Spaniard’s Bay teen named to Team NL
Spaniard’s Bay teen named to provincial U-18 roster
Spaniard’s Bay’s Noah Wilson is headed to Quebec for the second straight year with Newfoundland and Labrador’s under-18 baseball squad. The tournament, set for Aug. 13-17 in Saguenay, Que., brings together some of the best amateur talent the country has to offer and is sure to be a challenge for Wilson and his teammates.
Sitting on a bullpen bench at the Julien-Morin Park-Coaticook ball field must’ve felt like the major league for Spaniard’s Bay’s Noah Wilson.
The then 16-year-old would sit there chomping on Big League Chew bubblegum or spitting the remnants of a handful of sunflower seeds onto the floor in anticipation of the hearing the shrill sound of the telephone hung a couple feet away at the park in Magog, Que.
On the other end would be Newfoundland and Labrador under-18 coach Scott Mercer. Coincidentally, Mercer was also his coach with the midget version of the Baseball CBN Bulldogs.
If Wilson were going in, he’d start warming up with the backup catcher. If he was next in line, he’d get loose with another relief pitcher.
That was the pitcher’s first experience with this province’s under-18 male baseball team and this year, he is hoping for more of the same.
“It was like being in the show,” Wilson told The Compass.
He was recently selected for his second go around with the team this summer. The Under18 Baseball Canada Championships tournament is scheduled for Aug. 13-17 in Sherbrooke, Que.
It is an experience Wilson is readily looking forward to. He considers the ballparks a highlight for his first go-around with the team.
“They were unreal,” said Wilson.
“They had tunnels running under the field and just felt like a major league park.”
Last year, Wilson was one of four players from Baseball CBN to suit up with the team.
This year, he is the lone player representing the region. Normally, one might be a bit apprehensive about getting to know a different group of players.
However, Wilson knows most of the names on the roster and is looking forward to heading back to La Belle Province with the group. That includes manager Kevin Higgins of Gander.
“They’re all great guys,” he said. “It’ll be fun.”
Wilson is a left-handed special- ist who likes to change speeds and work all parts of the strike zone with an arsenal that includes a fastball, change-up and a slider. “My arm angle won’t let me throw a curveball,” he said.
With that in mind, Wilson figures to be a key arm out the pen for Team NL and could provide a solid start should the coaches feel they need to create some matchup problems for opposing hitters.
“I’m not sure how it is going to work,” said Wilson.
“There might be more opportunity this year.”
Baseball, or any sport really, has the ability to take you places if you’re good enough and work hard enough. For Wilson, he’s toed the rubber on mounds in Quebec and Prince Edward Island. And, it is all because he is talented at throwing and hitting a ball with a nine-inch circumference.
“It’s been pretty cool to play in those places because of baseball,” he said.
One thing always strikes Wilson when he suits up for his home province at national tournaments. “The skill level the players have is unbelievable,” he said. “They make all of the plays cleanly and smoothly.
“And, the pitchers throw gas.”
Spaniard’s Bay’s Noah Wilson will be travelling to Sherbrooke, Que., for the Under-18 Baseball Canada Championships