A trio of Islander baseball players head to the National Junior Team camp

There is no maybe about these Mabees when it comes to baseball.

Oliver Mabee is the latest in the family to pursue his diamond dreams. Grandfather Bob Mabee played for Canada’s national team in the 1970s at the World Championships and Pan Am Games, and Uncle Henry Mabee achieved double A in the Chicago White Sox system.

Oliver Mabee is one of 37 players, along with Victoria Eagles teammate Tyrus Hall and Parksville’s Anson McGorman, invited to the National Junior Team camp Wednesday through September 1 in Ajax, Ont., Site of the Toronto Pan Am Games. 2015 competition.

After the camp, a number of players will travel to Florida for a seven-game friendship streak against the United States. With the postponement of the 2021 Under-18 Baseball World Cup in Sarasota and Bradenton, Fla., To 2022, the Friendship Series will be used as one of the final tune-up events for the Group d. age born in 2003, with the fall tutorial. League camp in Florida in October.

” I am happy. It’s been my dream ever since I was a kid to wear the Canada jersey, ”said Oliver Mabee.

He had a lot of role models in the sport. “My uncle went to the pros and was one of my idols. And I learned everything about the sport from my grandfather, from the basics to the mechanics to the state of mind.

Oliver Mabee is a six-foot-six pitcher and outfielder who attacks batters with catches and takes the lead in the scoring. His versatility is evident in that he is a multi-position player.

“I like hitting as well as throwing and I want to stick with both as long as possible,” he said.

McGorman, of the Parksville Royals of the BC Premier Baseball League, is a six-foot-two, 200-pound pitcher who is engaged in the NCAA Division. 1 State of Sacramento. He was one of the Top 15 Canadians for the 2021 MLB Draft, but was not selected. Mabee and Hall’s draft year is 2022.

Hall is a soft-handed infielder who, along with Mabee, led the Victoria Eagles to the 2021 BC Premier Baseball League championship game of the season and second behind the Langley Blaze. The BCPBL has an alumni roster which includes current and former MLB players Nick Pivetta of the Eagles, Michael Saunders and Rich Harden of the Victoria Mariners, James Paxton, Tyler O’Neill, Ryan Dempster, Jeff Francis, Brett Lawrie, Adam Loewen, Justin Morneau and Hall of Fame member Larry Walker.

“I grew up idolizing all of these guys and it’s so cool to be in the same league they came from,” Mabee said.

What’s scary is that the Eagles are a young group, including Mabee and Hall entering Grade 12 at Oak Bay High, and will be back with the Eagles next season.

“We are a tight-knit group. I’ve known Tyrus since elementary school. Our goal next season is to win the league championship and we’ll be working hard over the winter to prepare for it, ”said Mabee.

With, perhaps, a detour to Florida in the jersey of the Maple Leafs.

“I expect very strong competition from across the country,” said Mabee.

Greg Hamilton, Junior National Team Coach and Director of Men’s National Teams, is excited to finally get a glimpse of his next generation of prospects. These are the players likely to represent Canada on their way to the Los Angeles Summer Olympics in 2028 (baseball is not included for Paris 2024).

“As we have not had the opportunity to operate our program in person since March 2020, our coaching staff is eager to assess players and provide an opportunity for development and competition that will pave the way for our future. national team, ”Hamilton said. .

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