St. Petersburg Junior College made it look easy, handing the Junior National Team a 12-0 loss in baseball game that that the Canadians want to put behind them.
Clayton Isherwood (Van Anda, B.C.) was the lone bright spot on the evening as he started on the mound and worked three innings giving up one unearned run on three hits, while striking out two batters.
In the top of the first, the Juniors looked as though they were going to strike early as Jacob Robson (Windsor) walked, stole second and advanced to third on a ground out. Nathan DeSouza (Milton) followed with a walk of his own, but both runners were left stranded.
It was the same result in the top of the second when Guillaume Gingras (Levis, QS) and Jake Lumley (Windsor) each hit singles, but were left on base after a ground out ended the inning.
Adam Anderson (Georgetown) took over for Isherwood in the fourth and got into trouble right away, allowing a double and walk before two consecutive errors scored both runs.
The errors were a sign of things to come as six were committed during the game.
Anderson was removed from the game in the fifth after giving up a run and Wyle Cunningham (Red Deer) came in making his first appearance in a Canadian uniform.
Offensively, the Juniors were stymied by St. Petersburg pitchers who recorded 12 consecutive outs at one point before Jager Toffan (Regina) singled in the sixth.
Cunningham came back out for the sixth and gave up four runs (one earned) on three hits and two errors.
St. Petersburg continued to pile on in the seventh as they touched up new pitcher Logan Seifrit (Spruce Grove, AB) for four runs including a bases loaded triple which scored all three runners.
When the dust settled after the seventh the score read 12-0 and the blow-out was on.
Brett Siddall (Windsor), a regular outfielder/first baseman, took the mound in the eighth and put up a zero on the scoreboard as he walked two batters and struck out one.