Amherst baseball player Spencer Moreau is part of the Canada-Cuba Goodwill Tour that will playing in Varadero, Cuba in January.
AMHERST – An Amherst teen is getting the chance to play baseball in a country where the sport is revered.
Spencer Moreau, a shortstop/pitcher with the Amherst Red Sox, will be part of a Nova Scotia team heading to Cuba in January to participate in the Canada-Cuba Goodwill Tour.
“I’m really excited about it. It’s not something everyone gets to do, play baseball in Cuba,” Moreau said Monday after helping coach the Mixers little league baseball team.
The 15-year-old has played baseball his entire life and was a member of the Nova Scotia and Atlantic championship Red Sox squad from last season.
Moreau saw information about the tour over the winter and went to a camp earlier this year to tryout for the opportunity to go to Varadero, Cuba from Jan. 31 to Feb. 7.
“I have a lot of work to do to get ready,” said Moreau. “I have to work hard over the summer to improve my game because the baseball will be really good.”
Moreau’s not sure what positions he will be playing, but he said just being given the opportunity to play is most important.
While it’s not being organized by Baseball Nova Scotia or minor baseball associations, it’s being looked after by a number of high performance coaches throughout the province including Baseball Nova Scotia’s 2011 Coach of the Year and Baseball Canada Grassroots Award Winner Dennis Woodworth.
Former professional player Trevor Womack, Joe Hicks, BNS president Barry Gillis and Colin Campbell – a 2012 coach of the year winner – are also members of the coaching staff.
The tour will include games, clinics, a school visit and a trip to Havanna.
“This experience will show our players how fortunate we really are in our country and we will be wearing commemorative Canadian uniforms that the players will be keeping after the tour is complete,” coach Woodworth said.
Besides working on his game over the summer in preparation, Moreau said he also has to raise close to $2,000 to cover things like airfare and accommodations. He’s also hoping to take some used baseball gear with him to give to the Cuban players.
“We’ve been looking around at yard sales for baseball gear like gloves and cleats,” Moreau’s mother, Marnie, said.
Amherst Bantam Baseball is also hoping to send some used equipment and uniforms with Moreau.
For more information, or to make a donation to help Moreau go to Cuba, call 664-1616.