Hurricanes continue preparations for upcoming baseball season
June 23, 2014
With just over two months until the start of the 2014 Holland Hurricanes varsity baseball training camp preparations continue for the team’s inaugural season.
Recent commitments from Brady Arsenault and Dominique Ryan have helped bolster the team’s lineup.
Arsenault, a pitcher and third baseman recently finished a year of play at the Prairie Baseball Academy in Alberta and is spending the summer as a member of the PEI Junior Team.
From Summerside, Arsenault was captain of the 2013 PEI Canada Games team and the Baseball PEI Male Athlete of the Year. He also played at the Tournament 12 held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto as a member of the Atlantic team.
“Brady has already attained valuable collegiate baseball experience having attended the Prairie Baseball Academy in Alberta. His great baseball instincts and understanding of the game will allow him to be a go to player in demanding situations, and we look to him to contribute significant innings on the mound for our program”, shared Hurricanes head coach Andrew MacNevin.
In 2011 and 2012 the right handed pitcher was a member of the PEI Youth Selects; he’s attended seven national championships during his minor baseball career.
“Playing at home and knowing how competitive our team will be is exciting. Thanks to coach MacNevin’s strong recruiting class our team will have a chance to compete every day”, shared Arsenault.
He knows what he can bring to the team.
“I’m a starting pitcher that can help the team with my experience and in a leadership role. I can log innings on the hill and if needed assist in the infield. I’m excited to play at Memorial Field, I know the field well”.
Head coach Andrew MacNevin’s involvement in the program has helped bring credibility to the young program.
“Having him as part of this program is definitely going to be beneficial to the team. He has a drive to win, knows the game; he’s the reason the recruiting class is so strong; people know his name and what it stands for. I’m excited to play with the group of players he’s brought in so far, I know a lot of them on a personal level”, said Arsenault.
Arsenault will join committed players Morgan MacLean, Taylor Larkin, Nick MacPhail, Dillon Doucette, Denver MacKenzie, Will Connolly, Andrew Skinner , Colin Arsenault and newcomer Dominique Ryan, to name a few. The teams training sessions have been well attended and the team expects up to 60 players to attend training camp in late August to try to make the team as a walk-on.
The program also states that there are up to 12 more players that have committed to the team but are awaiting final paperwork to be submitted before it’s announced.
“Coach MacNevin has done a fantastic job recruiting the best baseball talent available, we’re extremely pleased with the level of professionalism he’s shown in assisting with the creation of this new program”, shared Athletics and Recreation Director Albert Roche.
Dual-Athlete prepares for big season with Hurricanes
Dominique Ryan is going to have a busy school year; joining the newly formed Hurricanes varsity baseball team as well as the men’s volleyball team who will be hosting the 2015 CCAA National Men’s Volleyball Championships in March.
Ryan, graduating from Charlottetown Rural High School this month was a three-time high school volleyball all-star, a provincial champion and provincial tournament mvp during his high school career. He is a former recipient of the Under-16 Volleyball PEI Player of the Year and will bring a great deal of skill to the volleyball program.
Head coach and father, Joe Ryan, is excited to have his son play for him at Holland College.
“I have coached Dominique for the past three years in high school so I know what type of player he is and what skill set he can bring to the team. He has also been around the Holland College program for the past number of years and knows what it takes to play at this level”, says Coach Ryan. “In high school he was a primary passer for every ball that came over the net, and I don’t see this changing in college. He was a very consistent player in both the front and back court, but with the team losing our ACAA Libero of the Year (Brandon Boyce), I can see Dominique possibly filling this role and hopefully having as much success as Brandon”.
Although training will start in September for the volleyball team, Coach Ryan may have to wait before this recruit steps on the court full time. Ryan will be part of the Hurricanes varsity baseball team.
Ryan was a member of Team PEI that participated at the 2012 Canada Cup tournament in London, Ontario and was also a starting outfielder for Team PEI at the 2013 Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
“I always knew I wanted to play volleyball at the next level but since the announcement of varsity baseball at Holland College, I was pretty excited to hopefully play baseball at that level also for Coach MacNevin. It was a perfect fit for me continuing to play the two sports that I really enjoy”, expressed Dominique Ryan.
The recent recipient of the Dave Eli MacEachern award for his dedication to excellence in sport, demonstrating good sportsmanship, passion for learning and continuing education is excited for a big year.
“I’m very excited to be a dual-athlete. I’m going to help out anyway I can on the ball diamond and the volleyball court. I’ve watched the Hurricanes for some many years and it’s very exciting to know I’ll be throwing on the Hurricanes uniform this fall”, said Ryan.
Baseball head coach Andrew MacNevin is glad to have Ryan as a part of his roster.
“Dominique possesses remarkable athleticism and speed on the base paths making even the routine play difficult by applying pressure on our opposition. Having also excelled in the classroom, he is a great example of the type of player we are looking to bring into our program and I am confident his determination and work ethic will transfer to continued success on the baseball field at the varsity level.”
The Hurricanes varsity baseball team will begin training camp on August 30th with the start of their season expected to be on September 13th.
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