HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Nats jumped on JNT starter Tyler Whitbread (Camlachie, ON) in the top of the first scoring three runs on five hits including a pair of doubles. In the second inning, Whitbread allowed a solo home run with two out before tossing a perfect third inning.
-In the fifth, with reliever RJ Freure (Burlington, ON) on the mound, the Nats added a run as a lead off double came around to score on a two-out single.
-The juniors countered the Nats run in the fifth with a run in the home half of the inning as Andrew Yerzy (Toronto, ON) singled before moving to third on Jonathan Martin’s (Montréal, QC) single, and later scored on a wild pitch.
-In the sixth, Royce Ando (Mississauga, ON) led off with a single and later scored on a two-out base hit off the bat of Kobe Hyland (Spruce Grove, AB).
-RJ Freure took over for Whitbread in the fourth and worked his way out of a jam getting a strikeout and ground to leave two runners on after he yielded a one out double and walk. He allowed a run in the fifth but tossed a perfect sixth to conclude his three-inning outing.
-Will McAffer (Vancouver, BC) turned in a fine performance on the mound throwing three shutout frames where he scattered one hit and walk to go along with two strikeouts. After a leadoff double in the eighth, McAffer retired six Nationals batters in a row.
-Offensively, the juniors hung with their professional counterparts in the hit category recording nine to the Nats 11.
-Royce Ando and Brad Aldred (Whitby, ON) each had 2-for-3 games at the plate with Ando accounting for the only JNT extra base hit of the game as he doubled in the eighth.
-The juniors had a chance to make things interesting in the ninth after Aldred led off with a single and Ando followed with a double to put runners on second and third with nobody out, but a fly out, strikeout and groundout ended the game.
BY THE NUMBERS
Hits: Ando (2/3), Aldred (2/3), Gordon (1/4), Hyland (1/4), Naylor (1/3), Yerzy (1/3), Martin (1/3)
2B: 1, Ando
Runs: 1, Yerzy, Ando
RBIs: 1, Hyland
SBs: 1, Gordon
Strikeouts: 2, McAffer; 1, Whitbread, Freure
The juniors will travel to Dunedin tomorrow for a 1pm ET contest against pros from the Toronto Blue Jays organization at the Bobby Mattick Complex…LHP Isaac Anesty (Guelph, ON) is scheduled to start on the mound with RHP Mike Soroka (Calgary, AB) and RHP Josh Burgmann (Nanaimo, BC) slated to follow.
Score: Washington Nationals Extended 5 Canada (18U) 2
Location: Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports, Lake Buena Vista, FL
Canada 18U Starting Lineup:
1. Miles Gordon – CF
2. Kobe Hyland – SS
3. Demi Orimoloye – RF
4. Josh Naylor – DH
5. Andrew Yerzy – DH
6. Darren Shred – C
7. Jonathan Martin – 1B
8. JF Garon – LF
9. Isaac Deveaux – LF
10. Brad Aldred – 3B
11. Royce Ando – 2B
12. Ben Komonosky – DH
Starting Pitcher: RHP Tyler Whitbread