April 28th, 2017
Extended Spring Training: Braves outlast juniors
By Adam Morissette
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
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 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.