Elite Performance Academy athlete Angus Adams and his Team Ontario teammates are off to a great start at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. Angus started the tournament with 3 RBIs and scored twice to lead Team Ontario to a 14-4 win over PEI. Ontario followed that up with a 1-0 win over Nova Scotia on Day 2, and the tournament concludes with the Gold Medal game on Friday August 4.
Angus was featured in the Ottawa Sun story about Game 1:
New outfielder Adams leads Ontario at Canada Games
Saturday, July 29, 2017, 7:10 PM
Angus Adams drove in three runs for Team Ontario on Saturday at the Canada Summer Games. (POSTMEDIA FILES)
Angus Adams’ latest chapter in his accomplished baseball career began this season, when his coaches shifted him to the outfield and took him off the pitcher’s mound.
“I was a pitcher for the last two years, but it’s nice to get the at-bats (now),” said the Ottawa-Nepean Canadians player, who didn’t get to bat as a pitcher the past two seasons.
“I went from pitcher to right fielder not because I was lacking, but all the coaches said I had a good approach at the plate. The coaches gave me a chance and I ran with the opportunity.”
He was certainly running Saturday on the opening day of Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, sparking Ontario to a 14-4 victory over Prince Edward Island in a round-robin game.
Angus, 18, recorded two singles and a walk in four plate appearances, driving in three runs and scoring twice.
“The Games have been awesome. The opening ceremony (Friday night) was top notch. I’m very fortunate and happy,” added Adams, the starting pitcher for Canada in two games at the 2013 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., and the subject of a story written that year by the Washington Post because he memorized the names and positions of all the players on the 30 Major League Baseball teams.
Ontario is a traditional favourite in baseball, having won medals in 11-of-12 Games — six gold, three silver, two bronze — since 1969.
Gatineau’s Marie-Leatitia Ziba and her Quebec teammates defeated Saskatchewan 84-58 in women’s basketball to reach the quarterfinals with one round-robin game remaining. Ziba counted one free throw.
Angus has been a mainstay at EPA for the past 2 years, training year-round in the Train 2 Perform program to raise his overall strength, speed, and athleticism and allow his baseball skills to shine on the diamond. Big things to come from this young man in the future!