Extended spring finale: Clarke, Julien, Naylor sparkle

Edouard Julien (Québec, Que.) singled in the Canadian Junior National Team's final game of their tour of extended spring camps. Photos: Eddie Michels.

April 29, 2017

Extended Spring Training: Juniors drop extended finale

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida – A four run sixth inning highlighted by a two-run triple proved to be the difference as the Junior National Team dropped a 7-2 decision to an Atlanta Braves prospects squad to conclude the extended spring training camp.

Score: Atlanta Braves 7 Canada (U-18) 2
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports – Lake Buena Vista, Fla

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. Michael Stovman – DH
7. Dondrae Bremner – 3B
8. Lucas Parente – LF
9. Archer Brookman - EH
10. Damiano Palmegiani – 1B

Starting Pitcher: RHP Griffin Hassall

- Singles from Adam Hall (London, Ont.) and Clayton Keyes (Calgary, Alta.) put runners on first and second with two out in the fourth before Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, BC) lined a 2-1 offering into left field for an RBI single to put the juniors on top, 1-0.

- After three scoreless innings to start the game for Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ont.), the Braves got to him in the fourth with a run scoring on an RBI groundout before a single to right scored a Braves runner from second base.

 Denzel Clarke (Pickering, Ont.) had a pair of hits.

Denzel Clarke (Pickering, Ont.) had a pair of hits.

- A two-out single to right off the bat of Edouard Julien (Québec, Que.) allowed Lucas Parente (Burlington, Ont.) to trot home from third and even things up in the top of the fifth. Parente had led off the inning with a single and ended up on third after a groundout and a single to right from Denzel Clarke (Pickering, Ont.).

- The Braves pulled ahead for good in the sixth plating four unearned runs with two out and reliever Conor Angel (Lachine, Que.) on the mound. Angel retired the first two batters he faced before a walk, single and error brought one run in. A two-run triple followed before the second error of the inning led to another Braves’ run.

- The Braves added another run in the seventh as reliever Eric Cerantola (Oakville, Ont.) issued three walks before a sac fly to right brought in the runner from third base.

- Eight players in the Junior National Team lineup recorded at least one hit as the squad accounted for 10 on the afternoon.

- Starter Hassall retired the first eight batters he faced before issuing a walk in the third. The runner was immediately nullified when catcher Naylor gunned him down trying to steal second on the first pitch Hassall threw.

Hits: 2, Clarke (2/4), Naylor (2/3); 1, Julien (1/4), Hall (1/3), Keyes (1/4), Stovman (1/4), Parente (1/2), Palmegiani (1/3)
Runs: 1, Hall, Parente
RBI: 1, Julien, Stovman
Stolen Bases: 1, Parente
Strikeouts: 4, Cerantola; 3, Hassall; 1, Angel

The next event on the Junior National Team calendar is the annual Dominican Summer League Camp schedule for May 19-27 … The camp is the final event prior to the Final Selection Camp in August where 20 athletes will be chosen to represent Canada at the WBSC U-18 World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ont. on September 1-10.

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.