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The provincial Peewee AA baseball championship Burnaby team paid Duncan’s Brayden Radcliffe the ultimate compliment.
He was asked along with Duncan Cardinals’ teammate Cam LeSergent to join Burnaby at the Western Canadian championships in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
“I was pretty excited,’’ said Radcliffe, 13. “Obviously, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Being my last year in peewee, it was pretty amazing for me.’’
Radcliffe is a catcher and benefited from watching both his parents play the position, but knows there’s still lots of areas of his game that need work.
“I think blocking balls behind the plate is always something you can improve on,’’ he said.
“You still get the odd ball going past you, some that should be caught. My hitting also needs a bit of touching up. I’m trying to learn to go the other way with the ball.’’
Coach Wade Radcliffe keeps the dad part of their relationship at home when they’re on the ball field.
“To be honest, he listens well, he tries to focus on what he’s doing,’’ said Wade.
Joining the Burnaby team was a bit bittersweet after the Cardinals couldn't make it on their own.
“We all had a bit of an off-weekend coming into the provincials,’’ said Brayden. “It happens.’’