Nicholson, DeCooman, Smith fan 14 Phillies in loss

 Garrett Nicholson (Sydney Mines, NS) struck out seven in three innings. 

Garrett Nicholson (Sydney Mines, NS) struck out seven in three innings. 

March 29th, 2017

JNT Spring Training: Pitchers strikeout 14 in loss to Phillies

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A five run first inning was too much for the Junior National Team to overcome as a group of prospects from the Philadelphia Phillies organization scored a 13-4 win at the Walter Fuller Complex.

Pitchers Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, BC), Garrett Nicholson (Sydney Mines, NS) and Cade Smith (Abbotsford, BC) combined to strikeout 14 Phillies batters.

Score: Philadelphia Phillies 13 Canada (U-18) 4
Location: Walter Fuller Complex – St. Petersburg, Fla
Weather: 27 degrees Celsius, Sunny

Canada 18U Starting Lineup:
1. Cooper Davis - CF
2. Adam Hall – SS
3. Noah Naylor - DH
4. Clayton Keyes - RF
5. Edouard Julien – 2B
6. Jason Willow – 3B
7. Dondrae Bremner – DH
8. Archer Brookman – EH
9. Damiano Palmegiani – 1B
10. Victor Cerny - C
11. Rhys Cratty - LF

Starting Pitcher: LHP Jack DeCooman

- The Phillies jumped on starter Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, BC) in the top of the first as the first five hitters recorded hits including a three-run homer to left off the bat of cleanup hitter, Brett Pickett.

- A walk and base hit with one out in the top of the fourth came around to score after a pair of Junior National Team outfielders with reliever Garrett Nicholson (Sydney Mines, NS) on the mound. A fly ball to right brought in the third Phillies run of the frame and they increased their lead to 8-0.

- The juniors got on the scoreboard with three runs in the bottom of the fifth starting when Rhys Cratty (Langley, BC) doubled to the gap in left to score Archer Brookman (Montréal, QC). Cooper Davis (Mississauga, Ontt.) reached on a fielder’s choice that brought in Victor Cerny (Winnipeg, MB) before Adam Hall (London, Ont.) lifted a sac-fly to left to score Cratty.

- Walks to two of the first three batters faced by Nicholson put runners on first and second in the sixth before a two out RBI single to right to put the Phillies in front by six.

- The Phillies added four runs in the eighth on five hits and walk to go up 13-3. A lead off triple that got over Davis’ head in centre scored immediately after a base-hit with a drawn in infield. Three singles and walk ensued leading to the other three runs scoring.

- Edouard Julien (Québec, Que.) led off the bottom of the ninth with a double and scored from third on Brookman’s two-out double down the left field line.

- After a rough first inning that saw the Phillies score five runs, starter DeCooman settled in for the second and third frames facing the minimum six batters that included three of his five strikeouts on the afternoon.

- Reliever Nicholson faced a similar fate to DeCooman as he was on the mound for three runs in the fourth before settling in for a scoreless fifth. He ended his three-inning outing with seven strikeouts.

- Davis reached in all four of his plate appearances as part of a 2-for-3 day at the plate.

- Longtime National Team Manager Ernie Whitt and former Olympian Rob Ducey (Cambridge, Ont.), both members of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, made the trip over from the Phillies spring training complex in Clearwater. Whitt is the Phillies’ roving catching instructor, while Ducey is the hitting coach for the Clearwater Threshers of the Florida State League.

- Also part of the Phillies’ travelling party was Ben Pelletier (Varennes, Qué.) Pelletier signed with the Phils after Canadian scout Alex Agostino (Montréal, Que.) selected him in the 34th round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

Hits: 2, Cratty, Davis; 1, Naylor, Willow, Palmegiani, Julien, Brookman
Runs: 1, Brookman, Cerny, Cratty, Julien
Doubles: 1, Willow, Cratty, Julien, Brookman
RBI: 1, Cratty, Hall, Brookman
Stolen Bases: 2, Davis
Strikeouts: 7, Nicholson; 5, DeCooman; 2, Smith

The Junior National Team will return to the Walter Fuller Complex in St. Petersburg tomorrow to take on a visiting prospects squad from the Toronto Blue Jays organization with the first pitch set for 1pm ET … LHP Harley Gollert (Toronto, Ont.) will start on the mound for Canada … Listen live to all of the action on!

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.