The Junior National Team scored twice in the top of the eighth inning only to see the Seattle Mariners prospects respond with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning as both teams played to a 6-6 tie in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday (May 30).
With the score tied at four runs apiece in the top of the eighth, the juniors loaded the bases with two out before Johnny Caputo (Toronto) walked to score Gareth Morgan (Toronto) from third base and Jacob Robson (Windsor) laced a single to left field which brought in Brett Siddall (Windsor, ON).
Morgan had led off with a walk and Siddall followed with a single which allowed Mitchell Triolo (Scarborough) to lay down a sacrifice-bunt to move the runners over.
In the home half of the eighth a solo home run brought the Mariners within one run of the lead and an error followed by a double brought home the tying run.
The Mariners opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when starter Travis Seabrooke (Peterborough, ON) gave up a lead-off triple to the gap in left-centre. The runner scored two batters later on a sac-fly to right.
The juniors were quick to respond in the top of the second when Morgan opened with a single and scored when Triolo doubled to left field.
In the top of the third, Kyle Hann (Oakville) lifted a sacrifice-fly to centerfield to score Robson from third and the juniors were in front 2-1.
The lead was short lived, however, as the Mariners took advantage of back-to-back singles in the third and tied the game on a wild-pitch from Seabrooke.
Refusing to be outdone, the juniors retook the lead in the top of the fourth as singles from Triolo, Owen Spiwak (Mississauga) and Chris Shaw (Winnipeg) loaded the bases and Jesse Hodges (Victoria, B.C.) reached on a fielder’s choice which allowed Triolo to score.
Seabrooke left the game after the fourth giving way to Jake Marks (Brights Grove, ON). He tossed a scoreless fifth inning with one strikeout and his team gave him a two-run lead in the sixth on a Chris Shaw RBI single.
Marks gave up a run in each of the sixth and seventh innings, both courtesy of solo home runs to left field which tied the game at four.
After giving up two runs in the eighth, Marks was replaced on the mound by Logan Seifrit (Spruce Grove, AB) who was able to keep the Mariners at bay striking out one in 1 1/3 innings of relief.
The juniors conclude their Dominican Summer League Camp with a day/night double-header. In the morning the club will travel to San Pedro de Macoris to play the Los Angeles Angels with Fernando Fernandez (Montréal) scheduled to start. In the evening at Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo, the juniors will face MLB Prospect League which features some of the top Dominican players eligible to sign with MLB teams on or after July 2.
The Dominican Camp is one of two camps remaining prior to the IBAF 18U World Championship in Seoul, South Korea Aug. 30-Sept. 8. There will be a final camp and exhibition series from Aug. 15 -27 where the final 20-man roster will be selected for the world championship.