Hann, DeSouza connect for Canadian juniors

Five Junior National Team pitchers combined to three-hit the Detroit Tigers prospects as the juniors picked up an 8-2 victory on Tuesday (May 29) for their second win of the day in the Dominican Republic.

Both teams committed four errors and combined for only eight hits with the juniors holding a 5-3 edge.

After three walks loaded the bases in the top of the second, Chris Shaw (Winnipeg) was hit by a pitch bringing home the game’s first run.

With two out, Johnny Caputo (Toronto) reached on an error which led to another run crossing the plate and Jacob Robson (Windsor, ON) hit an RBI single and it was quickly 3-0.

Ryan Kellogg (Whitby, ON) started on the mound and worked two scoreless innings as he struck out one batter and didn’t allow a walk or a hit. Kellogg hit a batter in the bottom of the second in an otherwise flawless performance.

Kyle Hann (Oakville) kept his hot bat going as he doubled in the third and later scored on a single from Nathan DeSouza (Milton).

With the score now 4-0, Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, ON) entered the game and after hitting a batter and allowing a walk with two-out in the third, struck out the final batter to leave both runners on base.

In the fourth, the juniors benefitted from two Tiger errors, a walk and hit batter to score three more runs which broke the game wide open. Jacob Robson earned a RBI the hard way as he was plunked by a pitch with the bases loaded that brought in a run.

Quantrill gave-up a walk in the fourth, but fanned two batters in a scoreless inning to keep the Tigers hitless through four.

After Michael Clouthier (Guelph, ON) struck out the side in the bottom of the fifth, the Tigers scored their first run of the game in the sixth when Clouthier gave up a walk. The runner advanced to third base on an error and came around to score on an RBI ground out.

The Tigers broke the no-hit bid in the seventh off reliever Jason Tarapasky (Pierrefonds, QC), who allowed a single to centerfield after giving up a walk.

With two runners on and one out, Tarapasky induced a ground out and fly-out to end the inning. Tarapasky allowed a one-out double in the eighth that came around to score on a JNT throwing error and cut the lead to 7-2.

The juniors got the run back in the top of the ninth as Bryan Saucedo (Toronto) scored when Jamar Burnette’s (Toronto) two-out ground ball was misplayed by the shortstop.

Jake Marks (Brights Grove, ON) pitched the ninth and managed one strikeout before getting a force-out at second base to end the game.

Clayton Isherwood (Van Anda, B.C.) threw seven innings and gave up only two runs, while striking out six to lead the Junior National Team to a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Braves Dominican prospects in the opener of the two-game series on Tuesday.

The juniors continued their streak of scoring in the top of the first inning as Hann (Oakville) hit a triple to right field on a ball that got under the fielder’s glove and rolled all the way to the fence.

With Hann on third, DeSouza hit a sac-fly to centerfield and the juniors were out to an early 1-0 lead.

The lead didn’t last long however, as the Braves scored twice in the bottom of the inning with two out. Isherwood allowed a double before two errors and a RBI single put the Braves up 2-1.

In the fourth, the juniors loaded the bases after an error and two walks which paved the way for Jordan Schulz (Strasbourg, SK) who hit a sacrifice-fly to centerfield which brought in Gareth Morgan (Toronto) from third base.

From there Isherwood kept the Braves off balance locating his fastball and throwing his breaking ball for strikes.

The juniors jumped out in front in the top of the seventh when Hann walked and ended up moving to third base on a DeSouza single to right field. Gareth Morgan then worked a walk which brought Brett Siddall (Windsor, ON) to the plate who reached on a ball misplayed by the first baseman which allowed Hann to score the go ahead run.

Still in the top of the seventh, Jesse Hodges (Victoria, BC) was hit by a pitch on a pitch that skimmed his jersey which brought in DeSouza and the juniors led 4-2.

With a low pitch count, Isherwood came back out for the seventh and turned in a perfect inning with one strikeout.

Isherwood’s seven innings were the longest a pitcher has gone for the JNT on the Dominican trip.

Isherwood allowed only two runs on four hits, while walking three batters and striking out six.

The juniors added an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Siddall and Hodges hit back to back doubles to make the score 5-2 and Brock Dykxhoorn (Goderich, ON) was impressive in relief as he struck out four in two perfect innings.