Gollert, Abram, Leach allow two earned runs in loss to Jays

 Harley Gollert (Toronto, Ont.), an Ontario Blue Jay, allowed one unearned run in three innings. 

Harley Gollert (Toronto, Ont.), an Ontario Blue Jay, allowed one unearned run in three innings. 

March 30th, 2017

JNT Spring Training: Errors cost juniors in loss to Blue Jays

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Junior National Team committed six errors on defence and failed to generate much offensively as a group of Toronto Blue Jays prospects left the Walter Fuller Complex with a 5-1 win.

Score: Toronto Blue Jays 5 Canada (U-18) 1
Location: Walter Fuller Complex – St. Petersburg, Florida
Weather: 27 degrees Celsius, Sunny

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

Starting Pitcher: LHP Harley Gollert

- A two-out single to centre scored a run for the Blue Jays in the top of the first but it could have been worse for starter Harley Gollert (Toronto, Ont.) and the rest of the Junior National Team. After Gollert hit the first batter of the game, an error by first baseman Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, BC) on a pick off attempt moved the runner to second before a stolen base put him on third. The juniors caught a break when third baseman Dondrae Bremner (Toronto, Ont.) fielded a chopper and threw home to get the runner who was moving on contact. Later, with runners on second and third and one out, Adam Hall (London, Ont.) caught a runner trying to move to third on a ground ball with Bremner applying the tag.

- In the fourth, Cooper Davis (Mississauga, Ont.) drew a one out walk and stole second to put himself in scoring position for Hall who delivered a single to centre to tie the score, 1-1.

- After a scoreless fourth, reliever Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) allowed three consecutive one out hits including back-to-back doubles to left as the Blue Jays took a 3-1 lead.

- The Jays took a 5-1 lead in the seventh as they plated two runs after a pair of throwing errors. Reliever Landon Leach (Pickering, Ont.) allowed a lead off single before hitting the next batter to put runners on first and second. Hall did a nice job getting to a ball deep in the hole at shortstop but his throw to second sailed wide allowing one run to score before Leach’s throw over to first on a pick off attempt went over Stovman’s head at first that brought another run in.

 RHP Big Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) of the Ontario Terriers

RHP Big Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) of the Ontario Terriers

- It wasn’t a squeaky clean outing from starter Harley Gollert but he managed to limit the Jays to one run (unearned) and three hits, while fanning four batters.

- Relievers Abram and Leach each tossed two scoreless innings as part of their three-inning outings. Abram recorded three strikeouts, while Leach had four.

 RHP Landon Leach (Pickering, Ont.) of the Toronto Mets

RHP Landon Leach (Pickering, Ont.) of the Toronto Mets

- Junior National Team alum Owen Spiwak (2012, 2013) made trip from the Blue Jays minor league complex in Dunedin and was the starting catcher. Spiwak was selected by the Blue Jays in the 10th round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of Odessa (TX) College.

Hits: 1, Naylor, Hall, Cerny, Keyes, Brookman, Julien
Runs: 1, Davis
Doubles: 1, Keyes, Julien
RBI: 1, Hall
Stolen Bases: 1, Davis
Strikeouts: 4, Gollert, Leach; 3, Abram

The Junior National Team will travel to Fort Myers tomorrow to take on a prospects squad from the Boston Red Sox organization with the first pitch set for 1pm ET … RHP William Sierra (Montréal, Que.) will start on the mound for Canada … Live tweets can be found on Twitter @Team_C_Updates.

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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.