BASEBALL. Mathys Ayotte continues her dream in the third year of the Baseball Academy of Canada (ABC) program. The 18-year-old pitcher is trying to prove his worth in the hopes of getting a scholarship in the United States.
The ABC program, which brings together Quebec’s best players between the ages of 16 and 18, has trained many athletes who have gone to American colleges and universities. Some of them were even drafted by a professional team.
“I speak to several schools in the United States, but at the moment it is nothing serious. I intend to start in September, but it will have to happen soon. I still believe in my goals, “said Mathys Ayotte, who would follow in the footsteps of players from the region such as Xavier Gonzalez-Bayard or Eliot Goulet.
At 6 feet tall and weighing 224 pounds, Mathys Ayotte is hired as a pitcher initially in the CBA under-18 team. The young Drummondvillois describes himself as an aggressive gunner who likes to take the lead against the opponent’s trackers.
“I attack the trackers very early in numbers and I have my pitch under control. I give no relief to the attackers. It’s a bit of what makes me strong, “said the young racer.
In addition to a quick ball reaching 87 miles per hour, Mathys Ayotte also controls the slippery ball and change the speed.
“My fast ball is very moving. This movement complicates the task of the attackers. I can combine this with my curved ball, which is moving in the opposite direction. It is difficult for trackers to adapt. It’s an asset that allows me to burn more sticks, “he said.
Like a quarterback or a goalie in hockey, a pitcher must show great mental strength to reach the highest peaks in baseball.
“I’m not afraid of adversity.” I will not let the circumstances fall. I am able to stay in my match, even though I still have a long way to go in this chapter. The higher you progress, the stronger you need to be mentally. For example, when you get hit or the fans shout at you, you have to be able to stay cool, “said Mathys Ayotte.
Mathys Ayotte names right-handed pitcher Alec Manoah of Toronto Blue Jays as his main league inspiration.
“I appreciate the quality of his feasts, the way he carries them, exactly what he delivers. I see myself a little bit in him. I try to reproduce what he does. I bring it to my trainings and matches, “he explained.
CBA members have recently traveled to Arizona and western Canada. Quebec’s best hopes were played by preparatory matches, especially against the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers.
“It was a really great experience, both on the baseball side and off the field. It didn’t take long and chemistry developed between the players and the coaches. We really created a big family, “said Mathys Ayotte.
“We have met with large caliber teams. We didn’t win, but we were able to compete with them. It proves how good we are in Quebec. We weren’t thrilled, even though they were professionals. We came ready and we could show them who we were. I was happy to face this adversity, “he added.
For the first time since 2019, two CBA teams (under 17 and under 18) will meet clubs from Quebec Major League Baseball (LBMQ) this summer. In their first race of the season, the under-18 team lost 7: 2 to the Thetford Mines Blue Sox.
“It wasn’t our best match, but we’ll make adjustments,” Mathys Ayotte assured. We saw the quality of the game, we want to give better performance from the second match. We try to win in every match. Our opponents do not want to be defeated by a team of 18-year-olds, but we want to show them what we can do. “
The ABC Under-18 team will also be at the Jacques-Desautels Stadium on Friday, June 17, starting at 8:00 PM to cross swords with Brock.
“As soon as I learned that we would be playing against senior elite teams, I waited for me to find out the date of our match in Drummondville. It will be a special match for me. I don’t know if I will start, but I already have a fever, “said Mathys Ayotte.
Prior to joining ABC, Mathys Ayotte studied sports at the Marie-Rivier High School.
“During my years at Marie-Rivier, I learned that you have to be yourself. I’m not an arrogant person. Despite my success, I remain humble. I also learned never to give up despite obstacles. For example, I always had an injured elbow. I have worked with sports studio coaches, including Vincent Bourgeois, and we have found alternatives so that I do not mind, “said the man who is currently studying at Ahuntsic College in Montreal.
The Baseball Academy of Canada will be playing a team game this Friday, June 10, at the Jacques-Desautels Stadium. Some of the best players in the program will meet starting at 7 p.m. Mathys Ayotte will be one of the beginning pitchers.
Baseball Drummond invites the public to attend the event in large numbers and will use this opportunity to raise funds to support Mathys Ayotte in his further calls.
“Baseball Drummond would like to celebrate the return of an athlete who spent many hours in the region, in addition to proudly representing us in the top competitions,” said the local minor baseball association.