Lawrie and Larsson Named to World Championship All-Star Team

  • September 28, 2006

The first two hitters in Baseball Canada’s bronze medal-winning line-up at the World Junior Championships have been named to the tournament all-star team. Lead-off man Brett Lawrie (Langley, B.C.) and two-hole hitter Chase Larsson (Vancouver, B.C.) were two of the three outfielders to be selected to the squad following the end of the championship yesterday. Lawrie, Canada’s left fielder hit .415 with 4 doubles, 2 homeruns, 7 RBI, and 9 runs scored over eight games in addition to posting a .699 slugging percentage and collecting 27 total bases. With the centre fielder, Larsson, hitting directly behind Lawrie, Canada had a deadly one-two punch at the top of their order. Larsson hit .350 with 2 doubles, 5 RBI, 8 runs scored and 16 total bases in the tournament. Other top performers for Canada included right fielder Shayne Willson (Surrey, B.C.) who hit .379 with 4 RBI, catcher Jordan Wideman (Mississauga, Ont.) who hit .358 with 5 RBI, as well as pitchers Cory Hall (Regina, Sask.), Drew Parker (Surrey, B.C.) and Sheldon McDonald (Spruce Grove, Alta.). Hall was 2-0 with 15 strikeouts and a 1.13 ERA in 16 innings of work while Parker threw 11.2 scoreless innings with 7 strikeouts to post a 1-0 record. McDonald was equally effective, going 1-0 with 5 strikeouts and a 1.36 ERA in 13.0 innings pitched.  All-Star Team Catcher: Kyle Botha – South Africa1st Base: Doo Hwann Lee – Korea2nd Base: Christian Colon – United States3rd Base: Dayan Viciedo – CubaShortstop: Xavier Gonzalez – SpainOutfield: Dariel Alvarez – CubaOutfield: Brett Lawrie – CanadaOutfield: Chase Larsson – CanadaDesignated Hitter: Leandro Lamadrid – CubaRight-handed pitcher: Freddy A. Alvarez – CubaLeft-handed pitcher: Yang Hyeon Jong – Korea.  

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Canada Wins Bronze Medal at World Junior Championships

  • September 27, 2006

Baseball Canada’s three-run eighth inning helped put away Mexico 6-2 today to win the bronze medal at the World Junior AAA Championships in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. With Canada leading 3-2 going into their half of the eighth, a single by Kyle Orr (Victoria, B.C.) and walks to Jordan Wideman (Mississauga, Ont.) and David Narodowski (Vancouver, B.C.) loaded the bases. Orr then scored on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Gilligan (Toronto, Ont.) to make it 4-2 before Brett Lawrie smacked a 2-RBI single to go ahead 6-2. Reliever Drew Parker (Surry, B.C.), Canada’s third pitcher of the day came into the game with one out and the tying run on second base, but induced two straight ground outs to preserve Canada’s 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the eighth. Gilligan scored Narodowski from first with a double to left-centre field in the bottom of the sixth for the eventual winning run. For the second straight day, Canada opened the scoring before the opposition registered an out. Lead off man Brett Lawrie (Langley, B.C.) and Chase Larsson (Vancouver, B.C.) both singled and scored on double by Jonathan Waltenbury (Bowmanville, Ont.) for an early 2-0 lead. Mexico came back to tie the game 2-2 thanks to an RBI single by Noris Rogelio in the fourth inning and a lead-off homerun deep down the left field line by Angel Ramirez in the sixth inning. Cory Hall (Regina, Sask.) got the win for Canada going seven innings strong while giving up the two Mexican runs behind eight hits, one walk and five strikeouts in replacement of starter Mehdi Djebbar who faced four batters in the first inning. Lawrie was 2-for-5 with 2 RBI, Gilligan was 1-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI and Waltenbury was 1-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI to do most of the damage for Canada. The Bronze medal is Canada’s fifth-ever medal at the World Junior AAA Championships and its first since 1997. Baseball Canada also took the gold medal in 1991 as well as the bronze medal in 1983, 1987 and 1997. Box Score

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Korea Stumps Canadian Juniors in World Championship Semi-final

