Daniel McCarthy is shown in this undated photo.
CORNER BROOK Daniel McCarthy seizes every opportunity to play a game of baseball so it’s no wonder summer is a hectic season for the Corner Brook native.
McCarthy, son of Corner Brook’s Kevin and Jo-Anne McCarthy, will participate in one more baseball tournament before fall sets in when he dons the red and white of the St. John’s Capitals for the 2013 Atlantic AA Midget Baseball Championship this weekend in Napan, N.B.
The Capitals added the stocky McCarthy to the roster after the Caps defeated the Corner Brook Barons 11-3 in extra innings in the gold-medal showdown at the provincial midget baseball tournament earlier this year to earn the right to represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the Atlantic level.
McCarthy, who earned accolades for puckstopping the Western Kings to the provincial major midget hockey crown last winter, suited up for the Corner Brook Baseball Association with the local midget team, the Corner Brook Junior Barons and the Corner Brook Barons for provincial play this past season. He also played with the provincial midget baseball team at the 2013 national tournament in Trois-Rivieres, Que. where the team placed 10th overall with a 2-4 record.
“Going with a new group of guys you meet a bunch of new friends and the competition is obviously better up away so playing against the best of other provinces will be fun,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy believes he has improved his skillset by being committed to playing in tournaments at a higher level, which is why he had no problem accepting the invitation from the Capitals coaching staff.
“You get to see how good the baseball players are in Canada ... you get to travel around and see a bunch of different teams and see how good you can get and how good players are, facing stiff competition,” he said.
McCarthy has the ability to play a number of infield positions including the catcher and pitcher positions, but he has no idea where the Capitals coaching staff plan on using him. He just knows his goal is to win baseball games and play whatever role is assigned to him.
“I don’t know how we will fare up there, hopefully we will be OK,” he said.
He has realistic goals heading into the tournament. Ultimately, he just wants to make a contribution in any way he can to help the team achieve success.
“I want to be able to say I had a great experience, meet a lot of new people and played good baseball,” he said.