Budding Baseball Player at Gandatsetiagon PS

Posted On Friday June 17, 2022
First Homerun

As the Toronto Blue Jays look for future talent, they don’t need to look any further than the budding talent at Gandatsetiagon Public School named Christopher DesLauriers.

To say Christopher eats, sleeps, and breathes baseball is an understatement. From all accounts he loves the game and has been playing since he was two years old, and by four, was in an organized league. By eight, he had already won a Rep Player of the Year title in Pickering.

Christopher is now 11 and in Grade 5, looking forward to this year’s baseball season. 

“I play short stop, I play third base now, and I’m also a pitcher,” says Christopher. “I just love baseball.”

Christopher’s talent has not gone unnoticed as his 10U team won the Provincial AAA championship recently. He was awarded Pitcher of the Year for his team and Most Valuable Player (MVP). He was also the celebrated Rep Player of the Year for players under 13 for his club in Whitby and was recognized as the 2021 Eastern Ontario Baseball Association Rep Junior Player of the Year for 13U. The accolades continued with a recent Pickering Sports Award presented by the Pickering Mayor earlier this spring.

Kevin DesLauriers, Christopher’s father describes his son as very humble whenever he gets an award. “He loves it and I really love watching him play. As long as he wants to play, my wife and I will do anything to help him. We recently built a batting cage in our backyard to help him practice,” says DesLauriers.

“Christopher loves sports, he loves competition,” says his father. “We have been playing baseball since he was a really young kid, picking up ground balls or just hitting. As he got older and bigger, he started training every single day for a couple hours each day. It is great that he loves baseball and is also good at it.”

“At this point in his playing career, he gets the high-pressure games, and he embraces it,” explains Christopher’s father. “When things go well it’s awesome. When things don’t go well, he has shown that he is really good at dealing with it.”

As for the Blue Jays and their future prospects, Christopher is one to watch out for. His love of the game and humble approach are helping him thrive.