At this weekend's Atlantic mosquito AAA baseball championship in Richmond
RICHMOND – P.E.I. softball fans will recognize a familiar face here at the Atlantic mosquito AAA baseball championship.
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St. John’s Capitals head coach Colin Abbott instructs his players during Friday afternoon’s Atlantic mosquito AAA baseball championship round-robin game against the host Richmond Red Sox.
Colin Abbott, one of the most respected fastpitch players in the world, is coaching the St. John’s Capitals, who opened round-robin play with an 11-8 come-from-behind win over the host Richmond Red Sox on Friday afternoon.
“We’ve had a great year and won two tournaments, including provincials,” said Abbott after the game. “What I’m happy about is each time our kids are on the ball field they are improving, and that’s what I’m looking for.”
Abbott retired from playing softball this year.
“I miss it, but when it’s time, it’s time,” said Abbott, who quickly became a fan favourite at Queen Elizabeth Park in Summerside during the 1989 International Softball Federation world junior men’s fastpitch championship. Abbott was the only player from Atlantic provinces on Team Canada.
Abbott returned to Summerside for the 1994 International Softball Congress world senior men’s fastpitch championship, and promptly delivered the championship-winning hit on a line drive to centre field.
“I love Summerside, I love the entire province of P.E.I. They have been very friendly to me. I played some great ball here, have some great memories and it’s one of my favourite places to go.” Colin Abbott
Abbott also played in the 2001 Canadian senior men’s fastpitch championship in Summerside.
“I love Summerside, I love the entire province of P.E.I.,” said Abbott. “They have been very friendly to me. I played some great ball here, have some great memories and it’s one of my favourite places to go.”
When told a lot of people may be surprised to see a softball player like Abbott coaching baseball, he laughed and replied: “Basically, it’s my boys, they chose baseball. I didn’t care what they played as long as they played something and were active.
“Baseball wasn’t my first sport, fastpitch softball obviously was, but whatever they want to play I will support them.”