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Juniors Shutout Indians

  • May 26, 2008

BOCA CHICA, DR – The Junior National Team keeps on rolling at the Dominican Summer League camp.  All four pitchers for the Canadians were lights out and the offence once again provided an early lead as the Juniors would go on to beat the Cleveland Indians by a score of 7-0.

Stosh Wawrzasek (Langley, BC), Philippe Charpentier (l’Épiphanie, QC), François Lafrenière (St. Bruno, QC) and Brandon Petite (Glace Bay, NS) combined to shutout the Indians in this matchup.

Stosh Wawrzasek started on the mound for the Canadians and threw three solid innings.  He allowed only two hits, one walk and hit one batter while striking out a pair in his outing.

Philippe Charpentier followed in Wawrzasek’s footsteps by allowing only four hits with one going down on strikes over two innings of work.

François Lafrenière came in relief of Charpentier and gave the Indians hitters headaches as he give up only a pair of walks while fanning three over three innings on the hill.

Brandon Petite closed things out for the Canadians and threw a perfect one-two-three ninth inning.

Offensively, the Juniors opened the scoring in the first inning for the fifth time in six games.  This time Marcus Knecht (Toronto, ON) drove in the run bringing in Ivan Hartle (North Vancouver, BC), who reached with a leadoff double, to put Canada ahead by one.

The Canadians would put two more across in the fourth on the strength of Luke Willson’s (Lasalle, ON) first of two doubles on the day.  Willson’s double scored Michael Crouse (Port Moody, BC) who reached on a fielder’s choice.  Willson would later score on an error by the shortstop.

Willson, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI, hit his second double of the day as part of a four-run sixth inning.  His double drove in Marcus Knecht.  Jonathan Gilbert (St-Georges, QC) followed suit with a two-run single to plate Willson and Michael Crouse.  Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, ON) drove in Gilbert with a single to complete the scoring.

Next up for the Junior National Team is a matchup with the Minnesota Twins in Boca Chica on Tuesday, May 27.  Game time is 11 am.

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Juniors Sweep Mariners in Doubleheader on Power Surge from Brett Lawrie

  • May 24, 2008

BOCA CHICA, DR – Brett Lawrie continued on his torrid pace by displaying his power as he would combine to hit five home runs in the two games as the Junior National Team kept their good start going at the Dominican Summer League camp with a sweep of the Seattle Mariners in a doubleheader with a 8-5 win in game one and a 14-5 win in game two.

Lawrie (Langley, BC) , going 3-for-3 with three jacks and driving in six of the Canadians eight runs in the first game.  He went 2-for-5 with two long balls, three RBI and three runs scored in game two.

Jonathan Gilbert (St-Georges, QC) added to the power surge and had a solid gamein the second outing, going 1-for-4 with four RBI.  His one hit was a three-run homer.

On the mound, Evan Grills (Whitby, ON) started game one for the Juniors and threw three shutout innings, allowing only two hits while striking out six batters.

Nick Bucci (Sarnia, ON) started game two and had a solid outing, giving up only one hit and one walk in four shutout innings.  He also recorded six strikeouts.

Brandon Petite (Glace Bay, NS) closed things out on the mound in game two and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks and struck out five.

The Juniors once again scored early in the first game, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning.  The Canadians would add two more in each of the fourth, fifth and eighth innings to complete the scoring.

In game two, with the score even at 3-3, Canada’s offence exploded for five runs in the sixth inning, and again for four runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

The Junior National Team continues its Dominican tour with a game against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, May 24 in San Pedro de Macoris.  Game time is 11 am.

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Juniors Drop Nail-Bitter Against Angels

  • May 24, 2008

SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS, DR – The Junior National Team had a fourth win in a row within their grasp, but the Los Angeles Angels crossed the plate twice with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and surprise the Canadians with an 8-7 win.

The juniors were one out away from a fourth consecutive victory when the Angels notched a pair of singles followed by a double to score both runners and steal the win.

However, Brett Lawrie (Langley, BC) knocked his seventh home run of the camp, going 1-for-3 in the game with a two-run shot and three RBI, 18 in total so far.

