There is a lot of excitement surrounding the Spring 2018 version of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack. Again this year, coach Ray Chadwick has scoured the country looking for some top talent.
In addition, he has a number of core veterans who have returned from the team which lost in the championship final of the 2017 Canadian Collegiate Baseball Conference championship final.
Tyler Hodder (Fort McMurray, AB) is back for his third year with the program and will again be the team’s number one starting pitcher. Hodder has been nothing short of brilliant in his first two seasons of CCBC competition. A two time all-star, he has also possessed the league’s best E.R.A.
Other all-stars back for 2018 are infielder Malik James (Woodby, ON), designated hitter Vance Fode (Bow Island, AB), and infielder/utility player Josh Hillis (Calgary, AB).
Hillis and fellow utility player Jordy Cunningham (Delta, BC) are the lone graduating players in 2018.
Chadwick has a strong pitching staff anchored by Hodder. Other veterans expected to provide big contributions are Scott Wood (Stratford, ON) , Regan Gillis (Fort McMurray, AB), Dillon Ferguson (Kirkland, WA), Josh Snider (Moses Lake, WA) and Joe Siniscalchi (Burnaby, BC).
The WolfPack have a number of veterans who lead an infield/outfield deep in talent. They include Taylor Van Ham (Medicine Hat, AB), Josh Iannetti (Fort McMuray, AB), Nick Peters (Maple Ridge, BC) and Qwinn Nesplak (White Rock, BC).
New faces who should provide top performances include Justin Beaumont (Winnipeg, MB), Jackson Dartnell (Winnipeg, MB) and Zac Comeault (Maple Ridge, BC). All three are formerly with the University of Winnipeg Wesmen baseball program.
Sophomores that Chadwick are looking to for big outings include Aaron Lemoine and Adam Filmon (both Winnipeg, MB).
Rookies Matt Pidisecky (Abbotsford, BC) and Josh Bromley (Cranbrook, BC) are highly touted. The WolfPack will again have Spring Training in Arizona.
They will be hosting the CCBC year end tournament which doubles as the National championships at Norbrock Stadium in May.