“We’re definitely disappointed to not begin play in 2021, but we’re still ecstatic about bringing the NorthPaws and the West Coast League to Kamloops. Talking to people throughout the community, that excitement is shared throughout the city. The pandemic has stalled us from starting, but it hasn’t deterred us from starting,” says the NorthPaws ownership group.
The Kamloops NorthPaws have added big first baseman Ty Penner for the 2021 season. Penner, from Lethbridge, Alta., is a sophomore with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. “Ty is a plus defender at first base and he’s got a power potential as a big left-handed batting first baseman. He’s grown and gained muscle over the past couple of years,” said Sammie Starr, assistant coach with both the NorthPaws and Thunderbirds. “We’re pretty excited to see where he’s going to be by the...
Ryan Beitel did not sign with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds expecting to be part of the pitching staff.
No, the NorthPaws’ newest pitcher was primarily a shortstop growing up playing minor baseball in Cloverdale and for the Langley Blaze of the BC Premier Baseball League.
Beitel pitched about 10 times in high school, but one of those outings happened to be against the son of Thunderbirds’ head coach Chris Pritchett.
“I just happened to throw a no-hitter that night..."
The Kamloops NorthPaws have added Tyler Wilson to the inaugural roster. The Wilson name is familiar to baseball fans in B.C. His father, Steve, is from Victoria and went on to play six seasons in the Majors as a pitcher. The younger Wilson, now a freshman at Grand Canyon University, is looking to follow in his father’s footsteps, albeit via a vastly different path. He lists his hometown as Chandler, Ariz., but Tyler spent the first nine years of his life living in Taiwan, where Steve had...