(Photo: Eddie Michels)
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – A solo home run in the top of the second was all of the offence the Atlanta Braves prospects needed but they got plenty more and cruised to a 12-0 win over the Junior National Team as the Spring Training Camp reached the halfway mark.
The juniors managed just two hits on offence and received a solid pitching debut from reliever Griffin Hassall (Newmarket, ON) who fanned six over three scoreless innings.
Score: Atlanta Braves 12 Canada (U-18) 0
Location: Walter Fuller Complex – St. Petersburg, Florida
Weather: 25 degrees Celsius, Sunny
Canada 18U Starting Lineup:
1. Cooper Davis - CF
2. Adam Hall – SS
3. Noah Naylor - DH
4. Clayton Keyes - RF
5. Michael Stovman – 1B
6. Jason Willow – 3B
7. Dondrae Bremner – 2B
8. Lucas Parente - LF
9. Rhys Cratty – EH
10. Archer Brookman – C
11. Denzel Clarke - DH
Starting Pitcher: RHP Eric Cerantola
HOW IT HAPPENED
-A home run over the right field wall on the second pitch of the top of the second gave the Braves prospects a 1-0 lead. JNT starter Eric Cerantola (Oakville, ON) then gave up a single before a throwing error put runners on the corners that paved the way for back-to-back singles to put the Braves up by three.
-Cerantola struggled with control in the second as he walked the bases loaded before a single to left made it 4-0. He was removed after walking in a run in favour of Will Undershute (Okotoks, AB) who gave up a three-run double to the first batter he faced to put the Braves up by eight.
-Undershute kept the Braves off the scoreboard in the fourth but a one out walk in the fifth came all the way around to score on a triple to the gap in left before a sacrifice fly to centre brought in the tenth Braves run of the ballgame.
-Undershute looked to get out of a bases loaded, two-out jam in the sixth but a wild pitch and error on first baseman Jason Willow (Victoria, BC) plated two more Braves runs to increase the lead to 12-0.
-Cerantola worked his way out of jam that saw runners on the corners with nobody out after to back-to-back singles in the top of the first. Cerantola managed to get a ground ball to third that went for a fielder’s choice before inducing an inning-ending double play.
-Reliever Will Undershute tossed three and one-third innings and managed to strikeout five Braves batters including three in the sixth inning.
-Griffin Hassall worked three scoreless innings and fanned six in his Junior National Team debut. The right-hander allowed two hits, walked two, and left runners on the corners to end the top of the ninth.
-The Braves lineup mainly featured players ticketed for extended spring training or the Single A Rome Braves. Not on the travel roster was Junior National Team alum Mike Soroka (2014, 2015) who remained at the teams’ spring training home in Orlando. Soroka won a South Atlantic League championship with Rome in 2016.
Hits: 1, Hall, Brookman
Stolen Bases: 1, Hall
Strikeouts: 6, Hassall; 5, Undershute; 3, Cerantola
The Junior National Team will return to the Walter Fuller Complex in St. Petersburg tomorrow to take on a visiting prospects squad from the Philadelphia Phillies organization with the first pitch set for 1pm ET…LHP Jack DeCooman (North Vancouver, BC) will start on the mound for Canada…Listen live to all of the action on radiostpete.com!
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