McCoy Pearce has led a nomadic baseball life.
The 25-year-old native of Kamloops, B.C., joined the Welland Jackfish this season after spending the 2022 campaign with the Okotoks Dawgs of the Western Canadian Baseball League. Before that, the mobile first baseman played for five college teams.
“I’ve moved all over the place,” Pearce said. “I went to five colleges, four in the States and one in Canada in my last year.”
Pearce’s adventure began at the New Mexico Military Institute before he transferred to another junior college. He has also played in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) in Kansas and at a D2 college in Missouri before finishing up at Okanagan College in Kelowna where he hit .366 with five doubles, four triples, and 36 RBI in 2022 for the Coyotes.
All that moving around could be disorienting, but Pearce said it was quite the opposite.
“I kind of liked it. I got to meet so many different people and coaches and got to see so many different things about baseball, different aspects,” he said. “It was pretty nice that way.”