CBN pair ready for baseball nationals
Parsons, Adams added to NL under-15 team
The first time making a provincial team in any sport is quite the experience for anyone involved.
For players, it means becoming accustomed to playing with players who have only been opponents in the past and gearing up to face the best players their age group has to offer.
For Bareneed’s Colin Parsons and Upper Island Cove’s Lucas Adams, they’re set to see all of that for the first time this summer. Last week, the pair were named to Newfoundland and Labrador’s under-15 baseball squad headed for Vaughan, Ont., Aug. 20-24, for the national championships.
There they will square off against some of the best young talent this country has to offer. If they’re lucky, they’ll get a sneak peek at a future crop of Major League Baseball players from Canada. “It’s pretty crazy,” said Adams. Heading into the tryouts, both boys were a little bit nervous but fought through it and had strong camps.
“I thought I did better in the field than I did at the plate,” said Adams. “I did better than I expected.”
“I thought I did well pitching,” added Parsons.
Both add their names to the list of prominent Baseball CBN players who have seen their names on provincial team rosters. Just this season, the pair are two of nine players from the local association to make Team NL at varying levels. Their games Parsons and Adams bring different skill sets to the field for Team NL in Ontario.
The elder Parsons is a slender six-foot-three-inches and moves swiftly around the diamond. His tall frame, coupled with a set of smooth hands, fits well at first base, while his speed is sure to cause problems for opponents. He also has a strong arm and could factor into the pitching rotation if called upon.
At six-feet even, Adams puts size together with a set of quick feet and a strong glove in order to patrol either middle infield position for the club. The reigning minor male player of the year is just as comfortable going left as he is going right when playing the field.
His arm is strong enough to play third and there could be plans to put him on the mound in game action.
Roles have not been estab- lished for players just yet, but Parsons and Adams should figure prominently into the team’s plans.
Canada Games short list
Being named to the under-15 team this season brings with it some added chances. With their selections, the pair were short listed for the 2017 Canada Summer Games team. That’s not to say they’re surefire locks, but strong showings over the next calendar year could go along way in helping push their names on the final roster.
“That’s a pretty exciting part of it,” said Parsons of having the opportunity to represent his province at the national sporting spectacle.
Should they be selected, they would follow in the footsteps of Bradley Riggs and Zack Coombs. They both participated in the 2013 Games in Sherbrooke, Que.
Any time a player gets to travel because of the game they love it is an added bonus. In Vaughan, they’ll get to ply their trade on surfaces fit for the majors. That is just one aspect that has each of them looking forward to the trip in late August.
“I’m looking forward to the entire experience,” said Adams. “You get to test yourself against some of the best competition.”
Colin Parsons (left) and Lucas Adams were named to Team NL’s under-15 baseball team.