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Corner Brook prospects for provincial 17U baseball team ready to put it on the line at final training camp


One final chance to shine.

A time to show the coaching staff they deserve a spot on the team.

That’s what’s on the line this weekend for prospects for the Newfoundland and Labrador U17 male baseball team who are gathering in Corner Brook for one final training camp.

The process started with 36 players, but was eventually cut down to 24 players, all of whom will be vying for a spot on the team this weekend at Jubilee Field.

The roster will be whittled down to 18 after the weekend camp so this will be an exciting time for eight young baseball players from the west coast to show what they got.

The team will represent the province at two showcase baseball tournaments this summer — The Toronto 12 in Toronto and the Baseball Canada Cup.

The Star talked to the hopefuls from Corner Brook before heading into the final weekend of training.

Question: What do you have to do on the final weekend of tryouts to crack the 18-man roster for the provincial U17 male baseball team?

Ryan Park

Hometown: Irishtown-Summerside

Age: 16

Parents: Kelly and Rodney Park

Position: right-handed pitcher/third baseman

Career highlight: Winning a silver medal against the St. John’s Capitals at the 2017 provincial midget A baseball tournament

Answer: I just have to work 150 per cent every time I step onto the field. I have to listen what the coaches have to say and keep my attitude at a positive level.

Aaron Purcell-Pilgrim

Hometown: Corner Brook

Age: 18 (overager, two allowed for team)

Parents: Colin and Dana Pilgrim

Position: Left-handed pitcher/first baseman

Career Highlight: Throwing a no-hitter against the St. John’s Capitals during a midget qualifier tournament in 2017

Answer: I need to pitch a really good game whenever they need me to pitch and hopefully have a few good hits, too.

Andrew Flood

Hometown: Corner Brook

Age: 16

Parents: Ed and Leanna Flood

Position: shortstop/pitcher/outfielder

Career Highlight: Playing for Team NL male baseball team at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg

Answer: I have to play my hardest and try not to mess up when I’m playing. I just have to focus on playing baseball and don’t let anything distract me.

Kyle Brown

Hometown: Corner Brook

Age: 16

Parents: Terry and Kelly Brown

Position: catcher

Career Highlight: Playing for Team NL at 2016 national U15 male baseball championships

Answer: Consistency is key for me. I just need to hit the ball consistently hard. I need to be accurate with my throw into second base and just make sure I’m trying to keep everything in front of me.

Cole Porter

Hometown: Mount Moriah

Age: 17

Parents: Brad and Tina Porter

Position: Outfielder

Career Highlight: Representing the province at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg as a member of the provincial male baseball team

Answer: I got to be able to play fair, have a good attitude and just have fun. I need to play my normal game. Just don’t get down on myself and go out and show the coaches I’m capable of being on this team.

Braden Lockyer

Hometown: Corner Brook

Age:16

Parents: Cory and Holly Lockyer

Position: outfielder/pitcher

Career Highlight: Earning a spot on the provincial U15 male baseball team in 2016

Answer: For me to improve my chances this weekend I really think I just have to give my best effort. I have to make sure I make contact with the ball, make sure I’m making all my throws perfectly and making sure I try my hardest and show what I can do to all the coaches.

Brogan Walsh

Hometown: Corner Brook

Age:15

Parents: Geordie and Jacqui Walsh

Position: Second baseman/pitcher

Career Highlight: Going away to prep school at Newbridge Academy in Nova Scotia to pursue his passion for baseball

Answer: I think I need to have good quality innings when I’m pitching and I definitely need to have some strong at-bats.

Nick Park

Hometown: Gillams

Age: 17

Parents: Julie Park and Mark Brake

Position: Outfield

Career Highlight: In 2015 was named top hitter in the bantam provincials.

Answer: It’s going to be tough (to make the team), but I’m going to have to solid at the plate and just play a good defensive game. I’m not quite as nervous this time around.

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