Baseball prospects can strut their stuff

The Canadian Elite Players International College and University Showcase and Seminar is set for Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 25-26) at the Hamilton Indoor Sports Dome on Frid Street.

Organized by the Canadian Thunderbirds Elite Baseball Club, the event directs players to possible athletic scholarships or pro draft opportunities in North America.

Organizers anticipate as many as 40 Canadian and American college, and university coaches, and Major League Baseball scouts will attend the indoor showcase for Canadian players. Saturday’s program will operate from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday the seminar will go from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hamilton Firefighters Banquet Centre at 175 Dartnell Road.

Sunday’s seminar panel includes representatives from Canadian universities, junior colleges, NCAA four-year, and Division II and III universities. Each panelist will outline the opportunities, courses, and programmes offered by their schools.

The panel includes Wayne McGowan, McMaster University; Scott Balantyne, Waterloo Wilfrid Laurier University; Don Colpoys, Buffalo Canisius University; Mike Kelly, Erie County Community College; Skip Newman, Genesee University; Dan Bartolini, Mercyhurst College; Matt Clingersmith, Niagara College; John Coyle, Neumann College (NCAA University); Josh MacDonald, Long Island University; and Roger Coryelle, Eastern Michigan University.

A representative from the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau will also have a seat on the panel.

From the more than 200 players from across Eastern Canada who applied to the Showcase, 82 players were accepted. Eligibility is limited to those players who will graduate in either 2009 or 2010.