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Pineau invited to Team Canada's Dominican Tour

Thunder Bay right-hander is still in the running for a spot on Canada's national junior team for the U18 World Baseball Championship.
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Jack Pineau

TORONTO -- Jack Pineau is one step closer to making Canada's national junior baseball team.

The Thunder Bay pitcher was one of 30 players who made the cut and earned an invitation to attend the junior national team's Dominican Academy Tour, an 11-day schedule of 16 games that's slated to begin on May 11.

They'll take on professional players taking part in the Dominican Summer League this season, representing a host of major league teams, including San Diego, Texas, Boston, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Toronto.

“From a junior national team program perspective, we’re really looking forward to resuming the Dominican Academy Tour after missing out the last two years,” said director of national teams and head coach Greg Hamilton, in a release issued by Baseball Canada.

“The tour is a valuable component of our program both from player and team development aspects.”

Pineau impressed during last month's spring camp, tossing seven innings over three appearances, allowing one run on six hits and three walks, while striking out four.

Left-handed pitcher Félix Morin of Quebec has been added to the Junior National Team roster while all other players named to the roster participated in the spring training camp last month in West Palm Beach.

Leith Dunick

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A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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