.

-A leadoff single in the ninth - moved to third on a tremendous play from Naylor at third base, who saved extra bases by diving to his right and firing to first baseman Bremner for the out – scored on a sac fly but Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) was able to close the door to preserve the win.

JNT HIGHLIGHTS

-Jack DeCooman gave the juniors a quality starting blanking the Rays for five of his six innings pitched while registering seven strikeouts. He scattered four hits and did not walk a batter.

-Ben Abram got into trouble in the seventh but was able to fight his way out of it. After committing an error and seeing the runner steal second, Abram got a ground out and two strikeouts to leave the runner on third. He registered five strikeouts over three innings of work.

-The Junior National Team managed only four hits with two coming from Victor Cerny, while Rays walked nine.

TEAM LEADERS

Hits: 2, Cerny (2/3); 1, Hall (1/3), Naylor (1/3)
Runs: 2, Julien, Willow; 1, Hall, Brookman
Doubles: 1, Cerny
RBIs: 3, Cerny; 1, Palmegiani, Brookman, Naylor
Stolen Bases: 1, hall, Julien, Naylor
Strikeouts: 7, DeCooman; 5, Abram

GAME TWO INFORMATION

Score: Canada (U-18) 3 DSL Dodgers 3
Location: Campo Las Palmas (Manny Mota Field) – Guerra, DR
Weather: 31 degrees Celsius, A few clouds

Canada 18U Starting Lineup:

1. Denzel Clarke - CF

2. Adam Hall - SS

3. Edouard Julien – DH

4. Noah Naylor – C

5. Jason Willow – 3B

6. Michael Stovman - DH

7. Archer Brookman – 1B

8. Dondrae Bremner – 2B

9. Rhys Cratty - RF

10. Victor Cerny - EH

11. Lucas Parente – RF

Starting Pitcher: LHP Harley Gollert

HOW IT HAPPENED

-A walk to Noah Naylor and a one-out single off the bat of Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, B.C.) that saw a throwing error on the play put runners on second and third before Archer Brookman’s ground out to short gave the Junior National Team a 1-0 lead.

-The Dodgers came right back in the home half of the second and took advantage of a Jason Willow throwing error to put a runner into scoring position. With two out, a single to centre scored the runner to tie the score.

-Adam Hall led off with a triple on a ball that landed in left field and rolled to the wall. With two out and Willow at the plate, a wild pitch allowed Hall to scamper home to give the juniors a 2-1 lead.

-The Dodgers tied the game in the bottom of the inning after a throwing error and stolen base put a runner on third before a double to left plated the run with two out.

-In the seventh, the juniors jumped ahead thanks to back-to-back, two out hits from Edouard Julien and Naylor. Julien doubled to the gap in right on a full count pitch and Naylor followed with a single to right on the very next pitch.

-After taking over from Gollert in the sixth, reliever Tate Dearing (White Rock, B.C.) cruised until one out in the eighth when an error, hit batter and single loaded the bases before a walk brought in the tying run. Dearing got a 5-3 double play to end the inning.

-A leadoff single got the winning run aboard for the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth and moved to second after a hit by pitch. The Dodgers sacrificed to move the runners to second before the juniors responded with an intentional walk to load the bases. Dearing then went to work getting a fly out to shallow centre and a ground out to shortstop Hall to end the game.

JNT HIGHLIGHTS

-Harley Gollert was solid over five innings work that included six strikeouts and just one earned run allowed.

-Campo Las Palmas opened on March 21, 1987 and was the first-of-its kind facility in the Dominican Republic that has since been replicated by all MLB teams.

-Campo Las Palmas recently reopened after a two-year renovation that saw six buildings demolished and rebuilt, adding another field and a half along with upgrades to housing, dining, training and medical facilities.

-With two out in the seventh and Tate Dearing on the mound a single to right turned into the last out of the inning after Rhys Cratty (Langley, B.C.) threw out the greedy base runner trying to stretch a single into a double.

TEAM LEADERS

Hits: 2, Hall (2/3); 1, Julien (1/3), Naylor (1/2), Stovman (1/3), Parente (1/3)
Doubles: 1, Julien
Triples: 1, Hall
Runs: 1, Hall, Julien, Naylor
RBIs: 1, Naylor, Brookman
Strikeouts: 6, Gollert; 2, Dearing

UP NEXT

The juniors will travel to Boca Chica tomorrow to wrap up the DSL tour against the DSL Twins with the first pitch set for 11 am E.T....You can get live updates 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.