Junior Journey: Cerantola’s path from hockey to baseball

Eric Cerantola delivers a pitch during the East Coast Pro Showcase. (Cliff Welch/Getty)

Like many young Canadian boys, Eric Cerantola grew up on hockey, but his natural athleticism led him to baseball.

Growing up as a multi-sport star that included getting drafted into the Ontario Hockey League, it was baseball that the Oakville, Ont., native eventually committed to.

Even as a young teenager, it was evident that Cerantola had the potential to live a life of sports.

“It was one of those wow moments,” said Allen Elson, coach of Cerantola during his time with the Oakville A’s. “I saw this tall lanky red-headed kid come to tryouts and I thought to myself, ‘Wow, there’s an athlete.’ “

As the 18-year-old grew up, it became more evident that the right-handed pitcher had a legitimate chance at making a career as a baseball player.

“He’s got the ultimate pitcher’s build.” Greg Hamilton, director and general manager of Team Canada. “The frame’s there, the arm’s clean. It’s everything you’re looking for in a high school pitcher.”

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