WINNIPEG – In a game where the effort level can be described as modest at best, the Junior National Team committed eight errors on route to an 11-1 loss at the hands of Chinese Taipei.
It started off well for the Canadians as Stosh Wawrzasek (Langley, BC) got the start on the mound as he would make quick work of the Taiwanese team in the first inning.
In the bottom half of the first, the Juniors opened the scoring as Carter Bell (Courtenay, BC) drove in Ivan Hartle (North Vancouver, BC) to take a 1-0 lead after one inning.
That would be the only bright spot on this day for the Canadians as the wheels would fall off soon after.
Two errors in the third inning would allow two runs to score for Chinese Taipei and they would take the lead 2-1.
Another error in the fifth would allow three unearned runs to score as Chinese Taipei would increase their lead to 6-1.
After the Taiwanese increased their lead to 8-1, they would add three more runs in the eighth inning with the help of three more Canadian errors and Taipei took an 11-1 lead which was more than enough.
“We have to do a lot better. Eight errors I think summarizes the ball game,” says JNT Manager Greg Hamilton. “You have no chance at this level winning a game when you make eight errors. It was a poor game.”
However, Hamilton is not worried about his team moving forward to Edmonton for the World Junior Baseball Championship.
“We didn’t play well, but I still believe we have a good team. I believe we’re going to be very competitive in the tournament. We still have to make some decisions on our roster and shore things up and get things right.”
The Junior National Team will travel to Calgary on Sunday and will play their first game in the province of Alberta on Monday at 7:05 pm against the Okotoks Dawgs at Seaman Stadium.