Oregon State University’s sophomore outfielder Wade Meckler and freshman utility player Brady Kasper have signed with the NorthPaws for 2021.
“Kamloops, I saw pictures of it and it just looks awesome... That looks like somewhere I want to be for the summer.”
The Kamloops NorthPaws have deepened their inaugural roster with the addition of three players at the beginning of their NCAA Division I seasons.
Catcher Marshal Luiz, shortstop Zane Skansi and outfielder Hunter Swapp have been signed for the 2021 West Coast League season.
“Being one of the only ones with Autism playing Division I baseball, it’s a real cool feeling because it’s another way for parents that have children that have Autism that there is hope for their future and just to never give up on their kids.”
The Kamloops NorthPaws newest pitcher adds to the depth of Canadian talent on the 2021 roster. Tate Dearing, a 6’2” right-hander from Surrey, will bring his deceptive mix of pitches to the mound at Norbrock Stadium. Dearing throws five pitches: a four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, 12-6 curve, slider and circle changeup. “I’m not the kind of guy who’s going to come in, light up the radar gun and blow it by you at 95 or 96 so I have to take a step back and get crafty,” he said. “I utilize...
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the Kamloops Northpaws
The Kamloops NorthPaws is the newest team to join the West Coast League. The team will be made up of NCAA Division 1 and 2 players as well as local athletes and the inaugural season starts in the summer of 2021. The level of play in the West Coast League is outstanding, ranking among baseball’s top summer collegiate leagues, which will make for the highest calibre of baseball Kamloops has ever seen. The season is 54 games, including 27 home games to be played at Norbrock Stadium.
1500 Island Pkwy, Kamloops BC
Norbrock Stadium is a professional-sized baseball field that seats approximately 1,500 spectators. The stadium hosts multiple softball and baseball events in Kamloops each year, and was built in as a 1967 Canada Centennial Project on McArthur Island Park.