Adam Hall and Edouard Julien combined to steal seven bases and score five runs as the Junior National Team earned a 7-2 win over the Dominican Summer League Seattle Mariners.
Hall was a menace on the basepaths swiping four bases and scoring on a wild pitch in the eighth. His third steal of the game forced a bad throw from the Mariners catcher that allowed Hall to slide safely into third.
It didnít take long for the Junior National Team offence to kick it into high gear and it was leadoff hitter Cooper Davis who singled to right before Edouard Julien did the same with one out to put runners on first and second. Noah Naylor then bounced a ground ball between first and second which the Mariners second baseman fielded, but threw wildly to first. Davis and Julien scored while Naylor ended up on second. He scored the third run of the inning when Damiano Palmegiani ripped a double to left.
The Mariners got on the scoreboard in the fifth as back-to-back singles put a runner on third who scored a sac fly to left. On the second base hit, Hall, playing right field, dove for the ball that landed in front of his outstretched glove and fired to second to get the runner who was trying for a double. Cerantola was taken out of the game with two out and runners on first and second with William Sierra coming in. Sierra issued two wild pitches that brought in another Marinersí run before Lucas Parente made a nice sliding catch in left to end the inning.
The juniors regained their three run lead with a pair of runs in the sixth. Hall was hit by a pitch to lead things off before stealing second and third. Damiano Palmegiani then stepped to the plate a lined out to the pitcher who then threw wildly to third to try and double Hall off. Hall was able to scamper home before Michael Stovman lined a single to right that brought in Edouard Julien.
Hall continued to make things happen on the bases in the eighth as he walked and stole second before scampering to third on the catcherís throwing error. He scored on a wild pitch and Edouard Julien later crossed home plate for the third time in the game, also on a wild pitch.
Cerantola and Sierra both were clutch when it mattered as Cerantola put up zeroes over his first four innings, while Sierra left two runners on two separate occasions.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Hall & Canada's Juniors Split Double Header
Jaden Griffinís six shutout innings highlighted a 7-2 win for Adam Hall and his Canadian Junior National Baseball Teammates over the DSL Astros to give the squad its first victory of the week.
In the afternoon contest, the juniors held the lead until the fifth before the Yankees pushed across two runs to tie and went ahead with two more in the sixth. They hung on for an 8-6 win.
The juniors are now 1-5 with six games remaining on the tour.
In the win, Edouard Julien ripped a two out single to right in the top of the first and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Noah Naylor then lined a pitch to right and Julien hustled around third to score the first run of the game.
Two walks and an error brought in a run for the Junior National Team in the third. Rhys Cratty and Cooper Davis were issued free passes and Cratty moved to third when Hall flew out to right. With two out Davis broke for second and the catcherís throw sailed into centerfield that allowed Cratty to trot home.
Infield singles from Michael Stovman and Dondrae Bremner in between a walk to Archer Brookman loaded the bases in the third and with two out Rhys Cratty drew a walk that brought in the third run of the ballgame.
Julien reached via walk with one out in the eighth and came around to score after three wild pitches, advancing one base at a time.
The juniors tacked on three insurance runs in the ninth with Michael Stovman leading off with a double to left before scoring on Archer Brookmanís single to right to get things started. Brookman then scored from third on a Victor Cerny groundout before Damiano Palmegiani roped a single to right that cashed in Dondrae Bremner to close out the scoring for the Junior National Team.
Against the Yankees, the juniors got things started in a big way in the top of the second as Julien belted a two run homer over the wall in right field.
The Yankees pulled even in the home half of the third plating a pair of runs on a RBI double, while a wild pitch scored the other.
Hall got things going in the fourth with a hard single to left and Noah Naylor followed with a walk. On the first pitch of his at bat, Michael Stovman launched a ball to the gap in right that went for a ground rule double to score Hall and regain the lead. The hits kept on coming as Rhys Cratty lined an 0-1 pitch the opposite way to right to score Naylor, while Jason Willow hit into a fielderís choice that brought in Stovman.