The Canadians opened the scoring in the first inning for the third time in four games on Lawrie’s two-run bomb.

The Angels would strike back in the second inning with three runs against Canadian starter Brad Furdal (Ancaster, ON).  Four singles brought in the runs for Los Angeles

An error, a single and a pair of doubles allowed the Angels to add to their lead in the fifth inning against Nathan Linseman (Ariss, ON), scoring three times and increasing their lead to 6-2.

The Canadians would claw back and reduce the lead to one in the sixth inning when a pair of bases loaded walks to James Kottaras (Markham, ON) and Lawrie scored a pair.  Marcus Knecht (Toronto, ON) hit into a double play, but Ivan Hartle came in to score and make the score 6-5.

The Juniors took the lead in the eighth inning on a Kottaras two-run double, bringing to the plate Jeff Hunt (Cambridge, ON) and Hartle to put Canada ahead 7-6.

But that lead would be short lived as the Angels scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth for the win.

The Junior National Team will next take on the Texas Rangers on Sunday, May 25 in San Pedro de Macoris at 11 am.

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Juniors Run Over Yankees in Dominican Opener

  • May 22, 2008

BOCA CHICA, D.R. – The Junior National Team scored early and often in their Dominican Summer League camp opener and got solid pitching to shut down the New York Yankees in a 11-3 victory in the Dominican Republic.

Brett Lawrie (Langley, BC) led the way offensively going 3-for-4 with a home run and six RBI. Lionel Morrill (Edmonton, AB) also got three hits in this one, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI.

The Canadians opened the scoring out of the chute, putting three runs across in the first inning on Lawrie’s three-run homer.

The Juniors would add two more runs in the second inning on a sacrifice fly from Ivan Hartle (North Vancouver, BC), scoring Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, ON) and on a RBI single from Lawrie scoring Morrill from third.

Three more runs would come to score in the fourth inning, beginning with an RBI single from Morrill to score Tissenbaum from second, who reached on a walk. The second sacrifice fly of the game from Hartle would score Greg Densem (Toronto, ON) and Lawrie would once again drive in Morrill with an RBI single.

The Canadian offense would add two more in the sixth inning and one more in the eighth to complete their scoring.

That was more than what the pitching staff needed in this game. Danny Britton-Foster (Ladysmith, BC) started on the mound for Canada and threw two shutout innings, allowing only one hit and one walk with a pair of strikeouts.

Philippe Charpentier (l’Épiphanie, QC) followed suit and pitched a pair o shutout innings as well, giving up only two hits with two going down on strikes.

Stosh Wawrzasek (Langley, BC) and Mike Monster (Kelowna, BC) combined to close things out for the Juniors. Wawrzasek threw three innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a pair of walks with five strikeouts. Monster would allow one run on three hits and two walks with one punch out in two innings pitched.

Next up for the Junior National Team is a double-header with the Seattle Mariners on Friday, May 23 in Villa Mella with one game scheduled for nine innings and the second scheduled for seven. First pitch for the first game is set for 11 am.

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Stubby Clapp Will Join Canada at the Beijing Olympics

  • May 16, 2008

OTTAWA, ON – Stubby is back on board!

After reports that Clapp was denied permission to play for Canada at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Houston Astros have given the face of Canadian baseball the go-ahead to join the Canadian Senior National Team for the Olympic tournament.

“I’m very excited and very grateful,” says Clapp.  “I’m grateful to the Astros that they gave me this opportunity to write the final chapter of my playing career.  I’ll forever be in debt to them.”

"We are very pleased and appreciative of the Astros decision to allow us to have Stubby for the Games," says Greg Hamilton, Coach & Director of National Teams with Baseball Canada.  "His leadership and presence will be instumental in our quest for Olympic gold."

Clapp, who suited up for Canada at the Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Taiwan last March will now get a chance to join a team looking to win its first ever Olympic medal.

Furthermore, this will be a chance at redemption for the Windsor, Ontario native who was part of the Canadian Olympic Team that narrowly missed winning a medal in Athens in 2004, when Canada finished fourth.

