* Tanner Rempel (Abbotsford, BC) hit a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score and moments later Kobe Hyland (Spruce Grove, Alta.) delivered a single for the walk-off win for the Canadian Junior National Team. The high schoolers beat the first and second-year Atlanta Braves pros at instructional league 3-2.
By Adam Morissette
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Junior National Team picked up their first win of the Fall Instructional League training camp Tuesday and did so in dramatic fashion scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth to earn a 3-2 come-from-behind, walk-off, win over a group of professional players from the Atlanta Braves organization.
After a lead-off single from Peter Hutzal (Calgary, Alta.) and a one out double from Royce Ando (Mississauga, Ont.) to open the ninth, Tanner Rempel (Abbotsford, BC) came through with a two–run double that tied the score and moved to third on a wild pitch.
Adam Hall (London, Ont.) then drew a walk, setting the stage for Kobe Hyland (Spruce Grove, Alta.) who singled to left to score the winning run.
The win saw the juniors enjoy their finest offensive outburst of the week as they pounded-out 11 hits including two apiece from Cooper Lamb (Burlington, Ont.), Hall and Ando, while Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.), Miles Gordon (Oakville, Ont.), Hyland, Hutzal and Rempel contributed one hit each.
BJ Moen (Swift Current, SK) was credited with the win as he tossed three innings allowing two hits and a walk. He was one out away from tossing his third consecutive scoreless inning, but a walk, stolen base and double with two out in the ninth scored a run for the Braves putting them up by two before the dramatics of the bottom of the inning.
The juniors turned in two other quality performances on the mound with RJ Freure (Burlington, Ont.) firing three scoreless innings, scattering three hits and striking out one batter.
Starter Tyler Whitbread (Camlachie, Ont.) pitched two scoreless before the Braves opened the scoring in the top of the third taking advantage of throwing error on a leadoff triple.
The triple was one of only two hits that Whitbread allowed in addition to one base on balls.
UP NEXT: The juniors will travel to the Spring Training home of the Toronto Blue Jays tomorrow for a 1pm EDT game at the Bobby Mattick Complex where RHP Mike Soroka (Calgary, Alta,) is expected to start.