Juniors open Dominican Tour with a bang

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May 22 2014 ISN – BOCA CHICA, Dominican Republic-It didn’t take long for the Junior National Team to
get accustomed to their new surroundings in the Dominican Republic as they
smashed-out 11 hits en route to defeating the Minnesota Twins Dominican prospects
13-3.

Matt Lloyd (Okotoks, AB) led the offence driving in four runs, while Mike Soroka
(Calgary, AB) was solid on the mound tossing five innings without allowing an earned
run to record the win.

Lloyd’s double to centre in the third inning opened the scoring as Tristan Clarke
(Brampton, ON) and LP Pelletier (Montréal, QC) came into count on the play.

Both Clarke and Pelletier had multi-hit games with Clarke going 2-for-2 with three
runs scored and Pelletier going 2-for-4 with three runs scored.

The Twins got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning when a two-out bunt
single came around to score on a throwing error.

JF Garon (Terrebonne, QC) picked up his first of two extra base hits on the day when
he belted a triple that scored Mitch Bigras (Sarnia, ON) all the way from first
base. Garon later came into score on a wild pitch to give the juniors a four run
cushion.

After Soroka worked a quick three-up, three-down fourth, the juniors piled-on for
four more runs and the rout was officially on. Tristan Clarke walked, moved to third
on a single from LP Pelletier and after Matt Lloyd reached on a fielder’s choice,
Josh Naylor (Mississauga, ON) singled to right scoring Pelletier, while Lloyd scored
when the ball was misplayed by the right fielder. Naylor scored the innings’ fourth
run on a wild pitch.

Soroka gave-up a run scoring double in the fifth after a walk, fielder’s choice and
error and ended his five-inning outing allowing two hits and three walks, while
striking out three.

Kyle Ross (Maple Ridge, BC) took over for Soroka in the sixth and worked his way out
of a two-out jam with runners on the corners by getting a groundout to third where
third baseman Mitchell Robinson (Surrey, BC) made a nice throw on the run to get the
batter at first.

The juniors put the game completely out of reach plating three runs in the top of
the seventh as newcomer Peter Hutzal (Calgary, AB) worked a one-out walk in his
first plate appearance with the Junior National Team and later came around to score
along with Tristan Clarke when Matt Lloyd singled up the middle.

Brad Smith (Vancouver, BC) came out of the bullpen for the eighth and ninth frames
and retired five straight before giving up a two-out double. Smith was able to get
the next batter to pop-out to first base to end the game.

Notes: The juniors will be back in action tomorrow with a pair of games in San Pedro
de Macoris. At 10:30am ET, the juniors will take-on prospects from the Toronto Blue
Jays Dominican Academy before travelling down the road to visit the Milwaukee
Brewers DSL club at 2:30pm ET…LHP Ben Onyshko (Winnipeg, MB) is slated to start
against the Jays, while RHP Zach Pop (Brampton, ON) gets the nod against the
Brewers…You can receive live updates from both contests by following @Team_C_Updates
on Twitter.

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