HarbourCats athletes and staff connected today with youth from the PISE High Performance Baseball program during a welcome back event at PISE. The players enjoyed some warm up exercises and ball throwing with the youth, followed by lunch.

“This is a great opportunity for the youth in PISE’s baseball program to hear about what it is like to play at the next level” says PISE High Performance Coordinator, Chris Hinton. “I think the HarbourCats athletes enjoy the opportunity to give back and share their experiences with the next generation.”

PISE is the home training centre for the HarbourCats and the two organizations are expanding what they offer to the community.

“PISE and the HarbourCats are extending their partnership with quality training tools that are letting Canadian baseball players compete at the same levels of other top baseball players abroad,” states HarbourCats General Manager, Brad Norris-Jones.

This year a new shared portable batting cage will give the athletes in the PISE program a much needed increase in practice time hitting.

20 athletes are in the PISE Performance Baseball program this year and the program is expected to grow to 30 in next year. All the athletes for the last three years have seen great improvement and excellent increases in their performance testing. Two athletes from the program had the opportunity to participate in HarbourCats games and practices at the end of the season last year.