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Corner Brook baseball players vie for berth on Canada Games squad

Colin Hulan has a toss during a Canada Summer Games baseball workout at the Corner Brook Civic Centre Annex.
Colin Hulan has a toss during a Canada Summer Games baseball workout at the Corner Brook Civic Centre Annex.

Four young baseball players from Corner Brook will try to impress the Canada Games coaching staff when they suit up at the Perfect Game baseball tournament in Okotoks, Alta., in May.

Andrew Flood, Colin Hulan, Cole Porter and Brogan Walsh are on the 23-player roster heading to a showcase tournament featuring some of the top teams in the country.

The roster will be whittled down to 20 players at the completion of the tournament, so a lot is riding on it for four guys who have been honing their skillset in the Corner Brook minor baseball program.

The Western Star talked to the four players about trying to earn a spot on the team.


Name: Andrew Flood

Age: 15

Parents: Ed and Leanna Flood

Position: 2nd base, pitcher, cf

Favourite player: Francisco Lindor

Favourite team: Toronto Blue Jays


What would it mean to you to represent your province at the Canada Summer Games?

It would mean a lot to me. It would be an honour to play on that team. I want to show that I can play for the province and win.


What part of your game is the key to you earning a spot on the team?

I’m fast, so speed is one of the keys. I’m a fast guy and I’m good at tracking down a baseball when I’m in the outfield. Making plays on defence when I have to.


What is one of the biggest life lessons you learned from playing baseball?

If you mess up, just do better the next chance.



Name: Colin Hulan

Age: 16

Parents: Kerry and Kelly Hulan

Position: First base

Favourite player: Josh Donaldson

Favourite team: Toronto Blue Jays


What would it mean to you to represent your province at the Canada Summer Games?

It would be an honour to play for Newfoundland at the Games. It would be so nice.


What part of your game is the key to you earning a spot on the team?

I’m a contact hitter, so that’s a big part of my game. I usually don’t go for the home run, but I try to get on base by putting the ball in play.


What is one of the biggest life lessons you learned from playing baseball?

The importance of teamwork. Being on a team definitely helped me get along with people throughout my life.


Name: Brogan Walsh

Age: 14

Parents: Geordie and Jacqui Walsh

Position: Pitcher, 2nd base

Favourite player: Chris Archer

Favourite team: Houston Astros


What would it mean to you to represent your province at the Canada Summer Games?

It would mean a lot to me. It’s a great opportunity to go and learn a lot of new things from guys older than me, because I don’t have as much knowledge as some of the guys going. It would be great to represent Newfoundland on the national stage.


What part of your game is the key to you earning a spot on the team?

I would say my pitching. It’s something that comes to me more than fielding or hitting and it’s something I can pride myself on and really work on all the time.


What is one of the biggest life lessons you learned from playing baseball?

It’s not always fair. Sometimes you get a call, a decision or a play that really doesn’t go your way and you just kind of deal with it, just like in life if something isn’t going your way you just got to live with it.


Name: Cole Porter

Age: 16

Parents: Brad and Tina Porter

Position: Pitcher, outfielder

Favourite player: Mike Trout

Favourite team: Toronto Blue Jays


What would it mean to you to represent your province at the Canada Summer Games?

It would mean more than anything for me to represent my province in any way or any sport, but baseball in particular because that’s my favourite sport to play.


What part of your game is the key to you earning a spot on the team?

I would say my speed because I’m pretty quick on the base paths. I also think my glove is also a key because I’m a good fielder.


What is one of the biggest life lessons you learned from playing baseball?

How to get along with other individuals and work together as a team. Some people you may not like, but you got to learn how to like them to be able to work together.

Andrew Flood, Colin Hulan, Cole Porter and Brogan Walsh are on the 23-player roster heading to a showcase tournament featuring some of the top teams in the country.

The roster will be whittled down to 20 players at the completion of the tournament, so a lot is riding on it for four guys who have been honing their skillset in the Corner Brook minor baseball program.

The Western Star talked to the four players about trying to earn a spot on the team.


Name: Andrew Flood

Age: 15

Parents: Ed and Leanna Flood

Position: 2nd base, pitcher, cf

Favourite player: Francisco Lindor

Favourite team: Toronto Blue Jays


What would it mean to you to represent your province at the Canada Summer Games?

It would mean a lot to me. It would be an honour to play on that team. I want to show that I can play for the province and win.


What part of your game is the key to you earning a spot on the team?

I’m fast, so speed is one of the keys. I’m a fast guy and I’m good at tracking down a baseball when I’m in the outfield. Making plays on defence when I have to.


What is one of the biggest life lessons you learned from playing baseball?

If you mess up, just do better the next chance.



Name: Colin Hulan

Age: 16

Parents: Kerry and Kelly Hulan

Position: First base

Favourite player: Josh Donaldson

Favourite team: Toronto Blue Jays


What would it mean to you to represent your province at the Canada Summer Games?

It would be an honour to play for Newfoundland at the Games. It would be so nice.


What part of your game is the key to you earning a spot on the team?

I’m a contact hitter, so that’s a big part of my game. I usually don’t go for the home run, but I try to get on base by putting the ball in play.


What is one of the biggest life lessons you learned from playing baseball?

The importance of teamwork. Being on a team definitely helped me get along with people throughout my life.


Name: Brogan Walsh

Age: 14

Parents: Geordie and Jacqui Walsh

Position: Pitcher, 2nd base

Favourite player: Chris Archer

Favourite team: Houston Astros


What would it mean to you to represent your province at the Canada Summer Games?

It would mean a lot to me. It’s a great opportunity to go and learn a lot of new things from guys older than me, because I don’t have as much knowledge as some of the guys going. It would be great to represent Newfoundland on the national stage.


What part of your game is the key to you earning a spot on the team?

I would say my pitching. It’s something that comes to me more than fielding or hitting and it’s something I can pride myself on and really work on all the time.


What is one of the biggest life lessons you learned from playing baseball?

It’s not always fair. Sometimes you get a call, a decision or a play that really doesn’t go your way and you just kind of deal with it, just like in life if something isn’t going your way you just got to live with it.


Name: Cole Porter

Age: 16

Parents: Brad and Tina Porter

Position: Pitcher, outfielder

Favourite player: Mike Trout

Favourite team: Toronto Blue Jays


What would it mean to you to represent your province at the Canada Summer Games?

It would mean more than anything for me to represent my province in any way or any sport, but baseball in particular because that’s my favourite sport to play.


What part of your game is the key to you earning a spot on the team?

I would say my speed because I’m pretty quick on the base paths. I also think my glove is also a key because I’m a good fielder.


What is one of the biggest life lessons you learned from playing baseball?

How to get along with other individuals and work together as a team. Some people you may not like, but you got to learn how to like them to be able to work together.

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