BOCA CHICA, D.R. – The Junior National Team scored early and often in their Dominican Summer League camp opener and got solid pitching to shut down the New York Yankees in a 11-3 victory in the Dominican Republic.
Brett Lawrie (Langley, BC) led the way offensively going 3-for-4 with a home run and six RBI. Lionel Morrill (Edmonton, AB) also got three hits in this one, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI.
The Canadians opened the scoring out of the chute, putting three runs across in the first inning on Lawrie’s three-run homer.
The Juniors would add two more runs in the second inning on a sacrifice fly from Ivan Hartle (North Vancouver, BC), scoring Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, ON) and on a RBI single from Lawrie scoring Morrill from third.
Three more runs would come to score in the fourth inning, beginning with an RBI single from Morrill to score Tissenbaum from second, who reached on a walk. The second sacrifice fly of the game from Hartle would score Greg Densem (Toronto, ON) and Lawrie would once again drive in Morrill with an RBI single.
The Canadian offense would add two more in the sixth inning and one more in the eighth to complete their scoring.
That was more than what the pitching staff needed in this game. Danny Britton-Foster (Ladysmith, BC) started on the mound for Canada and threw two shutout innings, allowing only one hit and one walk with a pair of strikeouts.
Philippe Charpentier (l’Épiphanie, QC) followed suit and pitched a pair o shutout innings as well, giving up only two hits with two going down on strikes.
Stosh Wawrzasek (Langley, BC) and Mike Monster (Kelowna, BC) combined to close things out for the Juniors. Wawrzasek threw three innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a pair of walks with five strikeouts. Monster would allow one run on three hits and two walks with one punch out in two innings pitched.
Next up for the Junior National Team is a double-header with the Seattle Mariners on Friday, May 23 in Villa Mella with one game scheduled for nine innings and the second scheduled for seven. First pitch for the first game is set for 11 am.