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Ben MacDougall awaits the ball while playing shortstop during an exhibition game with the P.E.I. Youth Selects against Nova Scotia at Queen Elizabeth Park’s Legends Field in Summerside in July.
Ben MacDougall awaits the ball while playing shortstop during an exhibition game with the P.E.I. Youth Selects against Nova Scotia at Queen Elizabeth Park’s Legends Field in Summerside in July. - Jason Simmonds

Duckworth, MacDougall, Myers to suit up for Atlantic team in Blue Jays Baseball Academy Tournament 12

SUMMERSIDE – Three Prince Edward Islanders will have the opportunity to play in a Major League Baseball (MLB) stadium next week.

Noah Duckworth of Charlottetown Ben MacDougall of Summerside and Josh Myers of Belmont Lot 16 have been selected for Team Atlantic that will compete at the Blue Jays Baseball Academy Tournament 12. Games will be played at Rogers Centre – home of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Josh Myers positions himself at first base for the P.E.I. Youth Selects during an exhibition game against Nova Scotia at Queen Elizabeth Park’s Legends Field in Summerside in July.
Josh Myers positions himself at first base for the P.E.I. Youth Selects during an exhibition game against Nova Scotia at Queen Elizabeth Park’s Legends Field in Summerside in July.

All three Islanders played with the P.E.I. Youth Selects this season. Duckworth is listed as an outfielder while MacDougall, who also pitches, and Myers are down as first basemen.
The sixth annual Tournament 12 will take place from Sept. 13 to 17. The event’s website notes its goal is to provide a showcase opportunity for the best 160 baseball players born in Canada with college eligibility. College and pro scouts will be in attendance.
Former Blue Jays second baseman Roberto Alomar is the tournament commissioner.

Eight teams
Along with Team Atlantic, British Columbia, Alberta, Prairies, Ontario Black, Ontario Green, Quebec, Atlantic and Futures will round out the eight-team event. Each team features 20-player rosters.
Catcher and third baseman Max Grant of Fredericton, who has family connections to Summerside, is also a member of Team Atlantic.

Noah Duckworth slides into base during action at the 2018 Canada Cup in Moncton, N.B., in August. Sandy Foy Photo.
Noah Duckworth slides into base during action at the 2018 Canada Cup in Moncton, N.B., in August. Sandy Foy Photo.

Team Atlantic opens play versus the Prairies on Thursday, Sept. 13, and Friday, Sept. 14, is a scout day. Team Atlantic then faces Quebec Blue on Saturday, Sept. 15, and concludes round-robin play against the Futures team on Sunday, Sept. 16. The semifinals, featuring the top two teams in each pool crossing over, and championship game are scheduled for Monday.
Team Atlantic is the defending champions after edging  Quebec Blue 1-0 in the 2017 final.

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