Jeff Watkin’s many months of training and sacrifice are finally paying off for him as he has accepted a scholarship to play for Grace College in Warsaw Indiana. Playing for the Grace College Lancers, Watkin will be one of the youngest starting catchers in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), as well as the first Canadian ever to attend the school.
Watkin started playing baseball when he was six, playing for an Amherstburg houseleague team. His parents signed him up not thinking much of it, but at the age of eight, a play Watkin made caught the eye of Amherstburg travel coach Brad Bondy.
“I threw a ball from centerfield almost over the backstop.” Watkin recalled, “Brad saw that and came to my games every year after until I played travel.”
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