Adam Hall and his Canadian Junior National Team teammates are on a roll as they came away with a 6-5 win over the Dominican Summer League Rays.
After a scoreless first, the Rays opened the scoring in the second. Starter Jack DeCooman hit the first batter of the inning and the Rays used a sac bunt and groundout to advance the runner to third. With two out, a triple to centre easily scored the runner before a double that ricocheted off the third base bag and went for a double brought in the other run.
Victor Cerny came up with a clutch, bases clearing double to right in the fifth to put the Junior National Team in front, 3-2. Edouard Julien and Jason Willow both drew walks to start the frame before advancing a base on a well-executed sacrifice bunt from Dondrae Bremner.
After Archer Brookman walked to load the bases, the Rays caught a break with an infield fly before Cerny squared up a 1-1 pitch and drove it over the right fielder’s head.
Hall singled to right with two out in the sixth and moved into scoring position by swiping second base to set the table for Naylor who delivered a RBI single to right to put the juniors in front by two.
The juniors added two runs in the seventh, despite registering a hit, loading the bases on two walks and a hit by pitch before Brookman walked to score Julien. Damiano Palmegiani then lifted a fly ball to deep right field that allowed Jason Willow to easily tag and score from third.
The Rays scored two runs in the eighth to pull to within two. With two out a single and error put runners on the corners before a pair of base hits up the middle cashed in two.
A lead off single in the ninth - moved to third on a tremendous play from Noah Naylor at third base, who saved extra bases by diving to his right and firing to first baseman Dondrae Bremner for the out – scored on a sac fly but Abram was able to close the door to preserve the win.