Five-run first leads baseball juniors to win


Nathan DeSouza (Photo: Baseball Canada)

ORLANDO – The Junior National Team scored five times in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back as they defeated Lake Sumter Junior College 5-2 at ESPN Wide World of Sports in exhibition baseball on Sunday (April 15).

With the bases loaded in the first, Brett Siddall (Windsor) reached on an error that allowed Mitchell Triolo (Scarborough) to score from third base with the game’s first run. Jesse Hodges (Victoria, B.C.) kept things going by reaching on a fielder’s choice that plated Nathan DeSouza (Milton) who reached base on a single. DeSouza would finish the game with two of the Juniors nine hits.

Three consecutive RBI singles off the bats of Sean Ratcliffe (Ajax), Daniel Pinero (Toronto) and Damion Smith (Windsor) gave the juniors a five-run lead after one inning.
Jake Marks (Brights Grove), making his JNT debut, started on the mound and gave up two runs in three innings of work.

Marks threw two scoreless frames and had two out in the top of the third inning before giving up a two-run homer to put Lake Sumter on the board. Marks also fanned three batters during his outing.

Oakvilleā€™s Steven Dressler took the mound in the top of the fourth and allowed two singles to the first two batters he faced before a line-out and double play ended the threat.

Dressler was perfect in both the fifth and sixth innings and finished his three inning outing only allowing the two singles in the fourth.

Logan Seifrit (Spruce Grove, AB) entered the game in the seventh and picked-up right where Dressler left off keeping Lake Sumter off the scoreboard with three scoreless innings of work.

Seifrit allowed only two hits and struck out five batters in preserving the victory. The juniors left 10 runners on base including the bases load in the second inning.