By Rosie Townshend-Carter
Feb. 7, 2014
Dillon Doucette used to play baseball in Oklahoma. This year, he will play for the first ever Holland College Varsity baseball team.
Doucette has big dreams for the upcoming season.
“I’m excited that there’s been so much hype about the team.”
The coach of the new team, Andrew MacNevin, expects great things from the skilled player.
“I am confident he will be one of the premier players in the league next season.”
A former Niagara University baseball player, MacNevin was named head coach of the new team recently. He has an extensive background in the sport, with roots leading back to P.E.I.
The college recently announced it will join the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Associations Atlantic Conference.
MacNevin was team captain of his university team at Niagara University and holds many records there. He recently moved back to P.E.I., and has been working with the Eastern Baseball Academy.
MacNevin said, “I would like to compliment Holland College and their athletic department for putting Holland College into the position to bring collegiate baseball to Prince Edward Island.”
Albert Roach, athletics and recreation director at the college said, “We had been looking at baseball for a while.”
The addition of the team opens the doors for many new graduates looking for post-secondary education to come to the college.
MacNevin said, “You’re paying not just for baseball, but you’re investing in a life experience.”
The team will consist of a roster of 25 players, with some being extremely experienced.
The league will compete against teams such as St. Mary’s, St. FX, UNB, Cape Breton, Dalhousie and Crandall.
The team will host its first identification camp Feb. 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m at the Stratford indoor soccer field.