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Dillon Doucette, left, and Taylor Larkin will play for the Holland College Hurricanes baseball team in the fall.
Senior Islanders looking forward to playing college baseball close to home
Dillon Doucette and Taylor Larkin are ready to play ball next season for the Holland College Hurricanes.
The two players enrolled at the college last week and have notified head coach Andrew MacNevin of their intent to try out for the baseball team. Both played for the Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders last summer in the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League.
Doucette, a middle infielder who is entering the architecture technology program, spent last fall playing baseball at the Prarie Baseball Academy in Lethbridge, Alta., and previously played at Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Texas.
“I am very excited to be a Hurricane next September. I've been travelling for three years playing college baseball, and now getting the chance to do that at home is very exciting,” Doucette said.
“Working with coach MacNevin is going to be a great experience for a lot of ball players. I know he will enforce the fundamentals of the game and make sure routine plays are made that can manufacture runs on the offensive side. That alone will make us a competitive team.”
Doucette said he feels he can be a team leader.
“I feel like I can bring some experience to the team as well as some leadership and help keep everyone calm and relaxed.”
Larkin, a right-handed pitcher, is entering the marketing and advertising program. He spent last fall at the Niagara County Community College in New York.
“It's a very exciting opportunity to be bringing college baseball to P.E.I. and joining an already great athletics program Holland College has put together,” Larkin said.
He attended junior nationals last year as a member of Team P.E.I.
“I hope to bring a little experience and leadership as well as try to put a winning team on the field every weekend,” he said. “It's exciting having a coach that knows the game like Andrew does and I know he has the passion and drive to put a competitive team together day in and day out.”
Both players intend to play with the Islanders this summer before the college season begins.
“We are very excited to add Dillon and Taylor to our list of commitments,” MacNevin said. “Both players have attained valuable collegiate playing experience in the United States, and a clear understanding of what it takes to be successful at the collegiate level. We will look to both these players to provide leadership to our incoming players and ultimately help our program field a competitive and experienced team come opening day.”
Others who have committed to the Hurricanes are middle infielder Will Connolly, catcher Brad Power, pitcher Andrew Skinner, who is from Amherst, N.S. and played for the provincial team; and outfielder Denver MacKenzie, a Stratford resident who played for the provincial team.
The Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association’s Atlantic Conference is made up St. F.X., St. Mary’s, UNB, Cape Breton, Dalhousie and Crandall.
The Hurricanes will hold their first on-field identification camp on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Stratford Indoor Complex.
Anyone looking to try out for the team, volunteer or become a member of the booster club can email email@example.com.
Hometown – Peakes.
Size – Six-foot-one, 215 pounds.
Position – Middle infield.
Resume – Was named the top hitter, home run derby champion and all-star second baseman at the under-21 Canadian nationals, the New Brunswick senior baseball rookie of the year and all-star second baseman, the Baseball P.E.I. senior male athlete of the year and Baseball P.E.I. intercollegiate athlete of the year.
Quote – “Dillon always plays hard and competes at the plate. We expect his bat to be a mainstay in the middle of our lineup and I am confident he will be one of the premier players in the league next season.” Coach Andrew MacNevin
Hometown – Morell.
Position – Pitcher, outfielder.
Quote – “I expect Taylor to register some very valuable innings on the mound for our program. He has a tremendous amount of upside in his arm and we look forward to him being a main contributor for us this season.” Coach Andrew MacNevin