ORLANDO, FL – In what was a nail bitter through out between the Junior National Team and the Cleveland Indians here in Spring Training action, the pitchers dominated as both teams could not get anything across and would play to a 1-1, 10-inning draw.
All the scoring came early and it would be the Canadians who would break the ice in the bottom of the first. Brett Lawrie (Langley, BC) hit a double off the left field wall and would come around to score on Jeff Hunt’s (Cambridge, ON) RBI single to put Canada ahead.
The Indians would reply in the third inning when a throwing error from the Canadian defence allowed the Indians’ runner on second to score and tie the game.
From there, neither team could take advantage of scoring chances with both teams unable to convert with two runners on-base and only one out in the tenth inning. Canada would strand a total of 10 runners on-base, while the Indians stranded seven.
The real story of the game however was the performance of the pitchers. Stosh Wawrzasek (Langley, BC) got the nod for the Canadians would go on to allow only one run, which was unearned, with one hit and a walk and would fanned six over his three innings of work.
David Walkling (Nanaimo, BC) took over for Wawrzasek and picked up where he left off. Walkling only allowed two hit and a walk with a pair of stirkeouts in his three inning outing.
The ball was then handed over to Danny Britton-Foster (Ladysmith, BC) to close the door the rest of the way. He would work the final four innings, giving up only two hits and a pair of walks to Indians’ hitters.
The Houston Astros will be the next opponent on the Junior National Team’s Spring Training schedule on Wednesday, April 16th at 1 pm.