Hewitt, Strachan picked for Summer Games

Enright assistant coach of WOBA team

By Josh Howald

A pair of Kincardine bantam baseball players is off to the Ontario Summer Games.

Carter Strachan and Dallas Hewitt, who both play for the Kincardine bantam Cardinals, will represent the Western Ontario Baseball Association (WOBA) at the 2010 Ontario Summer Games in Sudbury. Kincardine native Ryan Enright, who now lives in Hanover, has joined the team as an assistant coach to Owen Sound’s Richard Leblanc.

“Since we have an all-star team on our hands, our expectation is to win,” said Enright last Tuesday. “I hope that’s the attitude all the kids are taking. We don’t know what kind of opposition we’re going to be up against, seeing some city teams, but personally I expect us to win.”

The Summer Games are held every other year and feature more than 40 sports for Ontario athletes under the age of 15. The opening ceremonies are set for Aug. 10, with the baseball portion of the games opening up on Aug. 14. The medal round will be played on the day of Aug. 16.

“We never went to anything like this (when I played),” said Enright, who plays for the Kincardine Cubs. “We had a WOBA All-Star team that went to one tournament, but never anything like this.”

The players will be billeted or live in dorms while at the Summer Games.

Enright is more than happy to have the two Cardinals on his squad.

“Hewitt, I’ve coached before,” he said. “He’s a speed demon. He’s probably the fastest player we have, so we’ll probably have him in the outfield chasing down balls. He’s skilled and a very coachable kid.”

He was also impressed with Strachan.

“(Try-outs) was the first time I’ve seen him,” said Enright. “He’s a great little player, a very good pitcher and able to play any position.”

The team was selected after four days of tryouts in Listowel and Hanover. More than 40 kids from all over the WOBA area competed for a place on the team. The team plans on practicing once a week, if possible, leading up to the Summer Games. The WOBA team, named the Bulls, will also compete in an AAA tournament in Brampton just prior to departing for Sudbury.

“We need to hit that tournament to see where we’re at,” said Enright. “We’ll need our practice time, because there is still lots of work to be done.”

Also on the Bulls roster are Goderich’s Iain Donnelly, Listowel’s Andrew Gooding, Cody Matheson and Matt McCracken, Tyler Middleton of Port Elgin, Nathan Kramer, Skylar Leblanc and Taylor Stephen of Owen Sound, Dylan Brooks of Granton, Tyler McCracken of Williamsford and St. Mary’s Jared Zufelt and Brett Stacey.

“We have a good line-up and we’re looking forward to it,” said Enright.

The Independent will keep you informed of the Bulls’ progress in Sudbury next month.