ORLANDO, Florida – Jalen Harris (Toronto, ON) contributed on four runs and Nick Pivetta (Victoria, BC) threw two perfect innings to set the tone for Team Red, who went on to defeat Team Grey 9-5 in an intersquad game at the Fall Instructional League Camp.
Team Red opened the scoring in the bottom of the second when Alex Calbick (Burnaby, BC) reached on a double and scored on a Brandon Dailey (Brantford, ON) error to take a 1-0 lead.
Dailey would make up for his miscue in the top of the third when Team Grey scored three runs to take a 3-1 lead. Dailey hit a two-run single to give his team the lead.
But Team Red responded in the bottom half of the inning putting four runs on the board to retake the lead at 5-3. Harris drove in a pair of runs on a double and Simon Brisebois (Mascouche, QC) added an RBI single.
Team Grey reduced the lead to one run in the top of the fourth inning on Cédrick Vallières’s (Roxton Pond, QC) RBI single.
After Team Red made it 6-4 in the bottom of the fourth, they put the game away in the bottom of the fifth by bringing three runs across the plate to take a 9-4 lead.
Dailey hit a solo home run to lead off the top of the sixth for Team Grey to make it 9-5.
On the mound, Pivetta got the start for Team Red and pitche two perfect innings, striking out two. Tom Robson (Ladner, BC) closed out the game for Team Red, pitching two innings and allowing an unearned run on two hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Tanner Spencer (Craik, SK) was the starter for Team Grey. He allowed an unearned run on two hits with one strikeout in two innings of work. Iannick Remillard (Valleyfield, QC) threw a scoreless inning for Team Grey, allowing one hit and a walk while fanning one.
The Junior National Team will play their first full squad game on Thursday, October 8th at 1 PM against the Washington Nationals.