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EBA players have strong performances at High School Academy & College programs

Eastern Baseball Academy players have turned in strong performances this fall at their respective Elite High School and College programs. Monaghan said “the Eastern Baseball Academy had a successful 2012 season having players get recruited, but could see bigger success in 2013. As many as 11 EBA players could move onto elite high school/college programs in 2013 really putting PEI baseball on the map!”

Taylor Larkin, Darcy Affleck and JP Stevenson all came through the Eastern Baseball Academy, while Spencer Horne and Dylan McKenna played for EBA President Jason Monaghan under the 2012 Youth Selects Program.

“Taylor Larkin has been an excellent addition to the Niagara County Community College Baseball team,” said coach Matt Clingersmith. “There has never been any doubt that Taylor could perform at the collegiate level.” Larkin, a St. Peter's Bay native, threw 12 scoreless innings out of the bullpen this year. “Taylor holds the same determination in the weight room and in the classroom,” Clingersmith states. “His professors and I are certain that he has a bright future here at NCCC, and will move forward to a four year university to continue his education and play baseball.”

Stratford's Darcy Affleck played third and first base at the Prospects Baseball Academy in Alberta. “Darcy has a great attitude, is very coachable, and possesses a tireless work ethic,” said Taylor Burns. “Darcy had a great fall for us and was a fixture in the lineup. . . . “We really like his potential defensively. At the plate Darcy has the potential to be a middle of the order hitter at the college level, which is readily apparent as he adjusted to the tougher pitching and is having some great success. Darcy has been everything I had hoped for and more and I look forward to working him for the next year and a half."

New Glasgow's JP Stevenson pitched for the Vauxhall Academy in Alberta. Coach Les McTavish said the staff was curious to see the hurler throw against college hitters. “JP passed with flying colours,” he said. “He was successful on the mound proving to be one of Vauxhall’s most consistent pitchers.” Stevenson didn’t walk a hitter this fall and was credited for his work ethic on and off the field.

“Eastern Baseball Academy has equipped Stevenson with the foundation and skills to excel in this game,” McTavish said. “Thanks to coach (Jason) Monaghan and his staff at EBA for their commitment to these young men and time they take to develop these players for the next level.

Spencer Horne (Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Academy in Alberta) and Dylan McKenna (Prairie Baseball Academy in Alberta), both Cornwall natives, also had strong fall seasons after successful summers playing key roles with the P. E. I. Youth Selects team, coached by Monaghan.

Okotoks coach AJ Fystro said Horne has been showered with positive feedback from the coaching staff, most notably Dawgs Pitching Coach Brandon Newell and TRU Head Coach and former MLB player Ray Chadwick who both see “huge upside” in Spencer Horne. “From the day I saw Spencer at the 2012 Canada Cup I knew there was something special about him and he has not disappointed,” Fystro said. Fystro also states “Horne has shown huge improvements in a short period of time and we look for him to be a go to guy over the next year in our program. The Dawgs program could not be happier to have Spencer in our program.”

McKenna has added between five and 10 pounds of muscle at Prairie and become a better infielder. “His feet are much better and his arm is getting stronger,” said assistant coach Ryan MacDonald. “His hitting has taken time but by the end of fall you could see he was more consistent at the plate, and hit a homerun in our World Series!!” “To say the least we are very proud of Dylan and all the other East Coast Kids that come our way every year.”

“I say this all the time, ‘ East Coast players’ work ethic are stronger than any other kid in Canada. Their desire to get better and get to the next level is outstanding, I love them all."