Burns Impressing in Increased Role Throughout Season - 'I have very high expectations for myself'
MIDHURST - Carson Burns is soaking up every opportunity in his third summer with the Baycats.
The former Western Texas infielder said he has been pleasantly surprised with the turnaround he has had as of late with Barrie. “Lately I’ve turned that around and started performing like I'm used to. I have very high expectations for myself and I’m never satisfied. The goal is to be one of the top hitters and shortstops in the league and that comes with consistency, For the Baycats as a team, we are young. We are still learning how to play with each other and get the job done as a unit. We have very young arms and a lot of guys are just getting their feet wet in the league so I believe it’s only uphill from here."
Burns was clear on what his goal is for 2021.
"The end goal is obviously to win a 7th consecutive championship."
Heading into the season, he was soon to have a familiar face on the left side of the infield, as the Baycats had recently signed former Western Texas teammate and infielder Marcel Lacasse. The two, who had met while playing in JUCO (Junior College), were both staples in the lineup for the team.
The pair put up impressive numbers; Burns hit .372 with 4 home runs & 64 RBI. Lacasse hit .373 with 22 home runs & 93 RBI.
Baycats manager Josh Matlow said he has been thrilled with Burns' play this season - on both sides of the ball.
“Carson has been an integral part of our middle infield. After being on the Baycats for a few years and not playing full time, we feel this is his year. He’s a great defensive fielder, can get hot with the bat, and has a great attitude and work ethic. We are pleased with everything he brings to the table and we expect him to be a Baycat for a long time!”
When it came down to returning to school during a pandemic for Burns, however, he decided to go a different direction.
“Due to Covid [-19], my college career was cut a little short. For me, I’m back home in school finishing my degree and the Baycats is a perfect mix of fun, yet competitive baseball that still provides an opportunity to move further with your baseball career. The Baycats have provided me with an opportunity that I will forever be grateful for. This organization is filled with great people. From the board of directors to the staff, to the fans, and current/former players."
Burns also spoke about the atmosphere at the ballpark.
"The vibes at Coates stadium are unmatched. Barrie is such a great place to play and I love every time I step into the stadium. [I'm] playing with my best friends, in front of the best fans in the league."
Burns concluded the interview with a message for Baycats fans.
"I would like Baycats fans to see me as someone who can make a difference. It may not be a ball hit 500 feet, but I’m always going to do what I can to get the job done. Whether [it's] at the plate, or in the field, I’m going to give everything I have to get the job done.”
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