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Kings County players to compete at Blue Jays Tournament 


KINGS COUNTY - Two local youth will join the best 16- to 18-year-old baseball players in the country at the Toronto Blue Jays Tournament 12 in September at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Out of seven Nova Scotia players selected to attend the tournament, three were from Kings County – Nathan McCarthy, Cameron MacPherson and Jake Lonar.

All three players were members of the Nova Scotia Youth Selects U-17 provincial team that competed as part of the Nova Scotia 21U league this summer.

Lonar, a left-handed pitcher, suffered a knee injury earlier this summer and was lost for the season, so he will be unable to attend the tournament.

Based on their performance throughout the season, at nationals in Saskatoon earlier this month and at a qualifying tournament in Moncton in July, the three were selected to play at Tournament 12.

MacPherson, who turned 17 this month, is looking forward to playing at Rogers Centre with some of the best 16- to 18-year-old players in Canada.

“It’s an honour to have been selected to represent Atlantic Canada in this prestigious tournament,” he said. “Baseball is important to me. I’m passionate about it, and to be able to compete with the best from Atlantic Canada against the best from other provinces is an incredible honour.”

Taking part in the tournament, MacPherson says, “will provide me an opportunity to elevate my game again so I’m ready to hit the field next spring, hopefully with the Wildcats’ junior program in Kentville.”

McCarthy, 17, is also “honoured and excited” to have been selected to play at the Rogers Centre against players of that caliber.

“I love baseball as a sport,” he said. “I work very hard at it, and look forward to every opportunity available.  I’m excited to have been chosen to represent Atlantic Canada, and to play with and against some tremendous athletes.”

McCarthy said he is “fortunate to come from a family who loves baseball.” His twin brother is also a baseball player.

“I don’t know what my future in baseball will bring,” he said, “but I do know this opportunity will be a highlight of my baseball experience.”

The Blue Jays Baseball Academy, in collaboration with baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, will host the third annual Tournament 12 showcase baseball tournament at Rogers Centre Sept. 14-18.

The event highlights the best Canadian amateur baseball players with college eligibility. Eight teams represent the Canadian provinces, with Atlantic Canada represented by one team.

Professional scouts and university and college recruiters are encouraged to attend the event, where they will receive the benefits of preferred seating and a tournament scouting guide.

MacPherson also hinted that with the Blue Jays in the hunt for first place, mid-September “will be a good time to be around Rogers Centre.”

While they are there for the tournament, the players will get to watch the Blue Jays take on Boston.

“We’re both looking forward to seeing the Jays play the Red Sox,” MacPherson said. “I’m an avid Jays’ fan and Nathan is an avid Red Sox fan, so it will be a fun game for us to watch together.”

 

Out of seven Nova Scotia players selected to attend the tournament, three were from Kings County – Nathan McCarthy, Cameron MacPherson and Jake Lonar.

All three players were members of the Nova Scotia Youth Selects U-17 provincial team that competed as part of the Nova Scotia 21U league this summer.

Lonar, a left-handed pitcher, suffered a knee injury earlier this summer and was lost for the season, so he will be unable to attend the tournament.

Based on their performance throughout the season, at nationals in Saskatoon earlier this month and at a qualifying tournament in Moncton in July, the three were selected to play at Tournament 12.

MacPherson, who turned 17 this month, is looking forward to playing at Rogers Centre with some of the best 16- to 18-year-old players in Canada.

“It’s an honour to have been selected to represent Atlantic Canada in this prestigious tournament,” he said. “Baseball is important to me. I’m passionate about it, and to be able to compete with the best from Atlantic Canada against the best from other provinces is an incredible honour.”

Taking part in the tournament, MacPherson says, “will provide me an opportunity to elevate my game again so I’m ready to hit the field next spring, hopefully with the Wildcats’ junior program in Kentville.”

McCarthy, 17, is also “honoured and excited” to have been selected to play at the Rogers Centre against players of that caliber.

“I love baseball as a sport,” he said. “I work very hard at it, and look forward to every opportunity available.  I’m excited to have been chosen to represent Atlantic Canada, and to play with and against some tremendous athletes.”

McCarthy said he is “fortunate to come from a family who loves baseball.” His twin brother is also a baseball player.

“I don’t know what my future in baseball will bring,” he said, “but I do know this opportunity will be a highlight of my baseball experience.”

The Blue Jays Baseball Academy, in collaboration with baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, will host the third annual Tournament 12 showcase baseball tournament at Rogers Centre Sept. 14-18.

The event highlights the best Canadian amateur baseball players with college eligibility. Eight teams represent the Canadian provinces, with Atlantic Canada represented by one team.

Professional scouts and university and college recruiters are encouraged to attend the event, where they will receive the benefits of preferred seating and a tournament scouting guide.

MacPherson also hinted that with the Blue Jays in the hunt for first place, mid-September “will be a good time to be around Rogers Centre.”

While they are there for the tournament, the players will get to watch the Blue Jays take on Boston.

“We’re both looking forward to seeing the Jays play the Red Sox,” MacPherson said. “I’m an avid Jays’ fan and Nathan is an avid Red Sox fan, so it will be a fun game for us to watch together.”

 

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