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.”
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...
The Kamloops NorthPaws have added Arizonian Ty Siffermann to their inaugural outfield.
“He’s a tremendous athlete. He can absolutely fly and he’s extremely strong,” Armstrong said. “He made plays last summer that, if there was a camera there, it would’ve made the Top 10 on SportsCentre.”
“Just wait until you see this guy go catch a ball in centre field.”
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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.