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Juniors Crushed by Nationals

ORLANDO – The Junior National Team had no answers for the Washington Nationals on this day of Fall Instructional League action as the Canadians would be held to one hit in a 16-0 beating by the Major League Instructional club.

Darren Kolk (Mill Bay, BC) produced the only hit for the Canadians, which was an infield single.

The Nationals got on the board immediately by scoring one run in the first inning, followed by four runs in the fourth and another pair of runs in the third inning, all against Paul Schaak (Winkler, MB).

All together, Schaak allowed seven runs, six earned, on eight hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts over three innings of work.

Mike Ellis (Surrey, BC) came in relief of Schaak, but the Nationals were not done with their offensive outburst.  Ellis would give up six runs, five earned, over two and one-third innings as Washington would score four runs in the fourth inning and another pair in the sixth for a 13-0 lead before Steve McKinnon (Duncan, BC) was brought in to finish the inning.

The Nationals would tack on three more runs, one in each of the final three innings to complete the scoring.

McKinnon allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk in two and two-third innings on the mound.  He also registered four punch outs.

Joel Pierce (Windsor, ON) finished out the day for the Canadians on the hill, giving up one run on two hits while fanning one Nationals’ hitter.

It was a rough day all around for the Juniors as they would give up 16 runs on 23 hits while committing five errors in this game.

The Junior National Team will hit the diamond again at the Fall Instructional League camp on Friday, October 10 at 1 pm when the Canadians take on the Houston Astros.