Facing pros no hassle for Hassall in Jrs loss to Braves

Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ont.) of the Great Lakes Canadians fanned six over three scoreless innings in a lopsided loss to Attlanta Braves prospects. Photo: Eddie Michels.

Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ont.) of the Great Lakes Canadians fanned six over three scoreless innings in a lopsided loss to Attlanta Braves prospects. Photo: Eddie Michels.

March 28th, 2017

JNT Spring Training: Braves too much for juniors


By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A solo home run in the top of the second was all of the offence the Atlanta Braves prospects needed but they got plenty more and cruised to a 12-0 win over the Junior National Team as the Spring Training Camp reached the halfway mark.

The juniors managed just two hits on offence and received a solid pitching debut from reliever Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ont.) who fanned six over three scoreless innings.

GAME INFORMATION
Score: Atlanta Braves 12 Canada (U-18) 0
Location: Walter Fuller Complex – St. Petersburg, Fla
Weather: 25 degrees Celsius, Sunny

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

Starting Pitcher: RHP Eric Cerantola

HOW IT HAPPENED
- A home run over the right field wall on the second pitch of the top of the second gave the Braves prospects a 1-0 lead. JNT starter Eric Cerantola (Oakville, Ont.) then gave up a single before a throwing error put runners on the corners that paved the way for back-to-back singles to put the Braves up by three.

- Cerantola struggled with control in the second as he walked the bases loaded before a single to left made it 4-0. He was removed after walking in a run in favour of Will Undershute (Okotoks, Alta.) who gave up a three-run double to the first batter he faced to put the Braves up by eight.

- Undershute kept the Braves off the scoreboard in the fourth but a one out walk in the fifth came all the way around to score on a triple to the gap in left before a sacrifice fly to centre brought in the tenth Braves run of the ballgame.

- Undershute looked to get out of a bases loaded, two-out jam in the sixth but a wild pitch and error on first baseman Jason Willow (Victoria, BC) plated two more Braves runs to increase the lead to 12-0.

JNT HIGHLIGHTS
- Cerantola worked his way out of jam that saw runners on the corners with nobody out after to back-to-back singles in the top of the first. Cerantola managed to get a ground ball to third that went for a fielder’s choice before inducing an inning-ending double play.

- Reliever Undershute tossed 3 1/3 innings and managed to strikeout five Braves batters including three in the sixth inning.

- Hassall worked three scoreless innings and fanned six in his Junior National Team debut. The right-hander allowed two hits and walked one, while leaving runners on the corners to end the top of the ninth.

- The Braves lineup mainly featured players ticketed for extended spring training or the Single A Rome Braves. Not on the travel roster was Junior National Team alum Mike Soroka (2014, 2015) who remained at the teams’ spring training home in Orlando. Soroka won a South Atlantic League championship with Rome in 2016.

TEAM LEADERS
Hits: 1, Hall, Brookman
Stolen Bases: 1, Hall
Strikeouts: 6, Hassall; 5, Undershute; 3, Cerantola

UP NEXT
The Junior National Team will return to the Walter Fuller Complex in St. Petersburg tomorrow to take on a visiting prospects squad from the Philadelphia Phillies organization with the first pitch set for 1pm ET … LHP Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, BC) will start on the mound for Canada …

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.