For Deiten Lachance, it was not even a question. Leaving Sherbrooke at the age of 15 to move to Montreal to join the Canadian Baseball Academy seemed natural to him. His father did it at the time as all the best players under 18 in the province. Little by little, the road to American colleges is drawn in front of him.
It’s not yesterday that former Sherbrooke Athletics are attracting attention. Anyone who has learned to walk on a baseball field will be one of the top 60 players invited to the CBA program after being considered for a long time as the best baseball player in Quebec in its category.
“I have not heard anything but good about this program. My dad has been there too. I want to be surrounded by the best coaches and I want to meet good players. I had to go without asking myself a question. “
Quebecers Abraham Toro of the Houston Astros and Russell Martin of the Los Angeles Dodgers had also chosen ABC at the same age as Deiten Lachance.
“There are other programs out there, not all players go through this program, but the Canadian Baseball Academy has proven its worth,” said father Alain Lachance, known in the region around the world. Baseball, which was many of his family. The date will be surrounded by physical trainers and several other trainers and specialists. The supervision will be optimal! “
His participation in the various CBA evaluation events and the Claude-Raymond Classic allowed him to stand out again, not to mention his achievements in the tournaments in which Deiten Lachance participated.
“Deiten has been dreaming of American colleges for a long time. ABC will allow him to achieve his dream, says Alain Lachance.
Deiten will not be the first in the region to break into the United States after the transition to ABC. Sherbrookois Jason Bégin succeeded while young Henri Sauriol, Éric Foy and Hugo Benoit have all also joined ABC in the past.
“I want to be with Eric and Hugo, who I know well, so I’m sure the adaptation will go well! »Indicates dates Lachance.
A tour of the United States
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Deiten Lachance and her team of 16 years and under hope to join a US tour in July and August.
After enrolling at the École secondaire Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Deiten Lachance was able to continue her studies at Cégep Ahuntsic while working with ABC 18 years and younger, hoping to receive an invitation from American colleges.
If his natural position remains as a recipient, it may well be that the young Sherbrookois is occasionally called to the mound.
“Deiten is already able to throw his fastball at 158 km per hour,” informs Alain Lachance, who still plays for Sherbrooke Expos today. What people do not know is that I was also a catch when I was younger. Now I’m mostly a first or third baseman. Deiten throws fast, but he will also meet throwers who throw even faster. He will be able to get used to throwing at 90 miles per hour already. He will play often, but above all he will face quality opponents, which can only be beneficial for his development. “
It remains to be seen if this path takes him as far as Russel Martin, Abraham Toro.
It is often said that Deiten follows in my footsteps, but I rather think that he will find his own way and he will track it in his own way! »Evaluates Alain Lachance.