U-18 World Cup Selection Camp: Canada can't solve Aussies

 Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

AJAX, Ontario – After taking the first two games of the pre U-18 World Cup series, Canada has dropped three consecutive contests to Australia including a 5-2 defeat this evening.

Canada fell into a deep hole after Australia built a 5-0 lead after four and couldn’t generate enough offence to climb back into the game. Clayton Keyes (Calgary, Alta.) and Victor Cerny (Winnipeg, Man.) picked up two hits apiece as Canada outhit Australia for the second consecutive game.

Box Score: Australia 5 Canada 2

With neither team recording a hit through the first two innings, the Aussies caught a break and used some small ball to score the game’s first run. A Jason Willow (Victoria, B.C.) error put the leadoff hitter on before a sacrifice bunt moved him to second. A double to left followed by a two-out triple gave the Australians a 2-0 lead.

Starter Eric Cerantola (Oakville, Ont.) and Canada fell into a deeper hole in the fourth with three more Australian runs crossing the plate. A leadoff walk, followed by back-to-back one out singles scored one before Noah Naylor’s (Mississauga, Ont.) throwing error brought in two more.

Canada received some luck of their own in the sixth and took advantage after Edouard Julien (Québec City, Que.) reached on a dropped fly ball and came around to score on Naylor’s double to centre. The second Aussie error of the inning, a throwing error, allowed Keyes to trot home from third base.

Harley Gollert (Toronto, Ont.) replaced Cerantola with two out in the fourth, recorded a strikeout then proceeded to throw three scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits and struck out three.

Tate Dearing (White Rock, B.C.) struck out one batter in a perfect eighth before Jaden Griffin (Lower Sackville, N.S.) fanned two in a perfect ninth.

The series resumes on Saturday (1 p.m. E.T.) 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 is providing 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 4     @         Australia U18 6        7PM

Friday                 25 Aug           Australia U18 5    @        Canada U18 2          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.