“Being able to get this second chance is huge for me considering that this could be the last time baseball will be an Olympic sport,” mentions Clapp.  “I’m glad I get to represent my country one last time.”

The 35-year-old has been part of Baseball Canada’s National Teams Program since 1991 when he was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team.  Clapp has gone on to represent his country in numerous international tournaments since, including the 1999 Pan-Am Games, the 2006 World Baseball Classic and the aforementioned 2004 Olympic Games.

Clapp has also pieced together a remarkable professional career, including a 23 game stint in the Major Leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001.  He’s played nine affiliated seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays organizations and currently holds the position of Hitting Coach with the Class-A Lexington Legends in the Houston Astros organization.

Stubby Clapp - History with Baseball Canada

Year    Event                                                                          Location

1991    World Junior Baseball Championship               Brandon, MB
1994    Baseball World Cup                                               Nicaragua
1999    Pan-American Games                                           Winnipeg, MB
2003    America’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament        Panama
2004    Olympic Games                                                       Athens, Greece
2005    Baseball World Cup Qualifier                               Bradenton, FL
2005    Pan-American Pre-Olympic Qualifier                  Phoenix, AZ
2006    World Baseball Classic                                         United States
2006    America’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament        Cuba
2008    Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament                 Taiwan

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Baseball Canada Announces Junior National Team’s Dominican Camp Roster and Schedule

  • May 16, 2008

OTTAWA, ON - Baseball Canada has announced the Junior National Team’s roster and schedule for the annual Dominican Summer League Camp, which will take place from May 21-30 in the Dominican Republic.

The roster will feature 29 Canadian prospects, including Brett Lawrie (Langley, BC) and Carter Bell (Courtenay, BC).  The camp will serve as an evaluation of the team as it prepares for the World Junior Baseball Championship in Edmonton from July 25th-August 3rd, 2008.

The Junior National Team will take on Major League affiliated teams of the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies and Seattle Mariners.

For the complete roster and schedule of the Junior National Team, click here.

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Don Gilbert to be Enshrined in the Windsor/Essex Sports Hall of Fame

  • May 15, 2008

OTTAWA, ON – Long time baseball umpire with Baseball Canada and Baseball Ontario, Don Gilbert is one of seven who will be enshrined in the Windsor/Essex Sports Hall of Fame.

The Windsor native has been an umpire in the Baseball Canada’s national program since 1980 and is now the Umpire Supervisor with the baseball federation.

“I’m extremely honoured,” says Gilbert.  “That’s not supposed to happen to umpires,” he added jokingly.

The 59-year-old has been an umpire at the national level for all age groups, including the Baseball Canada Cup and the Canada Games.

He’s also garnered some international experience with appearances at the World Junior’s, World Cup, World University Games, Pan-Am Games and his personal favourite, the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

“The Olympics gave me a greater appreciation for professional umpires. The type of focus and concentration I had to do day in and day out for that tournament, it gave me a new found respect for professional umpires.”

Gilbert has been named Umpire of the Year by Baseball Canada, as well as provincially and internationally, but he always takes the time to acknowledge that he was not alone on his journey throughout his career.

“Something like this it always comes back to, not necessarily what I’ve done or where I’ve been, but who helped me to get there.  There are a lot of fond memories, a lot of friends in different places around the world.  That’s what it does for me.”

But Gilbert is far from done with the umpiring business.  Although his days as an umpire are basically over, he continues on as a supervisor.  Some upcoming adventures include being assistant-supervisor of umpires at the World Junior Baseball Championship in Edmonton this summer, as well as being the Head-Supervisor for the Women’s Baseball World Cup in August in Japan.

His selection in the Winsdor/Essex Sports Hall of Fame is certainly deserved; however Gilbert remains modest toward his honour.

“I can be here all day telling you stories about what I did, where I’ve been and all the people who’ve helped me along the way, but Baseball Ontario and Baseball Canada where the people who catapulted my career.”

The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on November 8th, 2008 at the Caboto Club in Winsdor.

