Fall Instructs: Juniors drop fall finale

 Great Lake Canadians right-hander Griffin Hassall didn't allow an earned run in four innings for the Junior National Team in their Fall Instructional League Camp finale against the Atlanta Braves prospects on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Great Lake Canadians right-hander Griffin Hassall didn't allow an earned run in four innings for the Junior National Team in their Fall Instructional League Camp finale against the Atlanta Braves prospects on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida- The Junior National Team ran into some tough pitching coming up with just two hits while falling to the Atlanta Braves professional prospects, 8-0, on Wednesday.

The loss wraps up the annual Fall Instructional League Camp that served as an introduction to the program for 24 of the 32 players on the roster.

Box Score: Braves 8 JNT 0

Starting pitcher Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ont.) didn’t allow an earned run over four innings of work on the mound and struck out three batters before giving way to Theo Millas (Burnaby, B.C.) and Viktor Bergeron (Terrebonne, Que.) in relief.

The Braves got on the scoreboard in the first inning and took advantage of a single, one-out error and walk to cash in a run on a single to centre. Griffin held the Braves’’ bats in check in the second and third before an RBI single put them up by two after four innings.

Millas took over for Hassall in the fifth and sat down the first three hitters he faced on a pair of fly outs and a strikeout before a base hit and two-base error led to a wild pitch that scored the Braves’ third run of the ballgame in the sixth.

The Braves added a pair of runs in the seventh, including a solo home run, before scoring three more in the eighth.

Cesar Valero (Calgary, Alta.) and Ryan Faragher (London, Ont.) accounted for the only two Junior National Team base hits of the game.

The next Junior National Team event on the baseball calendar is the annual Spring Training Camp that will take place from March 15 to 24 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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.