MILFORD: David “Bubba” Watson is excited to represent Nova Scotia and Canada as a team member of the 2018 Canadian Junior Mens team.
He is part of the Canadian team selected to represent Canada next summer at the 2018 WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship from July 7-15 in Prince Albert, Sask. The final roster has been determined following a Selection Camp held in O’Leary, P.E.I. in August following the completion of the U18 Men’s Canadian Championship.
“With the team now selected, we are looking forward to working with our athletes as we prepare them for the World Championship in 2018,” stated Jeff Ellsworth, Head Coach of the Junior Men’s National Team. “We asked the athletes to make our team selection decisions difficult and they did not disappoint. We are very pleased with the high level of competitiveness they displayed throughout the identification and selection process. ”
“I’m really excited for the opportunity,” said Watson. “They had 200 athletes that tried out, and they selected 26 after that to go to the national championship in August.”
Earlier this year, the coaching staff held a series of provincial and regional identification camps throughout the country that attracted just under 200 athletes.
The extraordinary thing about Watson’s journey is that although he has played ball for several years, he hasn’t been pitching long.
“I only started about three years ago. Me and my dad would play catch, I would pitch it to him and I just started to really like it. I got better at it,” he said.
Trevor Comeau, teacher and fast pitch coach at Hants East Rural High, said he is not surprised Watson landed a position on the roster.
”I am so extremely proud of him, he works so hard at his sport,” he said. ” Couldn’t have happened to a harder working, nicer player. Great leader that helps to grow the game and wants to see the sport flourish In East Hants.”
Team Canada earned the bronze medal at the previous Junior Men’s World Championship held in Midland, Michigan in 2016, with Japan winning gold and New Zealand claiming silver.