The Kamloops NorthPaws have strengthened their inaugural rotation with two freshman pitchers from the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. Vic Domingo and Sean Heppner are following very parallel paths through their baseball development. They both grew up playing in the BC Premier Baseball League, they simultaneously attended the 2019 Tournament 12 showcase hosted by the Blue Jays Baseball Academy, they are dorm mates for their freshman season with the Thunderbirds, and they will...
The Kamloops NorthPaws have added another Spartan to the inaugural roster.
Right-handed pitcher Trevor Allen from Los Gatos, Calif. will join his San Jose State University teammates Dalton Bowling and Joe Sassi in Kamloops next summer.
Allen has only made three appearances for the Spartans, due to the shortened 2020 season, but he was a standout player during his tenure at Los Gatos High School. He posted a 14-1 record, including a perfect 9-0 record with five complete games, two shutouts, 41 strikeouts and a 1.27 ERA during his senior year.
“I consider myself a crafty lefty. I’m not going to come out there and overpower anyone with a fastball. I like to work in all my pitches to keep hitters off balance,” he said. “Definitely something I can bring to Kamloops is a winning attitude and help out in any way I can when I step on the mound at Norbrock to hopefully win some games for the NorthPaws this summer.”
The Kamloops NorthPaws newest recruit will help solidify defense in the outfield and add power to the lineup next summer.
Joe Sassi, a corner outfielder from Piedmont, Calif., is the newest addition to the NorthPaws inaugural roster.
“He’s a guy who will bring big raw power and a strong arm from the infield corner positions,” said head coach Cole Armstrong. “We’re excited about the potential he brings. We have a lot of guys we expect to see big improvements from during the spring and summer and Sassi is definitely one of those guys.”
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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.