Sunbelt player for Canada moves to America

ADRIAN O'HANLON III | Staff photoMichael Stremlaw played for Team Canada in the 2019 Junior Sunbelt Classic, but is moving to America.

Players and coaches from Team Canada will return home following the end of the Junior Sunbelt Classic. But Michael Stremlaw is headed to Indiana.

Stremlaw, a right-handed pitcher from Iroquois Ridge High School in Oakville Ontario, suited up for Canada during the 2019 Junior Sunbelt Classic. After his father, Greg Stremlaw, was the executive director of CBC Sports before taking his current role of president and CEO of Indy Eleven of the United Soccer League, the younger Stremlaw said playing for Team Canada took on more meaning.

"Canada is where I was born. It's where I grew up," Stremlaw said. "It's probably my last chance to wear the colors of my home country given I've now moved."

He said the move has been good so far. Some residents, he said, were surprised when Michael Stremlaw told them he came from Canada. He does miss his family and friends from back home, though. 

"It's been pretty cool," Michael Stremlaw said. "I've never hung out at a football stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, as much I have the past couple weeks. So that onto itself is exciting."

Michael Stremlaw does not know where he will attend for his senior year of high school, but is looking forward to it. Michael Stremlaw has said he has had some offers to play baseball at the next level and was in the midst of talking to them.

He is hardly the only athlete in his family. His sister, Kristin, is a synchronized swimmer at the Ohio State University. His mother, Wendy, was a national champion in trap shooting. 

Michael Stremlaw himself played for Team Canada at Sunbelt in both 2018 and 2019. He has also played hockey and soccer, but there's a certain love he has for baseball.

"I always told my parents, 'This game has the most community feel,'" he said. "I love that family mentality." 

Contact Corey Stolzenbach at CStolzenbach@mcalesternews.com