Brogan Walsh will spend the summer honing his baseball skillset in Nova Scotia.
The Corner Brook native, who will turn 16 on June 28, spent the winter working on his game as student at Newbridge Academy, a private school in Dartmouth, N.S., that is always looking for budding baseball players to fill its prep school rosters.
Walsh would normally spend the summer months on the friendly confines of Jubilee Field as a member of a Barons representative team, but he has a chance to improve his game with more baseball on his hands, so he’s going to take full advantage of it while he can.
Newbridge Academy is putting together a showcase team to train and play together for a few months before embarking on a road trip to New England for a showcase tournament against some pretty talented 17U baseball teams sprinkled with pro prospects.
He believes this opportunity will be great for him because it will mean more baseball than he would have got if he stayed home in Corner Brook.
“If I was here I wouldn’t be doing much, so I think it would be more beneficial to go up there because I practice a lot more and I get to play a lot more games,” Walsh said Thursday.
Walsh was a late cut from the Newfoundland and Labrador 17U male baseball team a few weeks ago and he admits it stung.
He was disappointed he didn’t make it, but he’s already accepted it for what it is and believes it could be the fuel to provide motivation for him to work harder toward his goals.
“I’m just trying to move on. It’s not the end of the world, really, but I will use it as motivation going forward,” he said.
He will return to Newbridge Academy in the fall to continue his studies and work on being the best player he can be.