CORNER BROOK Myles Vincent will wear Canada's colours at the IBAF 18U World Baseball Championship in Seoul, South Korea.
The 18-year-old southpaw pitcher, son of Corner Brook's Brian and Diane Vincent, was among the 20 players named to the team by Baseball Canada this week.
Players, coaches and staff travelled to Seoul Monday and there will be a team practice Aug. 29 prior to opening the 12-team tournament Aug. 30 against Panama at Mokdong Stadium.
Canada is coming off a fourth-place finish at the 2010 IBAF 18U World Championship that was held in Thunder Bay, Ont. Canada's last medal at an IBAF 18U World Championship came in 2006 when a club led by Brett Lawrie defeated Mexico 6-2 to claim the bronze medal.
Canada will compete in Pool B where they will play a round-robin schedule against Panama, Japan, Italy, Chinese Taipei and the Czech Republic.
Pool A consists of host South Korea, Australia, Colombia, Netherlands, U.S.A. and Venezuela.
At the conclusion of the first round, the top three records in each pool will play each other in crossover games. The teams will be seeded one to six with their first round record against teams also in round two counting in the standings.
Once round two is completed the top two seeds will play for gold, while third and fourth place will play for bronze and the fifth and sixth seeds will meet in the fifth-place matchup.
The selection process for the Junior National Team began in March in St. Petersburg, Florida where the club held a 10-day camp which included daily practices and exhibition games.
Subsequent camps were held in Orlando, Florida in April and the Dominican Republic in May while the team's final selection camp was recently held in Toronto and Ronchi dei Legionari, Italy.
Vincent was a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Selects squad that competed in the 2012 Canada Cup Baseball Tournament earlier this month in London, Ont. Following a game against Saskatchewan in which he chalked up 11 strikeouts, Vincent was asked by National Junior Team (NJT) head coach Greg Hamilton to travel with the team to Italy for a series of exhibition games.
Decked out in his Team Canada jersey, Vincent pitched in three games in Italy and it appears the coaching staff saw enough to keep the gifted pitcher around for the long haul.