U-18 World Cup Selection Camp: Australia hands Canada first loss

 Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

AJAX, Ontario – Australia limited Canada to just four hits and managed just enough offence to come away with a 3-2 win and record their first victory of the pre U-18 World Cup Series.

Canada rallied with a run in the ninth on a Dondrae Bremner (Toronto, Ont.) RBI ground out but a double play that saw Jason Willow (Victoria, B.C.) tagged out at home, ended the game.

With the loss, Canada now leads the seven-game series 2-1 as both squads continue preparing for the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay from September 1 to 10.

Box Score: Australia 3 Canada 2

Canada opened the scoring in the bottom of third courtesy of a Rhys Cratty (Langley, B.C.) sacrifice fly to centre that allowed Willow to tag and score. Willow led off the frame with a double down the left field line and moved to third when Bremner grounded out.

Canada starter Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, B.C.) provided four innings of scoreless baseball before giving way to Cade Smith (Abbotsford, B.C.) to start the fifth. Smith got into trouble early loading the bases with nobody out before starting a 1-2-3 double play, but a bloop single to right that followed gave the Aussies a 2-1 lead.

DeCooman scattered two hits and a walk and struck out three batters.

Canada had an opportunity to answer back in the bottom half of the inning after Clayton Keyes (Calgary, Alta.) reached on an error and stole second base with nobody out, but was left stranded.

Tate Dearing (White Rock, B.C.) came on for the ninth and pitched a 1-2-3 frame with two strikeouts.

After Victor Cerny (Winnipeg, Man.) reached on an error in the bottom of the ninth, Willow drilled his second double of the game off the fence in left to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Bremner cashed in Cerny before a double play that saw Willow try and score on a ground out, ended the game.

The series resumes on Thursday and runs though Sunday, with all games being played at Audley Ballpark (2001 Audley Rd. Ajax, ON), the same site that hosted the Pan Am Games in 2015. Admission is free for all games.

Baseball Canada will provide live scoring for all seven games.
Link: https://gc.com/t/spring-2017/canadian-junior-national-team-u-18-58da4c62f95602d261000001

Schedule:

Monday             21 Aug           Australia U18 2    @        Canada U183           7PM

Tuesday             22 Aug           Canada U18 8    @         Australia U18 2       7PM

Wednesday       23 Aug           Australia U18 3    @        Canada U18 2           7PM

Thursday           24 Aug           Canada U18      @         Australia U18                7PM

Friday                 25 Aug           Australia U18    @        Canada U18                   7PM

Saturday            26 Aug           Canada U18      @         Australia U18                1PM

Sunday              27 Aug           Australia U18    @        Canada U18                    1PM

Useful links:

Canada Selection Camp Roster
Australia U-18 Roster
Selection Camp Schedule
WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Schedule

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.