Saunders Mireault Commits to the Genesee Community College Cougars in Batavia, NY

by Jim Stewart

Saunders Mireault became the sixth Titan from the Class of 2023 to commit to a US College. The Barrie, Ontario resident signed his letter of intent to play for the Genesee CC Cougars on Saturday.  Mireault, a Fall Ball transfer from the Barrie Baycats, will be suiting up for the Batavia, New York community college in the 2023-24 season.  The 18U Titans’ dual player explained the reasons for committing to the NJCAA Division 3 Cougars:  “I committed to Genesee because the baseball program was welcoming, and seemed like a hard-working program. As well, the transfer opportunities from Genesee to a four-year school are great.”  

18U Titans Head Coach and College Placement Officer Denis Bailey expects Mireault to thrive both as a pitcher and a position player for Genesee CC:  “On the mound, he offers a different look that will keep collegiate hitters off-balance.  He provides good defense and contributes offensively with a short compact swing.  Saunders is a big pickup for us this season and we expect big things from him with both the Titans and the Cougars.”

The Innisdale Secondary School graduate confirmed that he will “be majoring in Physical Education” at Genesee and is “looking forward to living on the college campus, and enjoying [his] time in Batavia, New York.”  Mireault’s goals as a student-athlete at Genesee CC are both immediate and long-term:  “My athletic and academic goals at Genesee will be to hold a 3.0 or higher GPA, as well as improve my baseball skills enough to transfer to a 4-year school.”

Mireault expressed his gratitude towards Coach Bailey and the Titans Baseball Club for his US College placement:  “The Titans helped with my college placement by giving me the opportunity to go on the fall college trip. As well, the Titans Coaching Staff helped sharpen my pitching and fielding before the trip.”  

A common thread for the Titans’ first six College signings is their participation in the Fall College Trip which featured playing 15 US schools in 15 days in October.  The importance of this trek through eight American states was acknowledged by the former Barrie Baycat: “The highlight of my career as a Titan has been the fall trip. I haven’t been with the Titans long, but the trip was a great experience.” Despite his short time thus far with the Titans program, Saunders Mireault offered timely advice to younger players:  “I would tell younger players to start working early. Focus on school, and get your grades up as well and buckle down on baseball training. The earlier you focus on your baseball goals, the better off you’ll end up later.”

Congratulations, Saunders, on the achievement of your short-term baseball goals through your commitment to the Cougars. As well, welcome to the Titans Baseball Club.  We wish you the best of luck in your first Canadian Premier Baseball League season with the 18U Titans and all the best in your freshman season at Genesee Community College in 2023-24.