Beamsville’s rising baseball star shines at New York tournament

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A 13-year-old from Beamsville knocked it out of the park with his recent showing at a baseball tournament near the hallowed baseball grounds of Cooperstown, New York.

Brady Quinn attended the week-long Cooperstown Baseball World 12U tournament from July 9 to 15 with his team, the Welland-based BP Ontario All Stars. Cooperstown is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Quinn, who was 12 years old during the tournament, won an individual award for the fastest infield throw competition, hurling the ball at 64 miles per hour.

He also placed second in the speed competition, rounding the bases three-tenths of a second slower than his teammate, Ethan Fortier, from Welland.

To round out the week, the team, who were the only Canadian participants, came third in the tournament, losing 2-0 in the semi finals to the four-time Arizona state champions.

The BP Ontario All Stars went on to win their third-place game 10-0.

When asked what his favourite part of the week was, Quinn said: “Probably the throwing, because I won.”

He has played baseball since he was around three years old. He plays shortstop and third base, and also pitches.

It’s his goal to play baseball professionally and to be drafted in Major League Baseball, and is certainly working hard to achieve his aims.

“It’s my dream,” he said.

He paid tribute to his parents for their support as he works toward his dream. “I want to thank my parents for always being supportive of me,” he said.

And his parents are certainly proud of his Cooperstown heroics.

“I’m just so proud of my Brady,” said his mom, Charlene Martin.

Team coach Jared Rousselle is proud of Quinn’s achievements and those of the team.

“For the entire team, they played extremely well,” he said. “They represented BP and Ontario with respect.”

He said the team played extremely well all week, and it was just a small mistake that cost them the semi-final game, and otherwise their fundamentals were solid.

Looking to the future, Rousselle is optimistic for the players’ prospects. “The future is extremely bright," he said. “The sky is the limit for these kids.”

Chris Pickles, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News

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