Evan Gibbons, a Kentville mosquito baseball player, holds the baseball he hit out of the park recently. - Submitted
For nine-year-old Evan Gibbons, it likely doesn’t get much better than this.
Gibbons is in his second year with the Kentville mosquito AA Wildcats rep baseball team. During a game July 27, the semifinal of the Wildcats invitational tournament, he hit a ball over the fence of the mosquito ball field in Kentville.
It was the first home run Gibbons had ever hit, inside or out of the park. According to his mom, Dana Melanson, her son “has been known for hitting them out there, but he had never hit one out of the park before.”
The two-run homer erased a 6-4 Halifax lead and tied the score at six, in a game Kentville unfortunately ended up losing 7-6.
“It was so exciting. It happened last Sunday,” Melanson said July 31, “and we’re all still excited.”
For his accomplishment, which Melanson said is “fairly rare” at the mosquito level, Evan received the Game MVP award, even though his team lost the game.
Kentville mosquito AA coach Trevor Croteau said the home run was one of the highlights of the tournament, which “went over really well,” with some great competition among the eight participating teams.
Dartmouth ended up the winners, defeating Halifax in the tournament final.
Croteau said an out-of-the-park home runs are fairly rare among nine- and 10-year-old players.
“The last Kentville mosquito player to hit one out of the park likely would have been Dyton Blackett, probably four years ago.”
Melanson said she had spoken to a man “who remembered hitting one out of the park when he was 10, and he’s 21 now.”
The home run caused a stir at the time, especially as it pulled the Wildcats into a tie.
The tournament served as a dress rehearsal for the Wildcats, who will host many of the same teams when they host mosquito AA provincials Aug. 29-31 in Kentville.
“It’ll also be an eight-team tournament,” Croteau said, “and it should be exciting as there are likely 5-6 teams,” including Kentville, “that have a chance to win.”