Fall Instructs: Juniors fall to Blue Jays

 Toronto Mets outfielder Denzel Clarke (Pickering, Ont.) recorded an RBI single for the Canadian Junior National Team on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Eddie Michels

Toronto Mets outfielder Denzel Clarke (Pickering, Ont.) recorded an RBI single for the Canadian Junior National Team on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Eddie Michels

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida - The Fall Instructional League provides opportunity for instruction and important lessons as athletes are challenged facing competition they will face at the next levels of the game.

Today’s match-up was chock-full of lessons after a 19-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays prospects squad.

Box Score: Blue Jays 19 JNT 1

The Jays came out swinging and used five first-inning singles off starter Declan Dutton (Vancouver, B.C.) to jump out to a 4-0 lead before the juniors had a chance to bat.

Dutton had one strikeout in a scoreless second before the Jays added three runs in the third to jump in front by seven. A hit-by-pitch and two walks loaded the bases before a fielder’s choice, single and RBI ground out brought in the runs.

Cameron Thickson (Winnipeg, Man.) took over for Dutton to start the fourth and walked two of the first three batters he faced, in between a pair singles that brought in one run before a two-run error put the Jays up by ten.

Thickson got into trouble walking three batters in the fifth with the Jays scoring one run before he came back with a scoreless sixth to conclude his three-inning outing.

Reliever Zack McQuaid (Oshawa, Ont.) entered the game in the seventh and retired the first batter he faced before an error and back-to-back singles loaded the bases while a ground out made it 12-0.

McQuaid gave up leadoff singles in both the eighth and ninth frames and each time erased the runners with a double play. However, the Jays continued to come and scored three runs in each of the frames to add to their insurmountable lead.

Offensively, the juniors recorded just three hits including a Denzel Clarke (Pickering, Ont.) RBI single in the seventh.

UP NEXT: The juniors will be back at ESPN Wide World of Sports tomorrow for a 1 p.m. E.T. contest against a visiting prospects squad from the Pittsburgh Pirates organization…RHP Connor Sparks (Saskatoon, Sask.), LHP Keegan Pulford-Thorpe (Newmarket, Ont.), and RHP Olivier Morin-Larocque (Québec City, Que) 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.