‘I’m proud to be representing Nova Scotia’
Kamryn Matheson and Brooke Mingo couldn’t be happier.
Just when it appeared the baseball season was over for the Truro Icemen Bearcats players, they received calls from Chris Vanderberg, coach the provincial peewee AAA baseball champion Tri-County Rangers.
Kamryn Matheson takes batting practice in preparation forthis weekend’s Atlantic PeeWee AAA Baseball Championship.
The Rangers, who play out of Bedford and Sackville, are competing in the Atlantic championship this weekend in Fredericton and Vanderberg was looking to add some depth to the lineup.
“I was really excited to receive the news,” said Matheson, 12, a shortstop from Bible Hill. “I’m proud to be representing Nova Scotia and I’m certainly happy to have the baseball season extended.”
Mingo, 14, a catcher, pitcher and first baseman, didn’t expect to be invited to play.
“I was shocked,” said the Truro resident. “I was nervous and wondered what to expect. I’ve never been to the Atlantics before and I was excited to learn that we’d be playing Newfoundland in our first game right after opening ceremonies.
“Although I was picked up as a catcher, I’m also hopeful that I’ll get to pitch this weekend.”
The Dartmouth Arrows, who also play in the high-calibre Bluenose PeeWee AAA Baseball League, will be the second Nova Scotia team competing in this weekend’s championship. Tournament play began Thursday and will wrap up tomorrow.
“It’s a great opportunity for Kamryn and Brooke,” said Truro Icemen Bearcats coach Greg Marquis. “I’m confident that they will both play well.
“Up until this year Kamryn hadn’t played organized baseball for four years. He stepped on the field this year and he just took off. What a natural baseball player. He has all the facets. Kamryn can hit, he can run, he can field and he can throw. He is really the complete package. I’m really high on this guy. Kamryn has a future in baseball.”
Matheson returned to the sport after concentrating on hockey, football and tennis for the past few years.
“My dad (Kevin Matheson) plays senior baseball,” said the Grade 7 student at Redcliffe Middle School in Valley. “Going to the games with him, I liked the atmosphere and the feel of being around baseball. I kind of decided I wanted to get back to playing baseball again.”
Mingo is likewise highly thought of by her coach.
“Brooke was the strongest baseball player we had on our team talent wise,” Marquis said. “She set the example as how the game of baseball should be played. She’s a solid catcher and she can pitch and play first base. Brooke is a very good hitter and she absolutely loves the game of baseball.”
Mingo has many baseball interests and follows the major leagues closely.
“I am a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays,” Mingo, a Grade 9 student at Truro Junior High School, said. “But, I also have another favourite team, the Boston Red Sox. I guess I live and breathe baseball.”
Marquis said the Bearcats enjoyed a good season while playing more than 35 games. Following a second-place finish in Bluenose league play they came in third at provincials. The highlight of the season took place during July when they won the Miramichi PeeWee AAA Invitational Baseball Tournament.
Lyle Carter’s sports column appears every Saturday in the Truro Daily News. If you have a story idea, contact him at 673-2857.