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Gal­lant shifts seam­lessly sports as he pre­pares for Canada Games

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JA­SON MAL­LOY

Lo­gan Gal­lant of Corn­wall has seen his fair share of P.E.I. ball fields this sum­mer. Gal­lant, who is play­ing on three dif­fer­ent teams in three dif­fer­ent leagues, will play a key role in the P.E.I. men’s soft­ball team for the 2017 Canada Sum­mer Games, which be­gin this week­end in Win­nipeg, Man.

If you are look­ing for Lo­gan Gal­lant this sum­mer, your best bet is to check a ball field across Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

The 21-year-old Corn­wall na­tive is wear­ing three dif­fer­ent uni­forms. He plays with the Morell Che­vies of the Kings County Base­ball League (KCBL), the P.E.I. Ju­nior Is­lan­ders of the New Brunswick Ju­nior Base­ball League and the Kevin Quinn Re/ Max Ravens squad, which will be­come Team P.E.I. at the Canada Games soft­ball com­pe­ti­tion in Win­nipeg.

It means play­ing or prac­tis­ing five or six days a week.

“I love ball. I love base­ball. I love soft­ball,” Gal­lant said be­fore a re­cent prac­tice. “There’s noth­ing else I want to do in the sum­mer then step on the ball field ev­ery evening and (com­pete).”

This will be Gal­lant’s sec­ond trip to the Canada Games. He was a role player with the base­ball team in 2013, while he’ll play a big role with the soft­ball team this time around.

He and Jonny Arse­nault, who also plays in the KCBL and on the Ju­nior Is­lan­ders, will share time be­tween the mound and short­stop. Gal­lant, who is also a vo­cal leader, will hit in the mid­dle of the or­der.

“We’re look­ing for him to drive in runs when they’re there or, if not, to get him­self on base to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for others,” Quinn said.

Gal­lant pitched the Blue­field Bob­cats to a pro­vin­cial ti­tle in 2014. Com­ing to the Ravens with a back­ground on the mound and a will­ing­ness to work to get bet­ter pro­vided the squad with a good start­ing point when build­ing their team.

Quinn said as­sis­tant coach Mike Bishop has worked tire­lessly with the pitch­ers and catch­ers on fun­da­men­tals, lo­ca­tion and set­ting up hit­ters.

“I think the com­ple­ment of pitches that (Lo­gan) now has at his dis­posal cer­tainly has in­creased,” he said.

While some coaches want play­ers com­mit­ted to their team and only their team, both Quinn and MacIsaac un­der­stood Gal­lant’s in­ten­tions, and he is thank­ful for their sup­port.

“I’d rather have him part time than not at all,” MacIsaac said.

He’s ver­sa­tile on the base­ball di­a­mond, see­ing time up the mid­dle of the in­field, on the mound, be­hind the plate and even some in the out­field.

“Some­times you can get guys that are ver­sa­tile that you’re go­ing to have a big drop off when they go to a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion, but that’s not the case for (Lo­gan).”

The phys­i­cal at­tributes are key, but so are his work ethic and per­son­al­ity.

“Lo­gan is one of those guys that every­body needs. He’s zero main­te­nance,” MacIsaac said. “He does it all with a smile on his face, and just gives you ev­ery­thing he’s got.”

Ear­lier this sum­mer, Gal­lant played in base­ball and soft­ball tour­na­ments dur­ing the same week­end.

“He played eight or nine games but never rubbed his arm, never came and said I need a few in­nings off,” MacIsaac said, not­ing it is no­ticed by his peers.

“They have a great deal of re­spect for him,” he added. “It sparks you a lit­tle bit when you see a guy that will go to that length to play ball on two or three teams.”

Gal­lant has also done it all while be­ing a Type 1 di­a­betic.

“It’s def­i­nitely some­thing I have to keep an eye on,” he said, but “I never let it stop me.”

It means do­ing work be­fore games to en­sure his sugar lev­els are OK and be­ing aware while play­ing. If he no­tices an is­sue, he’ll have a snack and keep on play­ing.

Gal­lant and his soft­ball team­mates left Thurs­day for Win­nipeg for the week­long com­pe­ti­tion. He will be home for about a week to 10 days be­fore hop­ping on a bus with his P.E.I. Ju­nior Is­lan­ders’ team­mates for Que­bec to com­pete at the ju­nior na­tion­als.

“The Canada Games and a U-21 na­tion­als for base­ball in the same sum­mer – it doesn’t get much bet­ter than that,” Gal­lant smiled.

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JA­SON MAL­LOY/THE GUARDIAN

Lo­gan Gal­lant will rep­re­sent Team P.E.I. at the Canada Games in Win­nipeg.

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