Hosted by Blue Jays at Rogers Centre
SUMMERSIDE – Two baseball players from Summerside comprise half of P.E.I.’s representation on Team Maritimes for the 10-team Tournament 12 in Toronto this week.
Pitcher and third baseman Brady Arsenault and middle infielder JJ Oram are joined by pitcher JP Stevenson of New Glasgow and Darcy Affleck of Stratford on Team Maritimes.
This is the first-ever Tournament 12, which is presented by the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy. The event features the top 230 college-eligible players from Canada who were invited to take part.
Former Toronto Blue Jay star second baseman and Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar is the acting commissioner of the tournament, which runs from Sept. 20 to 24. All games will be played on the Rogers Centre field, home of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Stevenson is listed as the starter for Team Maritimes’ opening game against Ontario Black on Saturday morning. Friday is a practice day for the teams.
Most Major League Baseball (MLB) teams are expected to have scouts checking out the action, and approximately 16 NCAA schools, including many Division One teams, have confirmed their attendance.
Arsenault, Oram and Stevenson are all products of the Summerside Area Baseball Association (SABA).
Stevenson and Oram are currently attending the Vauxhall Baseball Academy in Vauxhall, Alta., while Arsenault is at the Prairie Baseball Academy in Lethbridge, Alta., and Affleck attends the Prospects Baseball Academy in St. Albert, Alta.