Pulford-Thorpe, Dutton, Hassall shine for juniors in loss to Astros' prospects

 Toronto Mets pitcher Keegan Pulford-Thorpe (Newmarket, Ont.) started and tossed three scoreless innings for the Canadian Junior National Team on Friday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Toronto Mets pitcher Keegan Pulford-Thorpe (Newmarket, Ont.) started and tossed three scoreless innings for the Canadian Junior National Team on Friday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

April 27, 2018

JNT EXTENDED: Juniors blanked by Astros

By Adam Morissette

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – The scoreboard read 5-0 for the Houston Astros prospects but this game was a lot closer than it appeared with all of the scoring coming in one inning.

The Astros broke a scoreless tie with a five-run sixth and held the Junior National Team off the scoreboard to earn a shutout victory.

Unfortunately for Junior National Team reliever Carter Morris (Kelowna, B.C.), all of the runs were charged to his stat line as the Astros took advantage of three walks and used four hits to score the five runs.

SCORING

- With one down in the sixth, a double and walk put two runners on for the Astros who used a single to right to bring in the first run of the ballgame. An ensuing walk and single made it 2-0 before a fielder’s choice put the Astros in front by three. With two out, a two-run single to left capped the scoring and gave the Astros a commanding five-run lead.

QUICK HITS

- A pair of bright spots in the Junior National Team offence was Cesar Valero (Calgary, Alta.) and Jayden Knight (Langley, B.C.) who each collected two hits on the afternoon. Valero doubled and singled while Knight collected two singles. Kendall Keller (Pilot Butte, Sask.) also had a hit.

-Starter Keegan Pulford-Thorpe (Newmarket, Ont.) turned in a nice performance on the mound surrendering just one hit and a walk while fanning a pair over three innings.

-Pulford-Thorpe was followed by Declan Dutton (North Vancouver, B.C.) who kept the Astros off track for two innings allowing three walks to go along with two strikeouts. 

-Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ont.) went two scoreless and had one strikeout.

UP NEXT

The Junior National Team will close out the extended spring training camp tomorrow with an inter-squad game beginning at Noon E.T...The program will resume next month with the annual Dominican Summer League tour from May 18-26.

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.