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Play ball: Two Hantsport Shamrocks players heading to Cuba

<p>First baseman Mitch Brown, of Brooklyn, left, and catcher Brett King, of Hantsport, are excited to be heading to Cuba this February as part of a goodwill tour. (Submitted photo)</p>
<p>First baseman Mitch Brown, of Brooklyn, left, and catcher Brett King, of Hantsport, are excited to be heading to Cuba this February as part of a goodwill tour. (Submitted photo)</p>

HANTS COUNTY – Brett King and Mitchell Brown have been invited to join a team of young baseball enthusiasts on cultural exchange trip to Cuba this February.

Rather than choose players for their skill at the game, Kentville coaches Trevor Croteau and Don Mailman, used passion for the game as the main criteria for the team.

“It’s kids who love baseball, not necessarily the best players but kids who are really enthusiastic,” said Mike King, Brett’s father.

The team consists of 16 players from across the province, with only Brett and Mitchell joining from the Hantsport area.

They will join five players from Kentville, and players from Stellarton and Halifax for a seven-day goodwill tour. They will bring donations of school supplies and sporting equipment with them, and play four exhibition games.

Brett and Mitchell, both 10 years old, are two of the youngest members on the team.

“Kids down there don’t have a lot,” said King. “We’re going to visit a school while we’re there, and bring them school supplies.”

Both boys play for the Hantsport Shamrocks, with Mitchell playing for four years, and Brett for six.

They boys also play hockey together, so when Brett was asked to join the team there was no question about Mitchell coming too.

“When they asked if Brett wanted to go, I asked about Mitchell, too. They said sure,” King said.

Both boys are “extremely” excited to attend.

“Mitchell is counting down the days,” said his mother, Sara Brown.

“Brett’s always been into baseball, but Mitchell used to be all about hockey. Ever since this, he says baseball is his favourite,” said King.

Mitchell and Brett will be joined on the trip by their families for their time in Cuba, and fundraising is underway to pay for the trip.

“The team did a big fundraiser already, and Brett and Mitchell have done their own. We’re hoping to get another one to make up the rest,” said King.

“It’s such a great opportunity for them. We always said that if Brett ever got the chance to travel and play, that we just gotta (do it),” said King.

Rather than choose players for their skill at the game, Kentville coaches Trevor Croteau and Don Mailman, used passion for the game as the main criteria for the team.

“It’s kids who love baseball, not necessarily the best players but kids who are really enthusiastic,” said Mike King, Brett’s father.

The team consists of 16 players from across the province, with only Brett and Mitchell joining from the Hantsport area.

They will join five players from Kentville, and players from Stellarton and Halifax for a seven-day goodwill tour. They will bring donations of school supplies and sporting equipment with them, and play four exhibition games.

Brett and Mitchell, both 10 years old, are two of the youngest members on the team.

“Kids down there don’t have a lot,” said King. “We’re going to visit a school while we’re there, and bring them school supplies.”

Both boys play for the Hantsport Shamrocks, with Mitchell playing for four years, and Brett for six.

They boys also play hockey together, so when Brett was asked to join the team there was no question about Mitchell coming too.

“When they asked if Brett wanted to go, I asked about Mitchell, too. They said sure,” King said.

Both boys are “extremely” excited to attend.

“Mitchell is counting down the days,” said his mother, Sara Brown.

“Brett’s always been into baseball, but Mitchell used to be all about hockey. Ever since this, he says baseball is his favourite,” said King.

Mitchell and Brett will be joined on the trip by their families for their time in Cuba, and fundraising is underway to pay for the trip.

“The team did a big fundraiser already, and Brett and Mitchell have done their own. We’re hoping to get another one to make up the rest,” said King.

“It’s such a great opportunity for them. We always said that if Brett ever got the chance to travel and play, that we just gotta (do it),” said King.

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