Fall Instructs: Abram, Schofield-Sam impress in JNT's loss to Braves

 Ontario Terriers right-hander Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) pitched three scoreless innings for the Canadian Junior National Team on Monday. Photo Credit: Eddie Michels

Ontario Terriers right-hander Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) pitched three scoreless innings for the Canadian Junior National Team on Monday. Photo Credit: Eddie Michels

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida - Amid 24 new faces after the conclusion of the World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 Baseball World Cup last month in Thunder Bay, the Junior National Team program opened the annual Fall Instructional League camp on Monday with a 5-0 loss to a group of professional prospects from the Atlanta Braves organization at ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Box Score: Braves 5 JNT 0

The juniors pitched well but were stymied offensively as the Braves scored three runs in the fifth and added two more in the seventh to escape with a 5-0 win.

Starter Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) gave up just one hit over three innings on the mound to go along with one walk and two strikeouts. After a single in the first, Abram induced a pair of ground balls to get out of the inning before getting a double play after a leadoff walk in the third.

Reliever Caden Griffin (Ottawa, Ont.) took over for Abram to start the fourth and allowed a leadoff double before getting a strikeout and two fly outs to strand the runner.

The Braves took advantage of a lead-off, two-base error to start the fifth before two singles and walk and another single plated three runs to open the scoring. Griffin worked his way out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth to keep the Braves off the scoreboard and end his three-inning outing.

The Braves added a pair of insurance markers off reliever Tate Dearing (White Rock, B.C.) in the seventh, both coming on RBI singles. Dearing went the rest of the way and registered five strikeouts over three innings of work.

Offensively, TJ Schofield-Sam (Brampton, Ont.) enjoyed a 2-for-3 day at the plate while Cesar Valero (Calgary, Alta.) had a double in the second inning. Ryan Magdic (Beamsville, Ont.), Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) and Daniel Carinci (Ajax, Ont.) also had hits in the loss.

UP NEXT: The juniors will receive a visit from the Toronto Blue Jays Fall Instructional League squad at ESPN Wide World of Sports tomorrow for a 1 p.m. E.T. contest…RHP Declan Dutton (Vancouver, B.C.), Cameron Thickson (Winnipeg, Man.) and RHP Zack McQuaid (Oshawa, Ont.) are all slated to pitch.

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.