Jor­dan Pomeroy eyes spot on na­tional team

Pla­cen­tia soft­ball player at­tracted right sort of at­ten­tion at lo­cal try­out

The Compass - - Sports - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

PLA­CEN­TIA, NL — Jor­dan Pomeroy is one step closer to fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of other soft­ball play­ers from New­found­land and Labrador who have rep­re­sented Canada in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The 17-year-old from Pla­cen­tia is one of two play­ers from this prov­ince to re­ceive an in­vite to the na­tional ju­nior men’s se­lec­tion camp hap­pen­ing later this sum­mer. Some of the 26 play­ers tak­ing part in that camp will then com­pete for Canada at the Men’s World Soft­ball Cham­pi­onship in White­horse, N.W.T.

“To hear the news, ob­vi­ously I was ec­static,” said Pomeroy, who at­tended an open try­out in St. John’s ear­lier this year be­fore re­ceiv­ing an in­vite to the se­lec­tion camp tak­ing place in O’Leary, P.E.I im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the Cana­dian men’s un­der-18 cham­pi­onships.

Pomeroy has mostly played in­field through­out his ca­reer, though he has re­cently been play­ing more in the out­field as a mem­ber of the New­found­land and Labrador Canada Games team. To help pre­pare for the games, the team has played in the St. John’s Se­nior Men’s Soft­ball League. He’s also play­ing with the Team New­found­land and Labrador un­der-18 squad in the St. John’s in­ter­me­di­ate league.

Look­ing ahead to the se­lec­tion camp run­ning Aug. 21-25, Pomeroy ex­pects he’ll need to be at his best. He fully in­tends to train hard be­tween now and then.

“I just need to ob­vi­ously be at the best of my pos­si­ble abil­ity, train hard lead­ing up to it, and hope­fully just be the best that I can be and (not) per­form poorly in com­par­i­son to what I can do,” he said.

Hav­ing grad­u­ated from Grade 12 at Laval High School last month, Pomeroy has a busy sum­mer ahead. The Canada Games men’s soft­ball com­pe­ti­tion starts July 29 and con­cludes Aug. 4. Then there’s the Un­der-18 Men’s Cana­dian Cham­pi­onships in O’Leary Aug. 16-20, with Pomeroy stick­ing around town for the se­lec­tion camp.

“It’s go­ing to be a very full Au­gust for sure,” said Pomeroy.

Pomeroy is one of four play­ers from the Pla­cen­tia area on the Canada Games team. Brent Hat­field, An­drew Kelly and Nick Pittman join him on the team.

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

Jor­dan Pomeroy of Pla­cen­tia will at­tend the na­tional ju­nior men’s se­lec­tion camp for soft­ball later this sum­mer.

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