Victoria Eagles pitcher joins junior national team

Kurt Horne of the Victoria Eagles will attend the Canadian junior national team’s spring training camp this month.

Kurt Horne of the Victoria Eagles will attend the Canadian junior national team’s spring training camp this month.

Horne, a 16-year-old left-handed pitcher, joins 28 other players from across Canada to compete at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla., April 12 to 21.

Also attending is Eagles general manager Gautam Srivastava as a guest coach for the camp.

The annual camp features daily practices and seven exhibition contests against MLB prospect teams, including a match against a Toronto Blue Jays development squad on April 16 in Dunedin.

Horne played for the Victoria Eagles premier team last year, throwing 55 innings with an earned run average of 2.00 and a 5-2 record. He helped the B.C. Selects capture silver at the Canada Cup last summer.

Last year Srivastava became a regional scout for the Minnesota Twins. He was Baseball Canada’s 2010 Coach of the Year and for the past two years he has been the manager of the B.C. Selects at the national cup.

B.C. Premier Baseball League season is under way.

The Victoria Mariners season starts Saturday, April 13 when the Parksville Royals visit for a double-header at Henderson Park, 12 and 2:30 p.m. The Eagles first home game is also April 13, when the Whalley Chiefs visit Lambrick Park for two games, 12 and 2:30 p.m.