By Tina Comeau
Two baseball players – one from Yarmouth, one formerly from Yarmouth – will be facing off against each other in their opening game of next week’s 2014 15U Boys’ National Championships, taking place Aug. 21-25 in Vaughan, Ontario.
Brad Jones of Yarmouth is playing on Team Nova Scotia. Brett Mercier, formerly of Yarmouth and now living in Moncton, will be playing on Team New Brunswick.
The two provincial teams open their round robin play against each other on Thursday morning, Aug. 21.
Team Nova Scotia’s other games in the round robin include games against Newfoundland and Labrador (Aug. 21), Prince Edward Island (Aug. 22), Saskatchewan (Aug. 22) and Manitoba (Aug. 23). The crossovers begin on Saturday, Aug. 23 with the bronze and gold medal games on Sunday, Aug. 24.
(You will be able to follow the results here.)
There are 10 provincial teams plus the host, Vaughan, Ontario, taking part in the national tournament. This is the sixth consecutive year that the 15U Boys Championship is held in Vaughan.
Jones was one of 18 players selected to the 15U Nova Scotia roster from a field of prospective players that initially numbered 150. Jones has also been selected to participate in the 2015 Canada-Cuba Goodwill Tour in late January/early February. As part of this program players will play games against Cuban teams and will visit schools and experience the Cuban culture.
Mercier, named Yarmouth County’s youth athlete of the year in 2012, played baseball on a U16 elite team in Ontario this past year and is playing AAA baseball in Moncton this summer. Mercier is also doing the Canada-Cuba Goodwill Tour as well.
Jones and Mercier have both played on AA and AAA teams together in Yarmouth and in 2013 were part of an under-14 summer showcase team that played out of Ontario.