Curtis McKay joined GLC at 15u, and on the other end of his final year with GLC, he'll head to Kankakee, a junior college in Illinois.
He'll join 2021 grad Braedan MacDonald and arrive on campus with teammate Brett Hecimovich.
The right-handed-hitting corner infielder/outfielder looks forward to joining Kankakee's baseball program, stating, "KCC was the perfect fit for me because it checked off all the boxes for me. I wanted to go somewhere, where I would get the opportunity to play right away instead of sitting my first couple years."
"As well as going to a school that has a strong ball program where I can help compete for a national championship. The staff at KCC was another big reason for me because they made me feel that I would grow not only as an athlete but as a student and young man when attending KCC."
"I'm looking forward to the grind and sharing that grind with 30 other new brothers to me."
McKay credits GLC for helping him develop his love for the game and his ability. Noting that before he came to GLC, "I was just another kid playing baseball at a high level. I never really loved the game of baseball."
"The only reason I kept playing was because I was really good at it. When I joined GLC the staff really taught me how to play and understand the game and I fell in love with it. Ever since it's been my goal to play at the next level," said McKay. "GLC has made a tremendous impact in my career."
McKay has been a part of numerous championships during his time with GLC, winning three times thus far. Meanwhile, the college trip was another memorable experience that opened his eyes to playing at the next level.
This off-season, a focus for McKay's has been to become more agile while continuing to tap into his power potential at the plate, but to a greater extent. Meanwhile, he noted that he wants to finish his GLC career with an 18u championship and "carry that success into my fall season at Kankakee."
McKay's first coach with GLC, Derek Bloomfield, noted, "having Curtis at his 15u season was a treat. At that time, Curtis was as professional as it comes for a young athlete as far as how he carried himself on and off the field. Kind of a quiet leader type that lets his play do the talking."
"Curtis has continued that role as he inches closer to his college career and has grown into a solid player. Kankakee CC won't be disappointed; they're getting a good one."
McKay's advice for upcoming players:
"My advice for up and coming GLC players would be to ask questions. You're surrounded by the best coaches in all of Ontario and they know so much about the game of baseball. Even asking older players as well. Knowledge is everything and it's what takes your game to that next level above the opposition," said Curtis McKay, 2022 GLC Grad.