Cartagena, Colombia-Clayton Isherwood (Van Anda, BC) tossed eight shutout innings and Jacob Robson (Windsor, ON) was a sparkplug on offence as the Junior National Team wrapped-up round one play with an 11-0 mercy-rule win over Guatemala. Canada will begin round two of the Americas World Junior Qualification Tournament against Mexico on Friday at 9am ET.
Canada finished round one with a perfect 5-0 record and will carry wins against Venezuela and Panama into round two.
“These types of games are never easy because you don’t want to get anyone hurt and you don’t want to use a lot of pitching, said Head Coach Greg Hamilton, and I thought we did both.”
Jacob Robson led-off the top of the first with a bunt single and advanced to second base on a throwing error. Robson then stole third base and crossed home plate on a passed ball.
In the third, Robson singled, stole second and third base and ran home from third when Brett Siddall (Windsor, ON) stole second base. For the second consecutive game Robson used his blazing speed to give his opponents trouble all game long.
“He’s doing what he needs to do out there,” explained Hamilton. “He’s working counts, getting on base and taking what pitchers give him. If he gets on base we have a good opportunity to score.”
Isherwood provided his team with a quality start and with the score 2-0 in the sixth recorded a big strikeout with runners on first and second with two out.
“He did a great job and did what we needed him to do today,” added Hamilton. “He threw strikes and forced contact which allowed us to get through the game without using extra pitching.”
Isherwood gave up five hits and one walk, while striking out six.
The Juniors broke the game open with a four run seventh that was keyed by a Robson double deep to right field that plated two runs. Daniel Pinero (Toronto, ON) also contributed an RBI single in the frame.
In the eighth, the Juniors tacked on five more runs to put them up by eleven and provide an opportunity to end the game in only eight innings. Dustin Houle’s (Penticton, BC) double with the bases loaded scored three runs.
Six teams have qualified for the second round with the top four qualifying for next year’s IBAF World Junior Baseball Championship in Seoul, South Korea.
“The goal coming into this event was to qualify and anything else is a bonus,” said Hamilton. “We’re going to play hard in the second round and we have as good a chance as anybody to win the tournament.”
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