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Saugeen Shores | by Fred Wallace  

Pitcher Follows Brother To U16

SAUGEEN SHORES BASEBALL PLAYER ACCEPTS FULL TIME PITCHING POSITION WITH ONTARIO BLUE JAYS

Local baseball player, 15 year old Jack Middleton has accepted a full time pitching position with the Ontario Blue Jays 16 Under team.    

Middleton says “I watched my older brother Tyler pitch for them and when they offered me a full time position it didn’t take me very long to say yes.  It means travelling to Mississauga three times per week and doing homework and studying in the car, but it’s the way to a college scholarship.  It’s the best possible coaching that a pitcher can get anywhere in the country.”

Middleton started his baseball career with Owen Sound Minor Baseball before moving to Port Elgin and becoming a member of Saugeen Shores Minor Baseball.  In 2014 he represented Western Ontario at the Ontario Summer Games in Windsor as an underage player.  And last year he played and pitched for the Stratford Indians Major Bantam team and was named the co-winner of the MVP award for the team.    

The Ontario Blue Jays program was established in 1996, started in part by the Toronto Blue Jays to foster the development and promotion of Canadian Baseball players.  Over the years the organization has been growing into the year-round program that is now considered the top program in Canada and one of the top elite programs in North American amateur baseball.

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