NEW GLASGOW – After an extensive tryout process that began in March, the Nova Scotia Youth Selects U-17 baseball team named their final roster for 2014 last week with New Glasgow’s Steven Conway making the cut.
Steven Conway of New Glasgow has been named to the Nova Scotia Youth Selects U-17 team. They will play in the Nova Scotia Junior AAA League as they prepare for the Canada Cup, which is being held Aug. 6-11 in Saskatoon.
Conway, 15, joins 17 other players from around Nova Scotia that will participate in the Nova Scotia Junior AAA League in preparations for the Canada Cup, which is being held Aug. 6-11 in Saskatoon, Sask.
Conway is a first year midget player who grew up playing in the New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball program. Throughout his minor ball career he has had the opportunity to bring home provincial titles and was part of a peewee Atlantic champion team from the Pictou County.
A pitcher on the Nova Scotia roster, Conway may also see some time at third base. He said vying for a spot on the mound was intense during the tryout process, especially with 34 of the best players in the province in attendance.
"I worked hard, listened to what the coaching staff were asking me to do and worked on those aspects of my game," Conway said. "The coaches are really knowledgeable in every area of the game, I feel they will really develop us as a strong competitive team."
Although he’s had experience at the provincial and Atlantic level, this will be his first time participating at a national event.
"I can't wait to play at the Canada Cup,” said Conway. “Playing against the best baseball players in my age division will be awesome.
"With the way we have started, and also get along as a team I think we will do pretty good, and hopefully make the medal round."
The U-17 squad opened their exhibition series with two strong games against Dartmouth’s junior AAA team, playing to a 5-5 tie in their first game before picking up a 3-1 victory in the second half of the exhibition doubleheader.
Regular season play begins this weekend with the Nova Scotia Youth Selects playing Dartmouth and Tri-County in weekend action.