Three Former OBJ Win Silver at Pan-Am
Over the past two weeks the Canadian Senior National Baseball team has been competing in Lima, Peru trying to defend their Gold Medal at the 2019 Pan-America Games. Representing Canada was three former Ontario Blue Jays players, RHP Jordan Balazovic (Mississauga, ON), RHP RJ Freure (Burlington, ON) and 3B Eric Wood (Toronto, ON).
All three played pivotal roles for Ernie Whitt's Canadian team's success in the tournament. Starting Third-Baseman Eric Wood, who currently plays for the AAA Indianapolis Indians, lead the way offensively going 9-for-24 (.375), with 6 Runs Scored, 4 RBI, and 2 Walks while starting in all 6 games. Right-Handed Pitcher Jordan Balazovic, current member of the A-Advanced Fort Myers Miracle, contributed 3 2/3 Innings with a strikeout in an appearance against Cuba. Lastly, Right-Handed Pitcher RJ Freure, currently playing with the Quad Cities River Bandits, had two appearances including a start in the Gold Medal Game against Puerto Rico. Freure threw 5 Innings, without allowing a run against and striking out 11.
Canada finished with a 3-1 Round Robin record, before defeating Nicaragua 10-0 in the Semi-Finals. Canada ended up falling to Puerto Rico in the Gold Medal Game by a score of 6-1. Congratulations to Jordan, RJ and Eric on a well deserved Pan-American Games Silver Medal!