A number of Canadians are on the rosters of team in the 84-team, 16th annual Perfect Game WWBA World Championship in in Jupiter, Fla, as play began Thursday. ….
Games will be played at the spring training fields of the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins with three Canadian teams entered:
The Dbacks Langley Blaze from British Columbia as well as pick-ups by Arizona Diamondbacks scout Doug Mathieson, while coach Dan Bleiwas has two entries with the Ontario Blue Jays and Canada Perfect Game Gold. Dino Roumel handles the overlap. The other coaches are Mike Steed as pitching/associate head coach, Kyle MacKinnon, Greg Byron, Sean Travers, Kyle DeGrace and Joey (Weasey) Ellison.
Scout’s blog from Perfect game of the Canadian teams …
Ontario Blue Jays strike for 10 runs in win
Gm # 5 3:30 PM New York PG Maroon vs. Ontario Blue Jays
The Ontario Blue Jays struck quickly and never looked back, scoring 8 runs in the top of the first inning before eventually defeating New York PG Maroon, 10-0.
Perfect Game All-American Josh Naylor (Mississauga, ON, 2015) connected for the big hit of the afternoon with a 3-run homerun to right field in his first at-bat. He showed a solid approach with excellent bat speed and a lot of raw power. Nick Howie (Oakville, ON, 2015) connected for the team’s other extra-base hit when he doubled to left field to lead off the ballgame. He went 1-for-2 with a walk, an RBI, and 2 runs scored. Darren Shred (Brampton, ON, 2015) paced the Ontario offense with a 2-for-3 performance and an RBI.
Carnegy Calzado (Bronx, NY, 2015) tallied New York’s lone extra-base hit with a double to right field, showing a fluid hitting stroke with positive gap power.
RJ Freure (Burlington, ON, 2015) earned the win for Ontario, tossing 3 shutout innings while giving up just 3 hits and striking out 5 hitters.
Reds Midwest Scout Team puts on a show
Gm # 7 | 10/23/2014 | DBacks Langley Blaze vs. Reds Midwest Scout Team
The Reds Midwest Scout Team struck for 9 runs in 5 innings, including 8 runs in the third inning. They finished with 12 hits while holding DBacks Langley Blaze scoreless.
Joshua Stowers (Westchester, IL, 2015) paced the Reds offense with a 2-for-3 performance with a double, 2 RBI, and 2 runs. He stayed inside the ball well and showed good plate coverage. Brandon Krennrich (McHenry, IL, 2015) swung the bat well with a 2-for-2 game, adding a double, an RBI, and a run. Ethan Skender (Metamora, IL, 2015) added the Reds other double when he connected for a line drive double to left field to score a run in the third. He finished with 2 RBI, a walk, and a run, showing a quick bat with gap power. Cole Daily (Springfield, IL, 2015) went 2-for-3 with a run, while teammate Tyler Paulsen (Channahon, IL, 2015) added a pair of singles and a run.
Miles Gordon (Oakville, ON, 2015) had the DBacks’ lone extra-base hit when he connected for a double to left field in the bottom of the first.
Jeremy Orbik (Homewood, IL, 2015) earned the win on the mound for the Reds, tossing 3 shutout innings while giving up just 2 hits and striking out 4. He displayed a fastball that sat between 86-88 mph and topped at 89 mph, a 76 mph 12/6 curveball with excellent late break, and an 83 mph changeup with good arm side run. Cal Coughlin (Lake Forest, IL, 2016) showed a fastball that topped at 88 mph in an inning of relief.
Josh Burgmann (Nanaimo, BC, 2016) showed positive arm action while displaying an 85-88 mph fastball in his start for DBacks.
Davis powers Chandler World to W
Gm# 19110/23/2014 12:20 PM Marlins
Chandler World defeated Canada PG Gold 10-1 in their exhibition game. Loyola Marymount commit, Devin Davis (2015, Valencia HS, CA), helped power the Chandler World offense displaying good bat speed as he went 1-1 with a pinch hit solo home run. Brandon Perez (2015, Mater Dei HS, CA), a USC commit, added in a 1-2 performance using a quiet hitting approach and a short, compact swing with 1 run scored and 2 RBI. Penn State commit, Ryan Sloniger (2015, Punxsutawney Area HS, PA), also impressed using an aggressive approach and getting good extension as he went 1-2 with 2 RBI.
Penn State commit, Eli Nabholz (2015, Pottsville Area HS, PA), started and earned the win for Chandler World throwing 1 perfect inning of work and recording 1 strikeout. Nabholz featured an impressive 86-88 mph fastball and mixed in a 75-78 mph changeup and an 83 mph cutter.
For Canada PG Gold, Troy Daring (2016, Heart Lake HS, ON) showed a quick bat going 2-2 and Luke Van Rycheghem (2016, Bridgeton HS, ON) went 1-3 with 1 run scored.
Blue Jays win over Blaze
Gm # 188 | DBacks Langley Blaze vs. Ontario Blue Jays
The Ontario Blue Jays defeated the DBacks Langley Blaze 2-1 in their exhibition game. Liam Munshi (Our Lady of Mount Carmel HS, ON) started and earned the win for the Blue Jays tossing 4 shutout innings allowing just 2 hits and no walks, while striking out 4 batters with an impressive 75% strike percentage. Munshi used a long arm action and featured a 78-81/82 mph fastball with armside run and a 67-73 mph curveball.
Reese O’Farrell (2015, Notre Dame Catholic SS, ON) led the way for the Blue Jays’ offense going 2-3 with 1 double and 1 run scored. Austin Ferguson (2015, St Thomas Aquinas Catholic SS) added in a 1-4 day at the plate with 1 double and Owen Jansen (2016, Iroquois Ridge HS, ON) went 1-4 with 2 RBI.
For the Blaze, Austin Hoffman (2016, Alleghany HS, PA) went 1-3 with 1 double and Jeremi Longpre (2015, Yale Secondary HS, BC) went 1-3 with 1 double, 1 run scored and 1 stolen base.
Warhawks edge Canada PG Gold
Gm # 187 | 10/23/2014 | 1Ohio Warhawks vs. Canada PG Gold
The Ohio Warhawks defeated Canada PG Gold 4-2 in their exhibition game. Georgia State commit, Curtis Terry (2015, Archer HS, GA), helped power the Warhawks’ offense showing a short, compact swing and good bat speed as he went 1-2 with a solo home run. Auburn commit, Daino Deas (2015, Parkview HS, GA), added in a 1-2 performance with 1 triple and 1 run scored. Tyler Schmidt (2015, Crosswell-Lexington HS, MI), a Marshall commit, also impressed showing good extension and plate coverage going 1-3 with 1 triple and 1 run scored.
Arizona State commit, Peyton Culbertson (2015, Collierville HS, TN), earned the win out of the bullpen for the Warhawks tossing 1 perfect inning and recording 2 strikeouts. Culbertson used a sharp downhill motion and showed a quick arm with his 86-88 mph fastball while mixing in a 73-79 mph slider and a 76-78 mph changeup.
For Canada PG Gold, Lucas Parente (2017, Notre Dame Catholic SS, ON) showed a quiet hitting approach and good bat speed as he went 2-3 with 1 RBI.
Ben Braun (2015, Georgetown District HS, ON) took the loss for Canada PG Gold, but showed well in 5 innings of work allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, on 5 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 7 batters. Braun’s arm worked well and he was around the plate with his aggressive 73-77/78 mph fastball, 68-72 mph changeup that flashed potential, and a 60-64 mph curveball he featured as an out pitch.