Dequan motivates young sluggers

Dequan Bennett can be a role model for baseball in the Cayman Islands.

The Cayman Islands Little League would congratulate Bennett for emerging as one of the winners at the second annual IMG Hitting Classic this month at the IMG Baseball Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Bennett beat out over 60 participants, earning the Finals Most Valuable Player award. He stated he wanted to represent Cayman well.

“I stayed focused throughout the tournament and decided that I wanted to represent my Island and create a name for myself at IMG Academy,” Bennett said. “Luckily, I was able to do so and my name will be placed on the IMG plaque for history to come.”

Bennett, whose nickname at the academy is ‘double-double,’ took part in six inning games that were head-to-head contests in covered batting cages with pitching machines. Sam Proctor was the tournament’s other winner, with academy coaches naming him tournament MVP.

Both Proctor and Bennett got their championship trophy from coach Pete Paciorek. Bennett is in a full-time baseball programme at IMG, living, training and attending private school (with a customized curriculum) on a luxurious 400-acre campus.

The IMG programme includes student/athletes from 26 states and 11 foreign countries. The programme runs concurrent with Florida’s regular school year schedule (September to May) where boys attend classes in the mornings and train in the afternoons.

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