  • September 26, 2006

Baseball Canada’s national junior team had no answer for Korean pitchers today in a 6-1 loss to Korea at the World Junior Championships semi-final in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. Canada managed only four hits against Hyeon Jong Yang, Kwang Hyun Kim, Jae Gon Lee and Tae Hoon Im. Although Korea wasn’t swinging the bat all that well either, they were able to pull out their second straight win at the championship with only seven hits in two days. Hyeon Jon Yang gave up the only Canadian run when lead-off man Brett Lawrie (Langley, B.C.) took a first pitch fastball over the left-field wall to open the scoring in the bottom of the first, but Korea countered on an RBI fielder’s choice from Sun Bin Kim after starter Phillippe Aumont (Gatineau, Qué.) walked two hitters and beaned another to load the bases in the top of the second. Korea never looked back. Korea took its first lead of the game when first baseman Doo Hwan Lee got the green light on a 3-0 count and crushed a two-run blast to left field to put his team up 3-1 in the top of the fifth inning. The Koreans extended their lead to three runs the next inning after Canadian starter Phillippe Aumont (Gatineau, Qué.) walked the lead off batter and reliever Sheldon McDonald (Spruce Grove, Alta.) issued the second walk of the inning to put Korean runners on first and third. Korea then put on the double steal where the trailing runner got caught in a rundown between first and second allowing the lead runner to score from third for a 4-1 lead. Canada issued seven walks and committed three errors as Korea continued to slowly gain momentum, scoring once more in the seventh and once more in the eighth to go ahead 6-1. Meanwhile, the Korean pitchers were keeping Canada’s offence at bay and Kwang Hyun Kim got the win in relief by allowing only 1 hit in 4.2 innings of work. Aumont was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs on three hits, five walks and three strikeouts. McDonald gave up one earned run behind three hits, two walks and two strikeouts in relief. Canada will now face Mexico in the bronze medal game tomorrow at 2 p.m. EST, while the United States and Korea will face off for the gold. Box Score

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One-hitter Sends Canada to World Junior Championship Semi-final

  • September 25, 2006

James Paxton (Delta, B.C.), Leslie Williams (Scarborough, Ont.) and Drew Parker (Surrey, B.C.) combined for a one-hitter in a 5-3 win over Panama, today, in quarter final action at the World Junior AAA Championships in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. Paxton, who started the game for Canada, no-hit Panama over the first 2.1 innings of work before being replaced by Williams. Williams was tagged for two earned runs after allowing four of 11 walks handed out by Canadian pitchers and the lone Panamanian hit – an RBI single from lead-off man Ruben Tehada that cut the Canadian lead to 5-3 in the fourth inning. However, Parker earned the win in relief by no-hitting Panama and striking out five hitters over the final 5.1 innings and send Canada to a semi-final match-up against Korea, tomorrow at 2 p.m. EST. First baseman Kyle Orr (Victoria, B.C.,) helped Canada jump out to an early 5-0 lead as Canada scored three runs in the first inning and two more in the third. Orr was 1-for-2 with a homerun, 3 RBI and 1 run scored. Shayne Willson (Surrey, B.C.) was 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored, Jonathan Waltenbury (Bowmanville, Ont.) was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored, Jordan Wideman (Mississauga, Ont.) was 2-for-3 with 1 RBI and Mark Ellis (Maple Ridge, B.C.) was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Canada now has its sights set on Korea for tomorrow’s semi-final match-up. Despite collecting only two base hits, Korea beat Chinese Taipei 1-0 yesterday to earn the right to face Canada. On the other side of the bracket, the United States upset the host Cuban squad to draw Mexico in the other semi-final. Mexico beat the Netherlands 5-3 to keep their hopes alive.  The match-up will be the second of the tournament between the two teams after Mexico surprised the U.S. 3-0 on the second day of the Championship. Box Score

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Canadian Juniors Clinch First Place and Quarter Final Berth

  • September 22, 2006

Baseball Canada’s national junior team beat Italy 10-0 today, to finish atop the Pool B standings and move onto the quarter finals at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Ciego de Avila, Cuba. Jonathan Waltenbury (Bowmanville, Ont.) got the ball rolling with a solo homerun in the bottom of the first and Canada never looked back, shutting the Italians out in eight innings thanks to the international 10-run mercy rule. The Canadians scored twice in the fourth, twice in the fifth and three times in the sixth to extend their lead before scoring solo markers in the seventh and eighth innings. Waltenbury went 2-for-3 with the homerun, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored while Chris Dennis (Windsor, Ont.) continued his hot streak by going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and one run scored to pace the Canadians. Meanwhile, starter Cory Hall (Regina, Sask.) overpowered the Italian hitters over seven innings of work, giving up only three hits and striking out 7 to earn the win.  Mehdi Djebbar (Montréal, Qué.) struck out two in the final frame to close out the game. Chase Larsson (Vancouver, B.C.) was 3-for-5 with 3 runs scored, Shayne Willson (Surrey, B.C.) was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and Kyle Gilligan (Toronto, Ont.) was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. Canada now awaits its next opponent, which will be the fourth place team from Pool A. The two teams will battle Sunday at 2 p.m. EST for a spot in the semi finals. Box Score Standings: In the sidebar on the left, click on "Posiciones B"  

