Have bat and glove

Journey takes Langley infielder to Nanaimo

A player who lived his whole life in Langley is in his rookie year with Nanaimo’s Mariners.

  • Nov. 24, 2016 10:00 a.m.

Brodan Bydeweg’s baseball aspirations have taken him overseas. Sort of.

The 18-year-old Langley Secondary grad, who has lived in the same house, on the same street, all his life, has changed zip codes for the first time in his life so he can attend Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.

It’s all for the love of baseball, said Bydeweg, an infielder who hopes to play as long as he is able.

“As far as it takes me,” he said, of his baseball aspirations. “College, for sure, continue college ball but getting drafted would be nice, too.”

The appeal to Bydeweg is how baseball is equal parts individualistic and team sport.

“It’s like a team sport and at the same time it’s yourself,” he said.

Bydeweg and the Vancouver Island Baseball Institution Mariners play in the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC), going up against teams such as the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack, Okanagan College Coyotes, Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs, and the University of Calgary Dinos.

Bydeweg suited up last year for the Cloverdale College Prep Nationals, who finished tied for the team lead with a .443 batting average.

He had an affinity for baseball from a young age.

Bydeweg noted that he always played with and against players a year older than him, growing up playing under the Langley Baseball umbrella.

“If I was eight, I’d be playing nine year olds, if I was nine, then it’d be 10s, so I was always up one age division,” Bydeweg explained.

Bydeweg left Cloverdale for a year of bantam AAA, then returned to play ball locally with the Langley Blaze junior and then senior teams.

He’s a second generation athlete.

His mom, Dawn, was offered a scholarship to go to San Francisco to play softball.

“She never ended up taking it,” Bydeweg said. “My dad [Richard] also played soccer, so I got a good combination of both skill sets, so that was kinda nice.”

The intensity level will be turned up a couple of notches in the CCBC, Bydeweg expects.

“A lot faster, just game-wise, like ground balls and fly balls and the ball hit a lot harder,” Bydeweg said.

“Pitching is going to be a little bit better, faster, better curve balls and stuff like that.”

Bydeweg met VIU head coach Jordan Blundell, who also happens to manage the Nanaimo Buckaneers, after a game between the Bucs and Nationals, and Bydeweg was offered a tour of the campus.

He is now living in a basement suite with a teammate in the north end of town and is studying recreation and sport management, which could lead into a career as a sports agent or a scout. But that isn’t the dream: the ultimate is to one day play baseball for a living.

“Definitely” he said. “But it’ll take years of work.”


Just Posted

VIDEO: Geocaching attracted adventure seekers to new Langley City event

Dozens of teams came out to discover a mix of art and nature during a new treasure hunt.

Hobby cyclist hits Langley streets and wineries for MS

Tim Baillie has been mounting up for 14 years now, riding for the cause.

VIDEO: 10-year-old gives veteran lacrosse announcer a little help

Broadcast buddies Jake Elliot and Keagan Winterlik shared play-by-play duties at a Thunders game.

LETTER: Froese’s views on homelessness ‘degrading’

A Langley Advance reader calls statements from the mayor into question.

VIDEO: Langley’s hospital auxiliary pinches pennies to kick in $1.5 million for ER expansion

The auxiliary’s contribution is the largest single donation by the volunteer group.

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group claimed responsibility after four people ran onto field in police uniforms

Fans party on Montreal streets after French World Cup win

To city is home to nearly 57,000 French nationals

SilverStar officially opens Gondola

The brand-new gondola is now offering scenic rides for visitors on SilverStar Mountain Resort.

VIDEO: Man climbs crane in Abbotsford

Police, fire called to deal with climber last night

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park deteriorating: federal study

Drawing on decades of research — the report lists 50 pages of citations

Most Read