CBN pair ready for base­ball na­tion­als

Par­sons, Adams added to NL un­der-15 team

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cbn­com­pass.ca

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.”

PHOTO BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

Colin Par­sons (left) and Lu­cas Adams were named to Team NL’s un­der-15 base­ball team.

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