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Carlin Debuts in Legend’s 350th Win

  • May 12, 2008

SAN DIEGO, CA – Luke Carlin could not have asked for a better Major League debut.  The Ottawa, ON native, who was recently called up from Triple-A Portland made his Major League debut on May 10th with the San Diego Padres against the Colorado Rockies.

But not only did Carlin get to start in his first Major League game, but he was in charge of catching the 350th career win of future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux.

However, Carlin says he wasn’t nervous catching the legendary pitcher, but he admitted that he was impressed with Maddux’s outing and that he was proud to be a part of a small moment in history.

There's nothing else like it. It's like all my dreams came true at once,” says Carlin in an interview with MLB.com. "It's a privilege, an honor.”

Although the rookie catcher would go 0-for-3 in his debut, Carlin was able to fulfill a life-long dream and be part of something special.

“How can anyone envision this?”

Carlin got the news of his promotion on May 9th while in Omaha with the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League.  Serving mostly as a backup in Triple-A, the 27-year-old says the news took him by surprise.

“It was one of the last things on my mind," remembers Carlin. "Obviously, I've always wanted to get here. But I didn't even think I was in the mix.  I wanted to play well and go about my business the right way.  I was shocked.”

Carlin was having a phenomenal start to the season.  Beyond his usual solid defence, he was hitting .387 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 11 games before the call up.

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Nominate a Youngster for the Rally Cap Player of the Week

  • May 12, 2008

OTTAWA, ON – Baseball Canada is now accepting nominations from all walks of life for the Rally Cap Player of the Week.

During the 2008 baseball season, Baseball Canada will recognize the achievements and improvements of our young baseball players enrolled in the Rally Cap Program. From now until August 2nd, Baseball Canada will select one player per province per week to share with the country their exploits.

“The Rally cap Player of the Week is a way to show how the kids are improving,” says André Lachance, Manager of Baseball Operations.  “The goal is not performance, but getting the fundamental skills of baseball.  We hope this will raise interest among the young players as well as get catch the curiosity of the communities who do not have the Rally Cap program in their area.”

Any parent, coach, administrator, fan or friend can nominate a young player each week. In order to do so, simply fill the nomination form making sure you include the player's picture in their Rally Cap.  The nomination form can be found on the home page of the website simply by clicking on the Rally Cap Player of the Week logo.

At the end of the season, Baseball Canada will draw at random from all the Player of the Week nominees it receives for a trip for two to Toronto which includes transportation, one night hotel accommodations, two tickets for two Blue Jays games and two official Baseball Canada hats.

The purpose of Rally Cap is to create an environment in which children and adults can have fun with baseball; teach baseball skills, rules and strategy to our players; model and teach competitiveness with an emphasis on good sportsmanship and promote increased self esteem among Rally Cap children and adults.

Do not wait any longer.  Nominate a youngster for the Rally Cap Player of the Week today!

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Votto’s Three-Homer Game Ties Canadian Mark

  • May 08, 2008

CINCINNATI, OH – Joey Votto of Toronto, ON launched three home runs, tying a Canadian record in a 9-0 win by his Cincinnati Reds over the Chicago Cubs.

The Reds first baseman joins Justin Morneau and Larry Walker to become the only Canadians to hit three homers in a Major League game.  Morneau accomplished the feat in Chicago on July 6, 2007.  Walker turned the trick three times, first in Montreal on April 5, 1997, then on April 28, 1999 in St. Louis and finally in Cleveland on June 25, 2004.

“I’m like a kid,” says Votto in an interview with the Canadian Press.  “I thought it was cool.”

“Sometimes you have games like this and you don’t know why things go so well.  You kind of go with the flow.”

In total, the Reds hit seven home runs in the game, four of them in the second inning alone against Jon Lieber.  Lieber became only the second Cubs pitcher in team history to give up four homers in an inning.

The former Senior National Team member, who never hit more than one homer in a game before this one, got things started in that big second inning. His second dinger came in the fifth off of Sean Marshall and he would complete the trifecta an inning later with a two-run bomb against Sean Gallagher.

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