Elliott, Naylor, Smith excel for juniors in loss to Nats' prospects

 LaRon Smith (Spruce Grove, Alta.) had two hits for the Canadian Junior National Team in their 7-2 loss to a team of Washington Nationals' prospects on Thursday. Photo Credit: Eddie Michels

LaRon Smith (Spruce Grove, Alta.) had two hits for the Canadian Junior National Team in their 7-2 loss to a team of Washington Nationals' prospects on Thursday. Photo Credit: Eddie Michels

April 26, 2018

JNT EXTENDED: Nationals defeat juniors

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – A prospects squad from the Washington Nationals organization used 14 hits and scored seven runs to hand the Junior National Team a 7-2 loss as the Extended Spring Training Camp continued at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

LaRon Smith (Spruce Grove, Alta.) paced the Junior National Team offence with a 2-for-3 day at the plate, including a double and an RBI.

On the mound, newcomer Evan Elliott (Toronto, Ont.) tossed two scoreless innings allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out one. Zack McQuaid (Oshawa, Onot.) was on the mound for an unearned run and had a strikeout in two innings of work.

SCORING

- Things didn’t start well for Junior National Team pitcher Theo Millas (Burnaby, B.C.) in the top of the first as a lead off triple scored on a single that followed before a sac fly put the Nats up by two after one inning.

- The Nats continued to swing the bats in the top half of the second using three consecutive singles to add a run to their lead before Millas got a ground out to first and a strikeout to prevent any further damage.

- Olivier Morin-Larocque (L’Ancienne-Lorette, Que.) took over for Elliott in the fifth and found himself in a two-on, two-out situation before giving up a double to centre that put the Nats in front, 4-0.

- They would go on to add a pair of runs in the sixth on three hits and an error.

- The juniors got on the scoreboard in the seventh when Jaden Brown (Mississauga, Ont.) lead off with a walk, moved to second on a Dasan Brown (Oakville, Ont.) base hit and scored on an ensuing error.

- Back-to-back doubles from Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) and LaRon Smith in the eighth brought in the second Junior National Team run of the ballgame.

- The Nats rounded out the scoring with a run in the ninth that came in on a sacrifice fly.

QUICK HITS

- Elliot worked his way around a two-out walk in the fourth getting his only strikeout of the game. He received some help in the fifth when catcher Noah Naylor picked a runner off at first for the final out of the inning.

-Six different Junior National Team players had hits as the squad collected seven on the game. 

UP NEXT

The Junior National Team will be back at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches tomorrow and face a prospects squad from the Houston Astros organization at Noon ET...LHP Keegan Pulford-Thorpe (Newmarket, Ont.) is scheduled 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.