Hassall, Carinci, Schofield-Sam shine for juniors in tie with Mets

 Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ont.) tossed five shutout innings for the Canadian Junior National Team on Friday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ont.) tossed five shutout innings for the Canadian Junior National Team on Friday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

May 18, 2018

JNT DSL: Mets rally, tie juniors

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

BOCA CHICA, Dominican Republic – A four-run ninth inning saw the Dominican Summer League New York Mets claw their way back to tie the Junior National Team in what eventually went down as a 5-5 tie.


The juniors, looking to win their opener of a 13-game tour of the DSL, saw the Mets use two walks, an error and a pair of two-run doubles to score the four runs to draw even.

Prior to that, the juniors used five scoreless innings from starter Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ont.) and pounded out 13 hits to build a 5-0 lead before the Mets scored their first run of the game in the eighth.


-It didn’t take the Junior National Team long to get going in the top of the first as TJ Schofield-Sam (Brampton, Ont.) doubled to left with one out and moved to third when Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) reached on an error to put runners on the corner. LaRon Smith (Spruce Grove, Alta.) then followed with a hard single to left that plated Schofield-Sam with the first run of the ballgame.

-Daniel Carinci (Ajax, Ont.) dropped a bunt down leading off the top of the fourth and beat the pitcher to the bag for a base hit before Schofield-Sam followed with a single to right to put runners on the corners. Naylor then lifted a fly ball to centre that went for a sac fly and the juniors led by two.

-Just as he did in the fourth, Carinci got things started in the sixth with a leadoff double down the left field line and scored two batters later on a Naylor triple. Smith kept his hot bat going as he picked up his second RBI single of the game with a base hit to centre that made it 4-0.

-Three walks and a wild pitch saw Owen Diodati (Niagara Falls, Ont.) cross home plate to give the juniors a five-run lead in the seventh.

-The Mets broke the shutout in bid in the eighth as a single followed by a pair of wild pitches issued by reliever Keegan Pulford-Thorpe (Newmarket, Ont.) put a runner on third before a base hit to centre brought the runner in.

-In the ninth, Pulford-Thorpe walked the leadoff batter before giving way to Viktor Bergeron (Terrebonne, Que.) who quickly recorded a strikeout before an error and walk loaded the bases. A one-out double to left scored two, before a two-out double; just beyond the reach of left fielder Blake Buckle’s (Milton, Ont.) glove scored the third and fourth runs of the frame.


-Hassall strung together five impressive innings on the mound and got some fine defence in the fifth to cap his five scoreless frames. Heading into his final inning of work, Hassall hadn’t allowed a base runner since a one-out error in the first but walked the first two batters he faced in the fifth before a single loaded the bases. A strikeout, followed by a 4-6-3 double play ended the inning and kept the Mets off the scoreboard.

-The juniors swung the bats in this one recording 13 hits with Carinci and Schofield-Sam collecting three hits apiece out of the leadoff and two-hole spots in the batting order. Ron Smith collected two hits as eight different Junior National Team hitters had hits.


The Junior National Team will play a doubleheader tomorrow beginning with a match-up against the DSL Cubs at 10 a.m. E.T. to be followed by a contest against the DSL Yankees...RHP Eric Cerantola (Oakville, Ont.) will start on the mound against the Cubs while RHP Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) will get the nod against the Yankees.

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.