December 2, 2013, Nanaimo, BC (ISN) – Vancouver Island Baseball Institute (VIBI) freshmen Aidan Goodall, Braeden Mousseau, and Mitch Hawkins have all be awarded scholarships from the British Columbia Premier Baseball League (BCPBL) for their outstanding achievements in the classroom during their final year of secondary school.
Aidan Goodall (Nanaimo, BC) is the recipient of the Rud Haar Memorial Scholarship for a high school player with remarkable academic standing in his final year of secondary school. Aidan maintained a 4.33 GPA in his final year at Nanaimo District Secondary School, and will receive a $1,500 scholarship. While maintaining his excellent academic performance, Goodall was a standout for the Nanaimo Pirates. In his final year in the BCPBL, the right-hander he posted a 5-2 record and a 1.58 ERA in 57 innings, including 8 starts. At the plate, Goodall hit .238 with 13 RBIs.
With his commitment, Aiden became the second Goodall to play for VIBI, following brother Liam who played at VIBI in 2012. Liam earned a scholarship from Embry-Riddle University (NAIA) in Daytona Beach, Florida following that season.
Goodall comments on the scholarship and the words of Liam,
“Although it can be tough sometimes to balance school and baseball, I’ve always been very committed to my education. I was able to have success with both with the Pirates and I look for more of the same at VIBI. Liam had nothing but good things to say about his time with VIBI, which was a major factor in my decision to come here, knowing I was entering a great situation.”
Braeden Mousseau (Nanaimo, BC) is the second BCPBL scholarship winner at VIBI and was a teammate of Goodall with the Pirates hitting .246 with 6 RBIs and 13 stolen bases this past season. He attended Wellington Secondary School in Nanaimo prior to beginning his college career at VIBI.
Mousseau, who catches and plays the infield, is already familiar with his new head coach,
“My education is very important to me, so the quality education we receive at VIU makes it the right fit. I have had the opportunity to work with Coach Blundell for the past five years already, so I am very familiar with how he does things. He has always taken the time to work with me whenever needed, and has had a major hand in crafting who I am as a player today.”
Mitch Hawkins (Victoria, BC) is VIBI’s third scholarship winner. Hawkins played with the BCPBL’s Victoria Eagles hitting .207 with 13 RBIs this past season while attending Esquimalt Secondary School. It is also a family affair for the Hawkins’, as Mitch follows his brother Luke in donning the VIBI uniform. The elder of the Hawkins brothers, Luke pitched for VIBI in 2012-2013 and was the 2012 recipient of the Rud Haar Memorial collegiate scholarship.
Mitch says VIBI gives a player the opportunity to succeed on and off the field,
“Academics is a priority to me personally because I want to make sure I have a solid base to fall back on, if my baseball career does not take me as far as I hope. Coach Blundell and the staff here place an emphasis on our studies and create an atmosphere where their players can succeed on and off the field.”
VIBI Head Coach Jordan Blundell,
“We are proud to have these three as members of VIBI. All of them are committed in the classroom as well as on the field and personify what it means to be a student-athlete.”
“VIBI players are ambassadors to our Nanaimo community. They are role models for the youth players who attend our camps. Aidan, Braeden and Mitch show that you can combine academics with athletics.”
VIBI is proud to have this trio of dedicated student athletes join the VIBI family. Congratulations to each of them!
Vancouver Island Baseball Institute is a collegiate baseball team based in Nanaimo, BC, and are the 2010 Canadian College Baseball Conference champions. The VIBI season begins in late February with all home games being played at Nanaimo’s Serauxmen Stadium.