PBR Ontario Spotlight Game: Ontario Nationals 18u vs Toronto Mets 17u



By Chase Hadden
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PBR Ontario Spotlight Game: Ontario Nationals 18u vs Toronto Mets 17u

AJAX- Sunday was a cold, breezy day at Pan Am Park that brought a good pitching matchup between the Ontario Nationals 18U against the Toronto Mets 17U. It was a close and exciting game that came down to the wire and finished in a 2-2 tie.

The Nationals sent 2017 right-handed pitcher and 21st ranked prospect in Ontario’s 2017 class Jordan Bahnuk to the mound. After a three up, three down first, Bahnuk got into some trouble in the second by giving up three consecutive hits, but 2016 catcher Colton Fountain was superb behind the plate throwing out a pair of would-be base stealers and stranding a runner on third. Fountain also picked off two runners at second during the third and sixth innings.

2016 shortstop Carson Burns lead off the Nationals third inning with a double to right and came around to score the first of two runs in the frame.

2017 right-hander Kyle Smyth started for the Mets. After a clean first inning, he had to dig deep and battle for the next two as he seemed to have some difficulty with his command allowing two runs on two hits, two strikeouts, while walking four.

The Mets bullpen came through for Smyth over the final four innings from 2017 RHP Luke Hallarn and 2017 left-hander Ben Brown, as they held the Nationals to one hit.

Down two in the seventh, 2017 shortstop Dondrae Bremner lead off the inning with a base hit to right and came around to score. 2017 infielder Michael Rourke line a single up the middle to move 2017 left-handed hitting catcher Liam Hicks to third who reached base on a walk and scored the tying run on a wild pitch.

Despite allowing two runs in the seventh, Bahnuk went the distance giving up seven hits and struck out five.

Top Performers on the Day

Linescore

Ontario Nationals     002 000 0- 2 3 0
Toronto Mets             000 000 2- 2 7 2

Nationals pitching: Jordan Bahnuk (Complete game, 2 runs, 7 hits, 5 strikeouts, 2 walks)

Mets pitching: Kyle Smyth (3 innings, 2 runs, 2 hits, 2 strikeouts, 4 walks)
Others: Luke Hallarn, Ben Brown