FALL INSTRUCTS: Diodati homers in loss to Stetson
DELAND, Florida – The Junior National Team opened the annual Fall Instructional League Camp suffering a 20-1 loss to Stetson University at Melching Stadium.
Owen Diodati (Niagara Falls, ON) accounted for the only Junior National Team run of the ballgame with a solo home run in the eighth inning.
-The Hatters struck for three runs in the home half of the first inning loading the bases on an error, double and walk before a free pass issued by starter Justin Thorsteinson (Langley, BC) brought in the first run of the game while a fielder’s choice and RBI ground out accounted for the other two.
-In the third, a leadoff double came around to count on a single to left field before a double brought in another run to put the Hatters up by five.
-Noah Lalonde (Toronto, ON) took over for Thorsteinson in the fourth and ran into trouble issuing a pair of walks and a hit batter while the Hatters used a pair of doubles to go up by nine.
-In the seventh, with the Hatters up 16-0, a grand slam off reliever Viktor Bergeron (Terrebonne, QC) gave them a 20- lead.
-Owen Diodati provided the lone bright spot on offence for the Junior National Team in the eighth belting a solo home run over the fence in right field.
-Diodati’s home run was one of four Junior National Team hits on the afternoon with Dasan Brown (Oakville, ON), Micah McDowell (Coldbrook, NS) and J-C Masson (Lévis, QC) collecting the others.
-Masson added a pair of stolen bases
The Junior National Team will face a prospects squad from the Atlanta Braves’ organization on Monday at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista (1PM ET)…LHP Keegan Pulford-Thorpe (Newmarket, ON) is expected to start on the mound.