U-18 World Cup Selection Camp: Canada gets back to winning ways

 Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

AJAX, Ontario – Edouard Julien (Québec City, Que.) hit four doubles and drove in two runs to help Canada snap a three-game losing streak with a 10-5 win over Australia.

Canada’s offence pounded-out 14 hits including three off the bat of Victor Cerny (Winnipeg, Man.) who matched Julien’s two-RBI output.

The pre U-18 World Cup series is now tied at three games apiece with two games remaining. Both squads are preparing for the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ont., from September 1 to 10.

Box Score: Canada 10 Australia 5

Both teams exchanged runs in the second before Canada took the lead in the fifth on RBI singles from Victor Cerny and Michael Stovman (Maple Ridge, B.C.). The offence kept clicking in the sixth as back-to-back, two-out doubles from Lucas Parente (Burlington, Ont.) and Julien produced one run before a double steal and RBI singles from Cerny and Jason Willow (Victoria, B.C.) brought in three more.

Canada starter Wesley Moore (Surrey, B.C.) was in control until the sixth when Australia made their way back into the game with a four-run inning. The big blow came when Jarryd Dale smacked a three-run home run to left that pulled the Aussies to within two.

Canada was quick to respond in the seventh and it was Julien who got things going with a run-scoring double to centre before Noah Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) followed later with a double to the gap in left.

Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ont.) came on for one scoreless inning of relief before Michael Stovman worked the final two frames to preserve the win.

The series resumes on Sunday, August 27 (1 pm E.T.) 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 10      @         Australia U18  5            1PM

Sunday              27 Aug           Australia U18    @        Canada U18                          1PM

Monday          28 Aug                        Canada U18 @ Australia U18                     10:30AM

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.