Doucette and Larkin commit to Hurricanes Baseball for 2014
January 29, 2014
Island baseball players Dillon Doucette and Taylor Larkin are ready to play ball next season for the Holland Hurricanes.
The two players enrolled last week and have notified head coach Andrew MacNevin of their intent to try out for the baseball team.
Both players are from Morell, Prince Edward Island and graduated high school from Morell High.
“We are very excited to add Dillon and Taylor to our list of commitments. 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”, shared Hurricanes head baseball coach Andrew MacNevin.
Doucette, a middle infielder who is entering the Architecture Technology program, spent last fall playing baseball at the Prarie Baseball Academy in Lethbridge, Alberta and previous to that at the Oklahoma Panhandle State University. He has also played his summer baseball as a member of the Charlottetown Islanders senior baseball team last year.
“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”, shared Doucette.
“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.”
The 6’1”, 215 pound Doucette has an impressive baseball resume which includes being 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 PEI senior male Athlete of the Year and Baseball PEI intercollegiate Athlete of the Year.
Coach MacNevin is excited to have Doucette as a part of his roster next season.
“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”.
Doucette feels he can be a leader on the roster.
“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 pitcher, is entering the Marketing & Advertising program this fall. 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 PEI and joining an already great athletics program Holland College has put together”, Larkin said.
The right hander attended the junior nationals last year as a member of Team PEI and also played as a member of the Charlottetown Islanders senior team during the summer months.
“I hope to bring a little experience and leadership as well as try to put a winning team on the field every weekend. 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.”
Coach MacNevin knows a good pitching staff will be key to being successful on the field.
“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”.
Both players intend to play with the Charlottetown Islanders senior club this summer and join the Hurricanes in the fall.
“It’s very gratifying to be able to offer this varsity experience to quality Island ball players”, shared Holland College Athletics and Recreation Director Albert Roche. “We are very excited to hear that Dillon and Taylor will be joining the Hurricanes family this fall”.
The Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association’s Atlantic Conference is made up of seven colleges and universities including St. FX, St. Mary’s, UNB, Cape Breton, Dalhousie and Crandall.
The Hurricanes will hold their first on-field identification camp on Saturday, February 8th from 4-5:30pm at the Stratford Indoor Complex.
Anyone looking to try out for the team, volunteer or become a member of the Booster Club is encouraged to email email@example.com for more information on Holland Hurricanes Baseball.
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