Espanola 10 Year Old Makes Rep Team – Finishes Fourth In Ontario


By Rosalind Russell – We have all heard of them … that special boy who has the arm of gold on the diamond. Well, an Espanola 10-year-old is showing that skill early and it paid off for him this summer.
To say Braiden Paul got to live his ‘Field of Dream’s would be an understatement. The son of Adam Paul and Renee Rivet, Braiden lives in Espanola, but loves fastball so much he asked to try out for a rep baseball team in Sudbury in the Spring … and he made it.
The team is called the Sudbury Shamrocks Mosquito.
Proud father, Adam, shared the memory.
“He went into try outs with only softball experience here in the Espanola league,” recalls Adam. “Thirty-eight kids tried out for the team and 12 made the cut with an extra two spares.
“He’s played in over 30 regular season games in the house league in Sudbury and has been to tournaments in Bracebridge, Brantford, North Bay, Val Caron and Orillia.”
And that’s not all … the team won two of those tournaments and placed well in the others.
Braiden started out at third base, but has progressed enough to use that ‘golden’ arm to take the pitcher’s mound, as well as have a bit of fun in the outfield.
This past Labour Day holiday weekend capped off the season with provincials in Orillia.
“We won Friday night against North Toronto, then won Saturday morning against South West London, then again in the afternoon against Cambridge, but lost a close one to Mississauga in the evening game.
“We played Richmond Hill Sunday afternoon, but lost in a 5-4 tough battle to end the weekend.
“That being said, we placed fourth overall in the province.”
Adam is proud of his son and the team, adding it was a great year and he is looking forward to seeing what his son does in the future.
“The Shamrock team was made up of a great bunch of kids and coaches, and many friends and family are very proud of Braiden’s hard work and dedication to the team.”
His hometown also showed its support. When owner, Andy McKechnie from Espanola Home Hardware found out that Braiden had made the team, the store sponsored the team. Another local sponsor, Kinkora Construction, is the family business owned and operated by Braiden’s father.

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2 Responses to Espanola 10 Year Old Makes Rep Team – Finishes Fourth In Ontario

  1. Mary-Anne Secord says:

    That is awesome Braiden…good luck for the future, I’ll be watching!
    Mary-Anne Secord.

  2. Rochelle Paul says:

    I’m very proud od you Braiden. Good job!!
    Luv from

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