Hall, Abram, Julien excel for Canuck Jrs.

 Adam Hall (London, Ont.) of the Great Lake Canadians had a pair of hits against the extended spring Detroit Tigers roster. Photos: Eddie Michels. 

Adam Hall (London, Ont.) of the Great Lake Canadians had a pair of hits against the extended spring Detroit Tigers roster. Photos: Eddie Michels. 

April 22nd, 2017

Extended Spring Training: Tigers double up on juniors

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A four run first inning was too much to overcome for the Junior National Team as they fell to a prospects squad from the Detroit Tigers organization by a score of 6-3.

Reliever Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) tossed four scoreless innings on the mound, while Adam Hall (London, Ont.) paced the offence with a 2-for-4 game at the plate and scored two runs.

Score: Detroit Tigers 6 Canada (U-18) 3
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Canada 18U Starting Lineup:
1. Dondrae Bremner – 1B
2. Adam Hall – SS
3. Noah Naylor – DH
4. Clayton Keyes – CF
5. Edouard Julien – 2B
6. Damiano Palmegiani – LF
7. Rhys Cratty – EH
8. Jason Willow – 3B
9. Victor Cerny - C
10. Archer Brookman - EH
11. Denzel Clarke – RF

Starting Pitcher: LHP Harley Gollert

- Starter Harley Gollert (Toronto, ON) was on the verge of working out of a bases loaded jam in the first but a two out double scored two runs before two hit batters and a single produced another two runs.

- The juniors got on the scoreboard in the fourth and it was Edouard Julien (Québec, Que.) who came through with a fly ball to right that allowed Adam Hall to tag and score from third base. Hall had singled to short with one out and moved to third after Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) singled to centre, and Clayton Keyes (Calgary, AB) walked.

- Hall started things again in the home half of the seventh with a lead off single to left and moved to second when Naylor walked. A fielder’s choice from Keyes put runners on the corners before an error on an Julien groundball to third allowed Hall to cross home plate. Later, with Keyes on third base, a wild pitch ensued that brought the juniors to within one.

- The Tigers plated a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth, both coming with two out, when a two-out walk issued by Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, BC) scored on a triple to right field before a single to centre brought in the second run of the inning.

- After the first inning, starter Harley Gollert settled in for the second and third innings facing just seven batters between the two scoreless frames. He finished his three-inning outing with three strikeouts.

- Abram provided four innings of scoreless relief leaving a pair of two-out singles on base in the fourth before getting a lineout, caught stealing a strikeout in the sixth after allowing back-to-back singles to start the frame.

Hits: 2, Hall (2/4); 1, Naylor (1/3), Keyes (1/3), Brookman (1/3)
Runs: 2, Hall; 1, Keyes
RBI: 2, Julien
Stolen Bases: 1, Bremner, Clarke, Parente
Strikeouts: 3, Gollert; 2, Abram; 1, Stovman

The juniors return to action ESPN Wide World of Sports for the second of two scheduled Intersquad games on the trip … Will Undershute (Okotoks, Alta.) and Griffin Hassall (London, Ont.) are expected to start for their respective squads … The juniors will hit the road on Monday and travel to Lakeland to take on the Tigers at their minor league complex for a Noon ET first pitch … Eric Cerantola (Oakville, Ont.) is the scheduled starter.

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.