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Beeton pitcher just glad to be on the diamond

September 4, 2020   ·   0 Comments

With a late start to the 2020 baseball season, any leagues that were fortunate enough to at least get started will be playing into the fall this year to make up for time lost earlier.

For Ethan Kennedy Munsterman, just getting out on the diamond and playing is a big deal.

The Beeton resident plays third base and pitches for the Aurora Titans U18 team who have been calling the diamond at the Tottenham Community Center their home diamond this summer.

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, the team is down to playing only two other squads in the league this year.

In his fourth season as a baseball player, Ethan is relatively new to the sport compared to a lot of players who got their start in T-ball, however he has come a long way and has enough talent to play on the rep team. He played one year of house league before moving up.

“I think because I’m long and lanky, I’m 6’3,” Ethan said of how he got into pitching. “I tried it and I liked it so I kept doing it.”

It was one of his coaches who suggested his height might serve him well on the mound, and he was right.

“Before all the COVID-19 stuff happened our season was looking pretty good. But with COVID-19 it all went downhill. I tried to do as much as I could to stay in shape. I didn’t get to throw very often – that was the big thing for me. In training, for me, it was the glove. When I pitch I aim for the glove,” he explained of the difficulty training as a pitcher when he didn’t have a catcher to receive the ball.

Even though it’s a short season, Ethan said he’s glad to be out on the diamond.

“I’m looking at it, like at least I’m playing and not sitting at home and doing nothing,” Ethan said. “At least we got the chance to play, even if there are different rules and the ump is behind the pitcher. It’s still baseball.

The Titans played a double header on Sunday, August 30, taking on a team from Hamilton in the morning before playing a squad from Welland in the afternoon.

By Brian Lockhart



         


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