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Juniors earn draw with Mariners in rain shortened game

Villa Mella- The Junior National Team played the Seattle Mariners Dominican Summer League team to 2-2 draw before rain ended the game after 7 innings. The second scheduled game of the day against the Milwaukee Brewers was called before one inning was complete, also due to rain.

Against Seattle, Kyle Hann (Oakville, ON) belted a solo homer with one out in the top of the 1st inning to stake the Canadians out to an early 1-0 lead.

The Mariners would erase the deficit in the bottom of the frame off JNT starter Skylar Janisse (Maidstone, ON). The lead-off batter singled and stole second before being singled home to tie the score.

Dustin Houle (Penticton, BC) joined the homerun parade by swatting a solo homer of his own, to put the Juniors back on top in the 2nd.

Later in the inning with two out, Cory Scammell (Edmonton, AB) doubled but was left stranded on second base.

Janisse got into trouble in the 4th when he allowed a double and two walks with two out to load the bases, before getting the final batter of the inning to ground out.

In total, Janisse went four innings allowing the one run, scattering three hits, walking four and striking out four.

The Mariners would tie the score in the 5th off JNT reliever Matt Trimble (Coquitlam, BC) when a single scored a runner from second, who had previously singled and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice.

In the 6th, the Juniors threatened as Zack Sardellitti (Maple, ON) was hit by a pitch to lead-off the frame while Jerod Bartnik (Surrey, BC) singled for his second hit of the game. After a fielder’s choice forced Sardellitti out at third, the Mariners turned a double play to end the inning.

Trimble would work scoreless innings in the 6th and 7th and finished his outing by going three innings, giving up one run on four hits while recording five strikeouts.

The top of the 8th saw Scammell hit by a pitch and Damion Smith (Windsor, ON) walk before heavy rain cancelled the remainder of the contest.

Notes: The Juniors are scheduled to play the Florida Marlins on Saturday (May 21st) at 11am ET…Ethan Elias (Entwistle, AB) is expected to start… The JNT will then face the Dominican Academy at 3pm ET...The Dominican Summer League Camp is an important step in the process as the JNT will attempt to qualify for the 2012 World Junior Baseball Championship (scheduled for Seoul, South Korea) at the Americas World Junior Qualification Tournament in Cartagena, Colombia from September 23rd - October 2nd, 2011… For more information on the JNT program, please click here.