As a teenager, Antoine Tremblay juggled between hockey and baseball. A young elite student in both disciplines, he sometimes had to make difficult choices to combine his two passions. At 6 pm, he just received a scholarship to continue his career in baseball in the United States.
Color carrier for Laflèche College Dragons and Trois-Rivières junior Aigles, Tremblay accepted a proposal from Mineral Area College, in Missouri. The first division team in the American collegiate ranks will offer him an exciting scholarship for a position player.
Just two years ago, Antoine Tremblay targeted the QMJHL. The sixth round of the Val-d’Or Foreurs in 2019, he turned to baseball. He sort of followed his instincts.
“When I was younger, I had to make some tough decisions because I loved both sports. Until 4 or 5 pm, I was more of a hockey player than a baseball player, even though I was better at baseball, ”said the original Saguené, who refined and maximized his skills in this discipline after moving away from home. Family in Mauricie.
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“I was in a city that thrives on baseball, and in my first year I participated in the Canadian Championship! It made me keep going. ”
But Antoine also did well in hockey. This is where student athletes like him face the tough choices when the seasons of the two sports overlap. This is especially true among the young elite.
“I played Midget Espoir with Estacades. If it had not been for the late baseball season, I might have played dwarf AAA. Let’s just say it didn’t help to create a job for me with the team. “
Foreurs still selected him in the sixth round of the QMJHL draft in 2019, at the end of this season spent in the dwarf Espoir (41 points in 29 games). His stay at the team’s training camp in Val-d’Or did not go as he expected.
When he returned with Estacades, he joined the dwarf AAA team. “I came back with doubts, I asked myself many questions. Coach Frédéric Lavoie was very good to me, and I was able to continue training in baseball, to prepare for the junior elite season. This openness, I am convinced that it helped me in both disciplines! ”
Tremblay will have played about fifty games with Estacade’s hockey dwarf AAA (27 points in 42 games), before turning to baseball. He played for the Eagles in the summer of 2020. Before a back injury slowed him down, he hit an above 0.300 average. He fulfilled his role as the first hitter wonderfully.
I was supposed to play with the 17-year-old prospect of the Academy of Baseball of Canada, but the context of the pandemic held me back somewhat. I did not want to travel to Montreal, so the federation allowed me to play with the Junior Eagles. ”
He did well enough in the Quebec Elite Junior Baseball League to get attention south of the border. Eagles Jr. left-handed ace Nathan Landry, who played for Mineral Area College last year in Missouri, spoke loudly about his teammate.
“Nate helped me enough, yes!”
Antoine Landry wants to climb the ladder to the NCAA. He will also contribute to the success of Aigles Jr, when the season resumes in the spring of 2021 in the elite Quebec junior.
“I do not know where all this is going to lead me. On the other hand, if I had to go far, I want it to serve as an example for younger people. That it is possible to train two sports at the same time at a high level. I also want it to be easier to integrate more disciplines, without having to make heartbreaking decisions at such a young age. My example is hockey and baseball, but I know there are other sports where the situation is the same. “