Hassall, Griffin, Bergeron, Sparks shine on mound in loss to Nationals

 Right-hander Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ont.) got the start for the Canadian Junior National Team on Thursday and allowed just one earned run in three innings to a team of Washington Nationals prospects. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Right-hander Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ont.) got the start for the Canadian Junior National Team on Thursday and allowed just one earned run in three innings to a team of Washington Nationals prospects. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

April 19, 2018

JNT EXTENDED: Pitching shines in loss to Nationals

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – The Junior National Team opened the annual extended spring training camp today at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches today taking on a prospects squad from the Washington Nationals organization.

The planned 11-inning contest saw the Nationals keep the juniors off the scoreboard to come away with a 3-0 win.

Pitching was the story of the game for the Junior National Team as they sent four hurlers to the mound and each leaving the mound with a strong effort.

Starter Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ont.) tossed three innings and allowed just one earned run to his professional counterparts while reliever Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, N.S.) had the same fate. Victor Bergeron (Terrebonne, Que.) delivered three scoreless innings and Connor Sparks (Saskatoon, Sask.) finished with two.

SCORING

-After a scoreless first inning, the Nationals opened the scoring in the home half of the second inning, plating a run on a two-out single to right field.

-A one-out error in the third followed by a fly out to right that saw the runner tag and move to second set the stage for a single to right that plated another Nationals run. 

-The Nats strung together three consecutive base hits to start the home half of the fourth and used a sac fly to left to go up by three. Jaden Griffin managed to get two additional fly outs to limit the damage.

QUICK HITS

-In the fourth, a double from Nicolas Tremblay (Mont St-Hilaire, Que.) and a single off the bat of Denzel Clarke (Pickering, Ont.) put runners on the corners before Tremblay was tagged out at home on a double steal. 

-Cesar Valero (Calgary, Alta.) had a pair of hits on the afternoon while newcomer Owen Diodati (Niagara Falls, Ont.) and TJ Schofield-Sam (Brampton, Ont.) each collected singles. 

UP NEXT

The Junior National Team will be back in action on Friday taking on a Houston Astros prospects squad at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches with the first pitch set to fly at Noon E.T…RHP Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) is the scheduled starter for the Junior National Team.

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.