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Unearned Run Lifts U.S. Over Canadian Juniors

  • September 21, 2006

Baseball Canada’s national junior team narrowly missed out on an opportunity to drop the United States to 0-3 at the World Junior Championships yesterday after an unearned run lifted the Americans to a 2-1 win. The winning run was the second of a two-run fifth inning for the U.S. after Canada had taken an early 1-0 lead when a sacrifice fly from David Narodowski (Vancouver, B.C.) score Mark Ellis (Maple Ridge, B.C.) in the second inning. Despite throwing well, Canadian starter James Paxton (Delta, B.C.) found himself on the wrong end of a tight pitchers duel, being tagged with the loss after giving up only one earned run behind three hits, two walks and three strikeouts over the first 4.1 innings. American starter Neil Ramirez earned the win for the Americans, striking out seven Canadians and allowing only two hits and the lone Canadian run before being replace with one out in the sixth inning. Canadian Drew Parker was solid in relief, blanking the Americans over the final 4.2 innings, but Canada’s bats were held silent after scoring over 22 runs in their first two games of the tournament. Ellis, Jordan Wideman (Mississauga, Ont.), Kyle Gilligan (Toronto, Ont.) and Brett Lawrie (Langley, B.C.) were all 1-for-3 while Chase Larsson was 1-for-5 to collect Canada’s hits. Canada’s (2-1) next match-up comes against undefeated Chinese Taipei (3-0) this afternoon at 2 p.m.  EST. Box Score: In the sidebar on the left, click on "Resultados de Los Juegos" then click on Game #17.B = At Bats; C = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Homeruns; CI = RBI; 0 = Outs; A = Assists; E = Errors Standings: In the sidebar on the left, click on "Posiciones B."JJ = Games Played; JG = Wins; JP = Losses; AVE = Winning percentage; DIF = Games Back; VS = Visiting Team; HC = Home Team  

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Canada Hands Chinese Taipei First Loss at World Juniors

  • September 21, 2006

Baseball Canada’s national junior team vaulted back into first place in Pool B at the World Junior AAA Championships in Ciego de Avila, Cuba, today thanks to a convincing 8-1 victory over previously unbeaten Chinese Taipei. Both teams now sit at 3-1 with one round-robin game remaining in the tournament, but Canada would get the nod over Chinese Taipei virtue of today’s win. Sheldon McDonald (Spruce Grove, Alta.) was impressive for Canada as a powerful Chinese Taipei offence had no answer for the Canadian starting pitcher. McDonald went eight innings strong while giving up only one earned run behind seven hits, two strikeouts and only one walk. While McDonald was throwing seeds, Canada’s hitters were seeing beach balls, clobbering 15 hits on route to yet another big offensive game.  Out of the lead off spot, Brett Lawrie was the catalyst, going 5-for-5 with a double, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored, while catcher Jordan Wideman followed suit by going 3-for-4 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. Eight of the nine Canadian hitters collected at least one base hit.  Mark Ellis (Maple Ridge, B.C.) was 2-for-3 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored and Kyle Orr (Victoria, B.C.) was 1-for-4 with 2 RBI. Chase Larsson (Vancouver, B.C.), Jonathan Waltenbury (Bowmanville, Ont.), Shayne Willson (Surrey, B.C.) and David Narodowski had a base hit each. Leslie Williams (Scarborough, Ont.) threw a hitless ninth inning to cap off a great outing by Canada. Canada’s (3-1) final round-robin match-up comes tomorrow afternoon against an upstart Italian squad (2-2). Game time is scheduled for 10 a.m. EST. Box Score:  In the side bar on the left-hand side, click on "Resultados de Los Juegos" Standings: In the sidebar on the left-hand side, click on “Posiciones B.”  

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No Spain, No Gain – Canada moves to 2-0 at World Juniors

