Jrs. lose by run to Braves, despite efforts of Bremner, Dearing, Undershute

 Dondrae Bremner (Toronto, Ont.) knocked in a pair of runs.

Dondrae Bremner (Toronto, Ont.) knocked in a pair of runs.

April 28th, 2017

Extended Spring Training: Braves outlast juniors

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canadaa

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida – Three consecutive one-out singles in the top of the seventh broke a 4-4 tie as the Atlanta Braves earned a 5-4 win over the Junior National Team as the extended spring training camp continued.

Score: Atlanta Braves 5 Canada (U-18) 4
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports – Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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

Starting Pitcher: LHP Jaden Griffin

- Starter Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, NS) was putting the finishing touches on his third scoreless inning before the Braves struck for three, two-out runs to open the scoring. A single and walk both scored on a triple to right field before a double to left brought in the third run of the inning.

- The juniors clawed their way back into the game in the fifth with two runs courtesy of a Clayton Keyes (Calgary, Alta.) RBI single before Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, BC) cashed in Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) from third on a sac fly to left. Adam Hall (London, Ont.) was hit by a pitch to reach as the first batter of the inning and stole second before Naylor walked.

- Will Undershute (Okotoks, Alt.) took over for Griffin in the fourth and cruised until the sixth when he allowed a leadoff triple to centre. After getting two consecutive strikeouts, a single to right brought in the runner from third to give the Braves a two run lead.

- The juniors fought back to tie the score with two runs in the sixth. Rhys Cratty (Langley, BC) led off with a walk before Matthew Coutney (Wetaskiwin, Alta.) singled to left to put runners on first and second. After a strikeout, Denzel Clarke (Pickering, Ont.) walked to load the bases to set the table for Dondrae Bremner (Toronto, Ont.) who drove the first pitch he saw into centre for a two-run single.

- In the seventh, with one out and Austin Brown (Powell River, BC) on the mound, three consecutive singles brought in the go ahead run.

- The Junior National Team continued to get strong pitching with Griffin and Undershute tossing scoreless innings in two of their three frames on the mound, while reliever Tate Dearing (White Rock, BC) allowed just one walk and struck out one over two innings of work.

Hits: 1, Bremner (1/3), Keyes (1/3), Stovman (1/2), Coutney (1/2)
Runs: 1, Hall, Naylor, Cratty, Coutney
RBI: 2, Bremner; 1, Keyes, Stovman
Stolen Bases: 2, Hall; 1, Naylor
Strikeouts: 5, Undershute; 3,2, Griffin, Brown; 1, Dearing

The Junior National Team will wrap up the Extended Spring Training Camp tomorrow with a 10am ET contest against the Atlanta Braves with RHP Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, ON) expected to start on the mound.

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.