The Yankees kept coming and closed the gap to one with two runs in the fourth. With one out, starter Tate Dearing gave up a double and then issued a wild pitch to put a runner on third with a sac fly to right bring in a run. A solo home run over the wall in right made it 5-4.
The offence continued in the fifth as Cooper Davis tripled to the gap in left that saw Archer Brookman score all the way from first base and the Junior National Team regained their two run lead.
Cade Smith took over for Dearing in the fifth and allowed three straight singles combined with an error that led to a run. With runners on first and second and two out, a single to centre brought in a run to tie the score.
The seesaw battle continued in the sixth as the Yankees took the lead with two more runs. Smith hit the first batter of the inning and issued a walk to the next before a single to centre brought one in. With one out, the Yankees executed a successful double steal with runners safe at second and home.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Hall & Canada's Juniors Go Down to the Phillies
Adam Hall and his Canadian Junior National Team teammates will have to wait another day to try for their first win of the Dominican Summer League tour after suffering a 5-2 loss to the Dominican Phillies.
The Junior National Team offence was limited to just three base hits, while a pair of throwing errors gave the Phillies and early lead in the first inning.
Two routine plays that went for throwing errors cost the Junior National Team in the bottom of the first as the Phillies took a 2-0 lead. 2B Edouard Julien and starting pitcher Jack DeCooman committed throwing errors on back-to-back plays that brought in one run before a RBI groundout cashed another.
The juniors got one run back in the second, taking advantage of a walk and Philliesí error to put runners on second and third before Michael Stovman came up with a one out single to left.
A lead off triple to right in the bottom of the second came around to score on a sacrifice fly and the Phillies regained their two-run lead.
After three scoreless innings from the third to the fifth, the Phillies scored a run in the sixth on a RBI single. Ben Abram took over from Jack DeCooman to start the inning and gave up a one out double before a ground out and single to left brought him home.
The Phillies got some luck in the seventh as they used a single and two perfectly placed infield hits to score a run that put them in front by four.
Noah Naylor walked with two out in the ninth and moved to second on a throwing error before Edouard Julien drove him in with a line drive single to right field.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Hall & Canada's Juniors Go Down in Double Header
Adam Hall and his Canada Junior National Team teammates dropped both ends of a doubleheader, their first of four on the Dominican Summer League tour, losing the front end, 7-4, to the Chicago Cubs before falling 8-4 to the Yankees in the afternoon.
The Juniors struggled to get much going offensively collecting just nine hits combined on the day and committed seven errors against the Yankees.
Their record now sits at 0-3 with ten games remaining on the tour.
In the game against the Cubs, a rare 7-6-3 double play was executed by the Junior National Team to end the second inning. With a runner on first and one out, left fielder Rhys Cratty made a nice running catch before firing to Jason Willow at shortstop who made a nice relay throw to first base to double the runner off.
Reliever Austin Brown provided three innings of scoreless relief that included three strikeouts.
Victor Cerny accounted for two of the Junior National Teamís five hits with a pair of singles, Hall also had a hit.
Squaring off against the Yankees Archer Brookmanís triple was hit on a 2-1 pitch and got over the center fielder's head in a hurry. With two runs already scored on the play, Brookman dove headfirst into third base to beat the throw from the outfield.
The Yankees threatened in the fifth with a runner on third after a leadoff triple, but the juniors caught a break after the runner broke for home on a groundball to third baseman Jason Willow who threw to catcher Noah Naylor to apply the tag.
Hall made a tremendous play at shortstop for the third out as he ranged to his left, spun and fired a strike to first on a groundball up the middle.
Reliever Griffin Hassall managed six strikeouts over three and one-third innings on the mound, while allowing one earned run.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Bermuda YAO Baseball Round Up
Angles - Cubs Action at the YAO Ball Park
The YAO Baseball Season continued at the YAO Ball Park, with the Cubs defeating the Angels 12-5.
Early pitching struggles and errors by the Angels helped the Cubs jump out to an early 6 run lead.
The Angels struggled at the plate, with 3 strong innings by Colin McCue, who struck out 7 and only surrendered 1 run.
The Cubs were led by Giovanni De Braga with 4 RBIís. The Angels battled back with 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th, but it was not enough to overcome the Cubs.