JNT Spring Training: Juniors, Jays meet in annual contest

By Adam Morrissette

Baseball Canada

DUNEDIN, Florida - Canadian big leaguer and Junior National Team graduate Russell Martin led a Blue Jays big league contingent that was in the lineup as the Junior National Team played their annual spring training contest against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The juniors hung on through the early part of the game but couldn’t hold the Blue Jays offense in check as they fell, 16-0.

The score aside, it was a thrill for the Canadian high school kids who faced players that they would normally see on TV in Steve Pearce, Darwin Barney, Ezequiel Carrera, while Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was also in the lineup.

“It was something I’ll never forget,” said Junior National Team starting pitcher Wesley Moore. “You see these guys on TV and now to face them is something that will be pretty special looking back.”

Moore held his own on the mound going four innings, three of which were scoreless frames, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks.

“It probably took me until the second inning before I really felt comfortable (on the mound),” added Moore. “I felt better as the game went along and was able to throw my pitches (for strikes).”

The juniors managed five hits including two from Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, BC) and Clayton Keyes (Calgary, AB), who had two doubles, and Cooper Davis (Mississauga, ON) who had a single. Stovman also tossed a scoreless inning of relief with one strikeout.

The Jays lineup also included Canadian Mike Reeves (Peterborough, ON) who represented Canada just two weeks ago in the World Baseball Classic, and Toronto native Conor Panas. Saint John, New Brunswick’s Andrew Case tossed a scoreless ninth inning.

Box Score: Blue Jays 16 JNT 0 Junior

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The Junior National Team will travel to Sarasota tomorrow to take on a prospects squad from the Baltimore Orioles organization with the first pitch set for 11 am ET…RHP Ben Abram (Georgetown, ON) will start on the mound for Canada…Baseball Canada will provide live tweets at @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.