ONTARIO BLUE JAYS SPRING TRAINING
Game #1 - Montgomery College - Rockville
No score until the bottom half of the 2nd. The Ontario Blue Jays Under 18 struck first when Julian Service (Graduation 2012/Hometown Whitby) walked and then stole second base. Lucas Italiano (2012/Richmond Hill) walked. Then Rahul Badve (2012/Mississauga) grounded up the middle to score Service from third. 1-0 Jays after two. The OBJ's broke the game open in the 4th. Jason Freeman (2012/Mississauga) reached on an infield single. Julian Service (2012/Whitby) doubled to score Freeman all the way from first. Then Lucas Italiano (2012/Richmond Hill) blooped a single over short stop to put men on the corners with no one out. With one out James Park (2012/Etobicoke) sliced a single up the middle to score Freeman and Italiano. Nick Skillins (2012/Aurora) singled home Park, advanced to second on the throw to home, and then stole third. Derek Jones (2012/Brampton) doubled to the gap in right centre to score Skillins, and then stole third. Ryan White popped out deep to centre field but it was enough to score Skillins. 7-0 Jays at the end of 4 innings. Montgomery College - Rockville managed to pick up one run in their half of the fifth inning but the Jays came right back in their half of the inning. Jason Freeman (2012/Mississauga) started things off with a rainbow that landed at the bottom of the left field fence but resulted in a lead off triple. Lucas Italiano (2012/Richmond Hill) sacrifice fly to shallow left field but it was enough to score Freeman. 8-1 Jays at the end of 5. They added one more in the 6th to make the final 9-1 Ontario Blue Jays 18 Under.
The win evens their record to 3-3.
Game #2 - Academie du Baseball Canada
This was a rematch of a game played Monday morning in which the Ontario Blue Jays Under 18 shutout the ABC. This time is was ABC that got off to a quick score scoring their first run of the game in the first inning. But their big inning was the 3rd when they added another 5 runs to take a 6-0 lead after 3. The OBJ Under 18's came to life in the 5th inning scoring twice but that was all they could manage in a 6-2 loss to the Academie du Baseball Canada. Garrett Ferguson (2012/Brampton) led the way going 2 for 3 at the plate while scoring one of the runs.
The loss drops their OBJ Under 18 record to 3 wins - 4 losses.
18 Under Schedule for Wednesday, March 14
The first game of the day has the OBJ Under 18 take on Riverland College at 9am at the Stadium of Vero Beach Sports Village.
Then it's on the bus for a ride to take on the University of Florida Gators at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. Florida is the #1 ranked team in the nation.