U-18 World Cup Selection Camp: Canada takes pre-World Cup finale

 Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

AJAX, Ontario – Jason Willow (Victoria, B.C.) belted a solo home run and drove in three runs to lead Canada to a comeback, 10-5 win over Australia and a 4-3-1 pre U-18 Baseball World Cup series win.

Both squads are preparing for the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ont., from September 1 to 10.

Down 5-0 in the fifth, Willow’s solo home run put Canada on the scoreboard and started a four-run inning to close the gap to one.

Willow was at it again in the sixth as he belted a 0-2 offering to the gap in left that brought in the tying and go ahead runs.

Box Score – Canada 10 Australia 5

Canada fell into a deep hold early after Australia put up four runs in the bottom of the first. Starter William Sierra (Montréal, Que.) hit the first batter of the inning before a base hit and an error brought in the game’s first run. With two out and the bases loaded, Dondrae Bremner (Toronto, Ont.) failed to come up with a fly ball in left field leading to three more runs crossing the plate.

Reliever Tate Dearing (White Rock, B.C.) took over for Sierra in the second and tossed a scoreless frame before the Aussies added a run in the third to go up by five.

Canada exploded for four runs in the fifth starting with Willow’s solo homer before Edouard Julien (Québec City, Que.) drove in a pair on a bases loaded single to centre while Clayton Keyes (Calgary, Alta.) followed with an RBI single.

Relievers Ben Abram (Georgetown, Ont.) and Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, Ont.) held Australia off the scoreboard for three innings with each recording a strikeout.

The seventh inning was used to practice the international tiebreak rules that saw Canada score three times while Australia was held off the scoreboard.

Team Canada will depart for Thunder Bay tomorrow and open the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup on Friday against Chinese Taipei (6:30 pm E.T.) at Port Arthur Stadium.

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.