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Sarnia's Jake Marks in Seoul South Korea with Junior National Team at World Championships

August 28, 2012

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Jake Marks of the Sarnia Midget Braves got the news he was hoping for on Monday as Baseball Canada announced today the final 20 - player Junior National Team roster that will represent Canada at the IBAF 18U World Championships August 30th - September 8th in Seoul, South Korea.

Players, coaches and staff will travel to Seoul Monday from Venice, Italy, where the team's final selection camp and International exhibition series was held August 20th - August 26th.
Canada will open the 12 - team tournament on August 30th against Panama at 5am ET at Mokdong Stadium in Seoul.
Canada will compete in Pool B where they will play a round -robin schedule against Panama, Japan, Italy, Chinese Taipei, and the Czech Republic.
Pool A consists of host South Korea, Australia, Columbia, Netherlands, USA, and Venezuela.
At the conclusion of the 1st round, the top 3 teams in each pool will play each other in crossover games. The teams will be seeded 1 - 6 with their 1st round record against teams in round 2 counting in the standings. Once round 2 is completed the top 2 seeds will play for gold, while 3rd and 4th place will play for bronze and the fifth and 6th seeds will meet in the 5th place match-up.
Canada is coming off a 4th place finish at the 2010 IBAF 18U World Championship that was held in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Canada's last medal at an IBAF 18U World Championship came in 2006 when a club led by Brett Lawrie ( Blue Jays ) defeated Mexico 6 - 2 to claim the bronze medal.
Marks has been told his role with the JNT will be as a starting pitcher, or in long relief with the team. At the conclusion of the tournament, Marks will take the 21hour trek from Seoul via L.A. and Detroit to Orono, Maine where he will begin his college career at the University of Maine with the Black Bears.







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