Though bittersweet, the 2014 season bodes well for the North Shore Twins in 2015. Both the Premier Twins and Junior Twins sat near the top of their respective leagues for the majority of the 2014 regular season, and advanced to the Championship game in the Provincial Playoffs; unfortunately, both lost their final by a single run (the Juniors lost to North Delta and the Premiers, playing their third game of the day, lost to Langley in extra innings).
In addition, the Premier Twins placed five (the most in the PBL) players on the Provincial Selects team and one, Will McAffer (RHP) on the Junior National Team, while the Junior Twins sent several players to the PNCs. Between its returning veterans and the Juniors moving up, the 2015 Twins are looking at another squad deep in talent and driven to challenge for the PBL provincial title.
The Premier Twins will once again be lead by Canadian Baseball Hall-of-Famer John Haar and, with the assistance of Brooks McNiven, Bryon Kennedy, Leo Gauthier, Mike Mitzel and Dave Hole, it will field one of the better coaching staffs in the PBL.
On the field the Twins will rely on the returning seniors to lead the way. Nic Favaro will be tasked to control the defense and manage the pitching staff from behind the plate, as well as hit in the middle of the order and drive in runs. Brandon Currie, Matthew Reyes and MacGregor Sharpe will also see time behind the plate.
Reyes and 12th graders Taylor Wright and Robert Hemer will be expected to solidify the infield. Newcomers Cole Ensing, Ryan Fonseca and Spencer Lindeman should also see significant time on the infield, perhaps providing the Twins with the most infield depth in a number of years. Grade10 Steven Moretto who came up to play shortstop in the Final Four last year will see the majority of his innings at short again this season, and may even step in behind the plate.
The outfield will be anchored by grade 12 Geoff Ehresman who will also be looked to as a run producer. Trevor Fonseca, Ryan Fonseca and newcomer to the Twins, Nick Carusi, all of whom add a lot of speed to the lineup, will see significant time in the outfield with Ehresman.
The Premier Twins will have a very deep pitching staff once again this season, led by Matteo Vincelli, Braeden Toikka, Robert Hemer and Junior National Team member Will McAffer. Stefan Helyar and Evan Lawrence, both new to the Twins this season, will challenge for a starting spots. Moving up from Junior and adding to the pitching depth are Trevor and Ryan Fonseca, James Bradwell, Reece Huntley and Cole Ensing. The Premiers also expect to dip into the Junior ranks and see regular mound appearances from a pair of very talented grade 10s, Jack Decooman and Sam Shoemaker.
Once again it should be a very exciting season for the North Shore Twins senior team with depth throughout the roster. The team will be looking to challenge the top teams in the league and make a push to be in the Final Four come August.