Preview of the 2017-18 season
The baseball program at Thompson Rivers University has been one of the best in the nation since manager Ray Chadwick took over 14 years ago.
The team plays out of the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Conference. The regular season is in the spring with the clubs having an exhibition campaign in the fall.
The Fall of 2017 is exciting for the ’Pack. That is because they will be hosting a university team from the Dominican Republic for a series of games in early September at Norbrock Stadium.
Chadwick continues to scour the country for top recruits. Although he lost a couple of key veterans during the summer, he expects Thompson Rivers to field another strong and competitive team.
Chadwick has a number of veteran pitchers back for this season including Americans Josh Snider (Moses Lake, WA) and Dillon Ferguson (Kirkland, WA). They are led by two time CCBC All-star Tyler Hodder (Fort McMurray, AB) and Scott Wood (Stratford, ON).
Hodder was one of five WolfPack players who were all-stars last fall. Others returning are infielder Malik James (Woodby, ON), Josh Hillis (Calgary, AB), and Vance Fode (Bow Island, AB).
James and Fode lead a strong sophomore group which also includes two players from Winnipeg, Manitoba: pitcher Aaron Lemoine and infielder Adam Filmon.
Highly touted recruits for 2017-18 are: Eric Turner (6’3”, pitcher/outfield/infield, Grande Prairie, AB-Grande Prairie Regional High School/Northwest “AAA” Northern Lights), Matt Pidlisecky (5’10”, infielder/, Abbotsford, BC-Mennonite Educational Institute/Abbotsford Senior Cardinals (BCPBL)), Zachery Comeault (5’7”,shortstop, Pitt Meadows, BC-Pitt Meadows Secondary/University of Winnipeg (NAIA), Jackson Dartrell (6’3”, catcher, Winnipeg, MB-River East Secondary/University of Winnipeg (NAIA), and Jacob Bromley (5’10”, Outfield/Pitcher, Cranbrook, BC-Mount Baker Secondary/Cranbrook A Bandits).
Adding to the excitement for this season is the fact the CCBC Championship returns to Norbrock Stadium. The WolfPack will host both the 2018 and 2019 tournaments.