2017 BCPBL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
2017 North Shore Premier Twins Season Outlook
After spending most of the 2016 BCPBL regular season in 1st place, the Premier Twins seemed to run out of gas near the end of the season and missed a repeat 1st place finish by a single win. Unfortunately, the July swoon continued into the playoffs and despite advancing to the Final 4, we made an early exit. We are hoping to not repeat that experience in 2017.
Returning as Head Coach for 2017 will be Brooks McNiven assisted by returnees, Mike Mitzel and Parker Kynoch. The staff will be adding pitching coach Steve Roller.
As in most years, the Twins will again rely on the returning seniors to lead the way and expect that our new crop of rookies will challenge for both starting positions and support roles.
This year will see a depth in catching that we haven’t seen before. Noah Or, moving over from the North Delta Blue Jays is expected to hold down the fort assisted by Ryan Lim, Brandon Hupe and Dion Wintjes.
Veterans Marshall Hogan, Matteo Porcellato and Steve Moretto will again anchor the infield while Alec Cumming, Ryan Baker and Dan Sereda will fill out what we consider to a strong infield crew
Last year’s strong outfield will continue with starters Robert Mackie and Thomas Neal platooning with Connor Alderman, Dion Wintjes, Carson Ho and Brandon Hupe.
The Twins will have a pitching staff which may be one of the best in the league. Led by Junior National lefthander Jack DeCooman, and returning veterans Sam Shoemaker, Cole Dalla-Zanna, Tim Walters and Thomas Hemer Moving up from Junior and adding to the pitching depth are Matthew Watson, Declan Dutton and Cortez D’Alessandro. Robert Mackie is also capable of moving from his outfield position players to the mound.
On the offense side of the game, we expect the seasoned veterans to carry the team especially in the early going. Marshall Hogan, Steve Moretto, Robert Mackie, Thomas Neal and newcomer Noah Or should give us some pop while the rookies adjust to the tougher pitching found at the Premier level.
An early challenge for the Twins this year will be coping with a rash of off-season and pre-season injuries to our veterans. While key players work through the post-Perfect Game bumps and bruises, our rookies will get early opportunities to show what they can do.
It should be a very exciting 28th season for the North Shore Twins senior team with a combination of veteran presence and rookie potential throughout the roster. We expect to again be contenders.
North Shore Twins has been the top program for elite 16- to 18-year-old baseball players on Vancouver's North Shore since 1990. In more recent years the program has expanded to include teams for younger players as well: North Shore Junior Twins and North Shore Prep Twins. The three teams now comprise the North Shore Twins Baseball Club, which is operated by coaches with professional and/or college baseball credentials and dedicated volunteers. The club is based at Parkgate Park in North Vancouver, BC.
The Premier Twins is a member of the prestigious British Columbia Premier Baseball League ("BCPBL"), recognized as the foremost baseball league in Canada for high-school-age players, which is comprised of twelve teams: North Shore, Abbotsford, Coquitlam, Fraser Valley, Kelowna, Langley, Nanaimo, North Delta, Parksville, Victoria (2), and White Rock. The team plays approximately 90 games per season including league and tournament games throughout British Columbia and the US.
The Premier Twins' roster is primarily made up of North Shore players, with others from across the Lower Mainland choosing to join the program. Players are selected for their ability, commitment and desire to ultimately compete at the college or professional level. The program aims to provide the environment, guidance and skills—physical, mental and emotional included—that will allow these dedicated baseball players to reach for their dreams. Since its inception the North Shore Twins has been highly successful in meeting its goals.
Under a series of Head Coaches including Buff Schemmer, Dave Empey, Canadian-Hall-of-Famer John Haar (he heads up the North Shore Twins Baseball Club and has returned to the Head Coach position after a period with the Prep Twins), Jordan Wilson, Larson Bauck, many of its graduates have been able to play baseball while pursuing their post-secondary academics at US and Canadian colleges and universities thanks to athletic and academic scholarships and other financial assistance. In addition, fourteen Twins have been drafted into professional baseball. The team’s most famous draftee is Gibson’s Ryan Dempster, and the most recent, taken in the 2015 First Year Player Draft, are Will McAffer in the 32nd round to the Reds and Tristan Graham (2013 grad) in the 22nd round to the Orioles.