  • September 20, 2006

Baseball Canada’s national junior team now sits in a tie for first place in Pool B action at the World Junior AAA Championships in Ciego de Avila, Cuba after coasting to a 12-4 win over Spain yesterday. Spain’s 1-0 lead in the second inning was short lived as Canada opened the flood gates with a two-run third inning, a three-run fourth and a four run fifth to stymie the Spaniards. Canada’s youngest player, second baseman Brett Lawrie (Langley, B.C.) was 4-for-6 with a homerun, a double, 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored to spark the Canadians. Chase Larsson (Vancouver, B.C.) was 2-for-4 and also drove in three runs while Jonathan Waltenbury (Bowmanville, Ont.) was 2-for-3 with 1 RBI, Shayne Willson (Surrey, B.C.) was 1-for-4 with 2 RBI and Leslie Williams (Scarborough, Ont.) was 1-for-4 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. The win helped Canada improve to 2-0 and a share of the top-spot in their pool, along with Chinese Taipei. The top four teams from each pool will advance to the quarter finals. Southpaw Michael Goemans (Guelph, Ont.) earned the win in relief by striking out five Spanish batters and allowing four hits over 3.2 innings of work. Starter Kyle Orr (Victoria, B.C.) was replaced with one out in the fifth inning after having allowed four runs on seven hits and four strikeouts.  Mehdi Djebbar (Montréal, Qué.) struck out two of the batters he faced in the ninth inning to close out the victory. Canada (2-0) will look to remain undefeated, today, against a hungry United States (0-2) team who lost their two first games of the tournament to Mexico and Chinese Taipei. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. EST. Standings POOL  B                                                 POOL A Canada                 2-0                        Cuba                  2-0Chinese Taipei    2-0                        Australia            1-1Mexico                    1-1                        Korea                 1-1Italy                         1-1                        Netherlands      1-1United States        0-2                        Panama             1-1Spain                      0-2                        South Africa       0-2  

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Aumont Brilliant for Canada in Marathon Win Over Mexico

  • September 19, 2006

Phillippe Aumont (Gatineau, Qué.), was a one-man wrecking crew, leading Canada to a 10-6 win over Mexico in 13 innings, yesterday, in the tournament opener for both teams at the World Junior AAA Championships in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. Aumont was called on to throw in relief with the score tied at 6-6 in the bottom of the ninth inning. The 6’7” right-hander struck out seven and allowed only one hit over the next five innings in addition to crushing a two-run homerun to highlight a four-run 13th inning that gave Canada their first win of the tournament. Mexico scored all six of their runs in the second inning. Only two were earned as four Canadian errors allowed Mexico to take an early lead. Shayne Willson (Surrey, B.C.) was 4-for-5 with 1 RBI, Jordan Wideman (Mississauga, Ont.) was 1-for-4 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored and David Narodowski (Vancouver, B.C.) was 1-for-4 with 2 RBI and 1 run scored to pace the Canadian attack. Brett Lawrie (Langley, B.C.) and Chase Larsson (Vancouver B.C.) were both 2-for-7 with 1 run scored. Including Aumont, six Canadian pitchers were used in the lengthy battle. Starter Michael Goemans (Guelph, Ont.) gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits over the first 1.1 innings of play.  Cory Hall (Regina, Sask.) gave up two unearned runs over the next two innings before Leslie Williams (Scarborough, Ont.), Drew Parker (Surrey, B.C.) and Sheldon McDonald (Spruce Grove, Alta.) shut-down the Mexican offence until the ninth inning where Aumont took over. Canada will look to improve to 2-0 in the tournament when they face Spain this afternoon at 1 p.m. EST.  

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Canada Edged by Professional Cuban Team

  • September 14, 2006

Baseball Canada’s national junior team had a comeback effort fall just short yesterday as they dropped a 3-2 decision to Sancti Spiritus of the Cuban Professional League. Kyle Orr homered in the fifth inning while Mark Ellis scored on an error in the eighth for Canada, but Sancti Spiritus held on in the ninth for the narrow victory. Canada’s pitching was solid for the second straight day. After starter Michael Goemans worked the first four innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits, Matt Jebb, Mehdi Djebbar and Cameron Gray shutout Cuba the rest of the way while only giving up one hit. The Cubans took the lead early in the first when a lead-off double and two singles enabled Sancti Spiritus to score twice. The winning run was scored in the fourth inning behind a single, a stolen base, a sacrifice fly and a pass ball. Orr, Ellis and Jordan Wideman collected Canada’s only hits. The Canadian juniors then lost their third straight games to the Cuban junior national team today, 7-1. The Canadians scored their only run in the first when Chase Larsson drew a walk to lead off the inning and was later cashed in by a fielder’s choice by Jonathan Waterbury. Cuba’s attack came in bunches and extremely efficient once again, scoring four times in the first inning and three more times in the third on only 8 hits. Carlos Mesa hit a towering two-run homerun for the Cubans in the first inning to jump start his team’s offence. After using the long ball to get ahead, Cuba took advantage of three walks and only one single to score three more to pad their lead in the third inning. James Paxton struggled as Canada’s starter going 2.1 innings and allowing 6 runs behind 3 hits, 4 walks and 1 wild pitch.  Leslie Williams gave up Cuba’s final run in his 2.1 innings which saw him give up four hits, walk four batters and strike out one. Mehdi Djebbar, Cory Hall and Sheldon McDonald pitched shutout ball and gave up only one hit over the final 5.1 innings.

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