JNT spring: Brown homers, Schofield-Sam drives in two in loss to Jays

Ontario Blue Jays outfielder Dasan Brown (Oakville, Ont.) homered and went 3-for-4 for the Junior National Team in their annual exhibition game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Amanda Fewer

Ontario Blue Jays outfielder Dasan Brown (Oakville, Ont.) homered and went 3-for-4 for the Junior National Team in their annual exhibition game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Amanda Fewer

March 23, 2019

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

DUNEDIN, FL--- Dasan Brown (Oakville, Ont.) drilled a home run in the sixth inning, TJ Schofield-Sam (Brampton, Ont.) drove in two runs in the third inning to highlight the Junior National Team’s annual trip to Dunedin to face Canada’s only big league baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays.

The juniors fell, 8-3, but the score didn’t matter as a group of Canadian high school players had the thrill of a lifetime facing big leaguers Billy McKinney, Richard Ureña, Danny Jansen, Rowdy Tellez and Danny Barnes, while Canadians Demi Orimoloye (Orleans, Ont.), Brayden Bouchey (Vancouver, B.C.), Tanner Kirwer (Sherwood Park, Alta.) and Will McAffer (North Vancouver, B.C.) also suited up for the Jays.

“It was an amazing day, something I’ll never forget,” said Brown. “It’s always exciting to hit a home run but to do it today, in this atmosphere is really amazing.”

Theo Millas (Burnaby, B.C.) started on the mound for Canada and gave up three runs over three innings of work on four hits and walk.

“I was really nervous before the game but once I settled down (in the first) I was able to pit my game,” he said. “It was a lot of fun being out there today.”

The juniors matched the Blue Jays with seven hits on the afternoon including three off the bat of Brown, a double from Schofield-Sam while Noel McGarry-Doyle (Maple, Ont.), Ryan Leitch (Whitby, Ont.) and Eric Martin (Kitchener, Ont.) had singles.

Canadian Junior National Team 3

Toronto Blue Jays 8

123 456 789 R H E

CJNT 002 001 000 -- 3 7 3

TOR 003 302 00X -- 8 7 0

Junior National Team

AB R H RBI BB SO LOB

D Brown 4 2 3 1 0 0 0

T Schofield-Sam 4 0 1 2 0 2 1

C Valero 2 0 0 0 1 1 2

O Diodati 3 0 0 0 0 0 1

R Leitch 3 0 1 0 0 1 0

N Hull 3 0 0 0 0 2 0

N McGarry-Doyle 3 0 1 0 0 2 1

A Gomm 2 0 0 0 0 0 1

A Makarus 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

R Pelletier 3 0 0 0 0 1 0

J Brown 1 0 0 0 2 0 0

E Martin 2 1 1 0 0 1 1

N Tremblay 1 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals 32 3 7 3 3 11 5

2B: T Schofield-Sam, HR: D Brown, TB: N McGarryDoyle, E Martin, T Schofield-Sam 2, R Leitch, D Brown 6, CS: J Brown, R Leitch, LOB: 5

Toronto Blue Jays AB R H RBI BB SO LOB

B McKinney 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

R Pruitt 2 2 0 0 2 0 1

R Urena 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

B Bichette 1 1 1 1 1 0 0

N Podkul 2 0 0 0 0 1 1

D Jansen 1 0 1 0 0 0 0

A Kirk 2 1 1 2 1 0 1

B Wright 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

R Telez 1 0 0 0 0 0 2

K Clemens 1 0 1 2 2 0 0

D Neal 3 0 0 0 0 0 1

H Danner 1 0 1 1 0 0 0

C Biggio 2 0 0 0 0 1 0

R Lantigua 2 0 0 0 0 0 2

J Groshans 4 0 1 0 0 0 0

D Orimoloye 2 2 0 0 1 0 1

N Obeso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

T Kirwer 3 2 1 1 1 0 0

H Steinme 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals 30 8 7 7 8 2 5

2B: B Bichette, A Kirk, T Kirwer, TB: B Bichette 2, J Groshans, A Kirk 2, D Jansen, H Danner, T Kirwer 2, K Clemens, CS: J Groshans, HBP: D Orimoloye, SB: D Orimoloye, B Bichette, T Kirwer, R Pruitt, LOB: 5.

Pithching

Canadian Junior National Team

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR

T Millas 3.0 4 3 3 1 0 0

K Pulford-Thorpe 0.2 1 3 3 5 1 0

A Jean 3.0 2 2 2 2 0 0

G Pringle 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals 7.2 7 8 8 8 2 0

P-S: K Pulford-Thorpe 36-12, A Jean 55-30, T Millas 42-24, G Pringle 11-6, WP: K Pulford-Thorpe, HBP: K Pulford-Thorpe, BF: K Pulford-Thorpe 8, A Jean 14, T Millas 14, G Pringle 3.

Blue Jays

IP H R ER BB SO HR

D Barnes 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0

A Sopko 4.0 5 2 2 0 6 0

J Murray 3.2 1 1 1 2 3 1

J Hiatt 0.1 1 0 0 0 1 0

Totals 9.0 7 3 3 3 11 1

P-S: A Sopko 55-37, D Barnes 19-13, J Murray 58-35, J Hiatt 6-5, BF: A Sopko 16, D Barnes 4, J Murray 13, J Hiatt 2.