Fall Instructs: Abram dominates to lead juniors to win over Braves

 Ontario Terriers right-hander Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) fired four perfect innings for the Canadian Junior National Team against a squad of Atlanta Braves prospects on Saturday. Photo Credit: Eddie Michels

Ontario Terriers right-hander Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) fired four perfect innings for the Canadian Junior National Team against a squad of Atlanta Braves prospects on Saturday. Photo Credit: Eddie Michels

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida - Some spectacular pitching combined with some timely hitting was the recipe for success as the Junior National Team defeated the Atlanta Braves prospects, 2-1, to pick up their first win of the Fall Instructional League Camp.

Box Score: JNT 2 Braves 1

Starter Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) was exceptional from the get-go as he fired four perfect innings and struck out four to record the win.

The juniors opened the scoring in the top of the second when Cesar Valero (Calgary, Alta.) raced home from third on a passed ball to score the first run of the ballgame. Valero led off the frame with an infield single and moved to second on an error before advancing to third when Nicolas Tremblay (Mont St-Hilaire, Que.) was hit by a pitch.

The juniors added another run in the fifth after Damiano Palmegiani (Surrey, B.C.) led off with a double to centre and scored when Tremblay followed with a double to left field.

Tate Dearing (White Rock, B.C.) took over for Abram in the fifth and worked around a one-out walk, getting a fly out and pop out to keep the Braves off the scoreboard, and in the sixth left runners on first and second with an inning-ending strikeout.

The Braves took advantage of a Dearing walk in the seventh as they used a single to left that allowed the runner to score all the way from first. Catcher Martin Vincelli-Simard (Boisbriand, Que.) then gunned a runner down trying to steal third before Dearing retired the final batter of the inning of his second of two strikeouts on the afternoon.

From there on out, the ball was in the hands of reliever Viktor Bergeron (Terrebonne, Que.) who left two runners on in the eighth before recording a perfect ninth with one strikeout to record the two-inning save.

Offensively, the juniors outhit the Braves 5-2 with five different players recording hits.

UP NEXT: The juniors will play back-to-back Intersquad games on October 8th and 9th before hitting the road to Dunedin for a match-up with the Toronto Blue Jays’ fall instructs squad (1 p.m. E.T.) on October 10th.

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.