Courtenay’s Thomas Plant has signed with the University of Victoria Golden Tide baseball team of the Canadian College Baseball Conference.
Plant plays for the Parksville Royals and will be joined at UVic by Royals teammate Ryan Deagle, from Campbell River.
Plant, a 6’ 1” 195-pound pitcher, battled injuries early in 2021 and then showed off an all-around skill set during the season. Plant demonstrated a patient hitting approach with break-out power from the right side as well as grit and execution on the mound.
“I have been training with the Tide this fall/winter and signed to play with them next year,” said Plant. “I want to thank the Parksville Royals as they have helped me become not only the ballplayer but the person I am today. My goals with the Tide are to bring a championship to Victoria while also getting a good education.”
Royals head Coach Frank Kaluzniak was quick to praise his players as they enter their final season with the Parksville squad.
“Great accomplishment for these guys,” said Kaluzniak. “They’ve been Royals since day one and have shown tremendous and consistent improvements throughout their tenure with the program. I wish both Thomas and Ryan all the best moving forward. They have been a pleasure to coach.”
“We’re really excited to have Thomas and Ryan join us,” said UVIC head Coach Curtis Pelletier. “We have three coaches who are Royals alum including myself so we believe in what the Parksville program is doing. Thomas and Ryan spent the fall here in Victoria training alongside the Tide and they have shown extreme work ethic and are ready to compete at the next level.”