“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.
Mitch Moralez is the newest addition to the Kamloops NorthPaws.
The middle infielder from Temecula, Calif. is a junior a Division I University of Utah Valley and the most experienced player signed to the NorthPaws 2021 roster.
“I’ve heard nothing but great things about the West Coast League. I’ve got a lot of buddies from down here in Southern California that have got the opportunity to play in it. Everyone has said nothing but good things,” Moralez said. “Competition wise it is one of the best leagues to get a chance play in, so when I got the opportunity, I was really excited.”
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.”
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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 2022. 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.