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Braves Shutout National Junior Team

Baseball Canada’s national junior team prospects ran into tough pitching, Friday, in a 10-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves instructional team at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida.

Marc Bourgeois’ (Granby, Qué) 2-for-3 effort at the plate couldn’t spark Canada’s offence as Chad Stang (Surrey, B.C.) was the only other Canadian to collect a hit.

Atlanta did most of its damage in a five-run fourth inning where six hits, including a two-run homerun, and one error allowed the Braves to take a 7-0 lead. Atlanta scored solo markers in the first two innings and added three more in the sixth.

Daniel Lazarou (Newmarket, Ont.), Corey Pappel (Mississauga, Ont.), and Ryan Kennedy (Calgary, Alta.) no-hit the Braves over the final three frames – Lazarou pitching the seventh, Pappel the eighth and Kennedy closing out the game.

Starter Olivier Routhier-Paré (Montréal, Qué.), and Kyle Lotzkar (Delta, B.C.) gave up five runs each over the first six innings.

Canada’s next match-up comes against the Stetson University Hatters, Sunday, at 2 p.m. in Deland, Florida.