BRANTFORD — Brantford Red Sox U15 Tier 2 player Marc General is finally back doing what he loves, which is playing ball!
After not playing for most of the summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this athlete was back on the diamond in August playing in what will be a month- long baseball season with no tournaments or playoffs to follow.
“Marc provides us with an extra pitcher,” Brantford manager Cory Hill said. “He throws hard and has great skills. Marc also has a good bat. He’s swinging the bat a lot better.”
Playing at home on Wednesday, August 19th at George Henry Park, Nathan Hill started in what turned out to be a 6-0 win against the Ancaster Diamondbacks which got Brantford back to the .500 mark.
Along with standout pitching, Brantford also showed great patience at the plate and got some stellar defence including a couple of standout plays at third base from General who showed great athleticism.
“I’m excited to play again,” General said. When asked what he likes best about playing ball, he stated, “I like batting the best. I’m just happy to be playing.”
The Red Sox broke open a scoreless game in the third when Ancaster’s pitcher walked the bases loaded before eventually walking in two runs, which included General for what was a 2-0 lead. The Red Sox continued to show great plate discipline as they got their third run on a wild pitch before three more came home on bases loaded walks.
“Batting,” General stated about what his team did well.
Riding the momentum of a 6-0 lead, both Brantford and Ancaster had some quality offensive opportunities in the later innings but due to some stellar defence there was no more scoring.
Afterwards Manager Cory Hill was full of praise for his team which included two other Six Nations players in Nathan Hill and promising outfielder Kobe Jacobs.
“Kobe is just the nicest kid,” Hill said. “He is the fastest kid on the team and works really hard. He also shows some great power.”
When it comes to Nathan, coach Hill remarked, “Nathan adds great depth at pitching. He threw the ball well today. He also plays a great first base and just loves the game.”
That passion for competing on the diamond and laughing with friends is the prime focus for this month- long season.