Youth learns from fu­ture Ma­jor Lea­guers

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A pas­sion for base­ball landed a 10-year-old Cape Bre­ton boy on the diamond with some of the best col­le­giate play­ers in the United States. Through word of mouth, the head hon­cho of the New­port Gulls Base­ball Club heard of Ja­cob Dove’s love of all things base­ball and in­vited the Ge­orges River young­ster to the team’s an­nual sum­mer camp pro­gram in Rhode Is­land. The Gulls play in the New Eng­land Col­le­giate Base­ball League that is con­sid­ered to be the premier sum­mer col­lege base­ball or­ga­ni­za­tion in the U.S., with many play­ers go­ing on to star in the ma­jor leagues. Ja­cob’s fa­ther, Wil­fred, said it was an ex­pe­ri­ence the young player will never for­get: “Ja­cob will be the first per­son to tell you he is not the best player on his lo­cal team, but be­cause of his pas­sion for the game of base­ball he was lucky enough to be se­lected to go to New­port and he took ad­van­tage of his op­por­tu­nity.” Not only did Ja­cob at­tend the base­ball de­vel­op­ment camp, he also spent lots of time with the Gulls play­ers and coaches and even threw the cer­e­mo­nial first pitch at a Gulls game.

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