At 6-foot-11, Eric Hegadoren is an intimidating sight on the mound.
The right hander out of Saanich’s Lambrick Park secondary is currently one of six players signed to a 10-day contract to start the season with the Victoria HarbourCats of the West Coast League.
Hegadoren knows he doesn’t have a lot of room for error if he wants to make the team.
“I have to throw well on those days to get a chance. That’s all I can do,” he said.
This year Hegadoren, who is still improving on his 89 mile-per-hour fastball, played junior college ball at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif. He didn’t make any starts but will likely get that chance when he returns as a sophomore next year.
“(Junior college) was a lot of fun and a big learning experience, a big jump from the (Premier Baseball League),” Hegadoren said. “There’s some great players there looking to put in a good year and get drafted, it’s good baseball.”
Hegadoren is actually one of three right-handed pitchers currently signed to the HarbourCats from the 2013 B.C. Premier Baseball League champion Victoria Eagles, along with 2013 BCPBL MVP Brandon Feldman and Brett Hull. The latter duo played for Otero Junior College in Colorado.
Tomorrow night (June 5) the HarbourCats host a local premier baseball league select squad of players chosen from the Victoria Eagles and Victoria Mariners teams at Royal Athletic Park.
Game time is 7 p.m.
The HarbourCats open the WCL season in Kelowna on Friday and at RAP on Tuesday, June 10.