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by Brad Aubin
Baseball has provided Caleb Cain-Plante with many opportunities in his young life, with the 15-year old athlete having traveled to Tucson, New York, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati among other US cities to play the game he loves. This weekend, the Sturgeon Falls teen adds Oklahoma to the list, as he attends the 2018 Sophomore Sunbelt Classic from June 1 to 3. The international tournament will see Caleb playing against some of the best athletes in the field, and he’s excited for the trip.
The young man is part of the Sudbury Voyageurs baseball club, which competes in the Elite Baseball League of Ontario. He gives credit to his coach, Brodie Jeffrey, for his opportunity to play in Oklahoma.
“Coach Jeffrey recommended me to go and try out for the Canadian team as they held open tryouts,” says the teen. “The first tryout was in the GTA [Toronto] and out of the first few hundred, I made the first cut of 40. After the first cut, they held another tryout in Windsor and I made the top 16 and got a chance to play on the team. I was really jacked and very excited. I was proud that I had made it.”
Caleb knows the tournament will be very competitive and feature some of the best athletes in the United States, but he’s not intimidated.
“I’m going to be playing against Major League Baseball prospects, and many current Major League Baseball pros have played in this tournament. There will be a lot of talent on the field and I’m really looking forward to competing and doing my best,” he beams.
Despite his young age, Caleb is already used to representing Canada in international competition, having played for Canada in 2015 in Tuscon, Arizona, as well as taking part in several tournaments south of the border.
“I’ve always performed well going to the States to play ball. In a tournament last year, I batted an .800 and hit 6 triples. I feel like the States are almost like a second home to me when it comes to baseball and I play very well down there. I really hope that trend continues!”