“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 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.”
The Kamloops NorthPaws have added another powerful bat to the inaugural infield.
Dalton Bowling, a sophomore corner infielder from NCAA Division I San Jose State University (SJSU), adds another bat with big pop to the NorthPaws lineup.
“Dalton was a highly touted prospect out of high school,” says head coach Cole Armstrong. “With a big bat and strong glove, he really fits how we’re trying to build our roster. We have a good mix of guys who can hit for power and play solid defense at the corners.”
Tommy Green is looking forward to the 2021 season to finally get back into a ball game and to do so in his home province for the first time since 2018.
Green, the newest member of the Kamloops NorthPaws infield, did not see any game action in 2020.
The redshirt sophomore shortstop at Cuesta College, a junior college in California, fractured his hand before the season opener. Once it had healed, the COVID-19 pandemic had already put an end to the season.
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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.