May 23 , 2014 ISN – San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic- A base hit that squeaked up the middle
beyond the outstretched glove of LP Pelletier (Montréal, QC) brought in the tying
and winning runs as the Toronto Blue Jays Dominican prospects erased a one run
deficit to walk-off with a 6-5 win over the Junior National Team.
Reliever Nolan Bumstead (Calgary, AB) hit the first batter he faced in the ninth and
after a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second, a passed ball brought the runner
to third and a walk gave the Jays runners on the corners with one out.
The juniors had a chance to get the runner at third after they got him in a rundown
after the throw from the catcher went down to second on an attempted steal, but when
the dust settled the Jays had runners on second and third with only one out.
JF Garon (Terrebonne, QC) made a running catch in right field for the second out
before the base hit up the middle gave the Jays the win.
The juniors held the lead for most of the game scoring runs in each of the third and
fourth frames before the Jays struck for one in the fifth and three in the sixth.
The juniors re-took the lead with a three-spot in the seventh.
JNT starter Ben Onyshko (Winnipeg, MB) turned in a solid performance on the mound
tossing six innings allowing only one earned run, scattering seven hits and fanning
After giving up a lead-off single in the first, Onyshko retired eleven batters in a
row before giving up a two-out single in the fourth only to strikeout the next
batter he faced to end the inning.
“I felt good out there,” said Onyshko after the game. “Physically, everything was
working for me and I was able to get ahead of hitters.”
The Brewers scored their first run of the game in the fifth on a two-out RBI triple
and added three more runs with two-out in the sixth after a pair of errors and a RBI
The juniors opened the scoring in the third when Darren Shred (Brampton, ON) doubled
to left and came around to score on an error at shortstop.
They added to their lead in the fourth loading the bases after singles from Mitch
Bigras (Sarnia, ON) and Mitch Robinson (Surrey, BC), while Demi Orimoloye (Orleans,
ON) reached when the second baseman mishandled a sure-fire double play ball. Tristan
Clarke (Brampton, ON) then stepped to the plate and lifted a fly ball to right field
that allowed Bigras to easily tag and score from third base.
With the juniors down by two in the seventh, Mitch Robinson came through with a
bases loaded single that brought in a pair, while Demi Orimoloye beat out a grounder
at first base that plated the go ahead run.
Bumstead took the mound in the seventh and worked out of trouble after an error and
walk by getting a fly-out to end the frame.
He then worked a perfect eighth inning before the Jays scored two in the ninth that
ended the game.
Offensively, Mitch Robinson and Mitch Bigras led the way with each collecting two
hits as part of the Junior National Teams nine hit attack.