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Highly Touted Zaborowski Brings Unique Quality to NorthPaws



The Kamloops NorthPaws may have added the most uniquely talented player in the West Coast League.

Ryland Zaborowski is a 6’5” freshman corner infielder at NCAA Division I Grand Canyon University (GCU), and his connection to head coach Cole Armstrong will bring him north for the summer to suit up for the Kamloops NorthPaws.

Zaborowski played under Armstrong’s tutelage last summer in the Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League, alongside a handful of his future NorthPaws teammates.

“Right away we both just clicked. We talked about hitting non-stop, before and after the game, what we need to work on, what can we improve on, and I just got really close with him,” Zaborowski said. “That’s one of the big reasons I want to play in Canada. Cole is going to be there, and I really trust him as a coach that he’s going to make me a better player and he’s going to make it the best experience for me.”

Zaborowski will bring a highly touted skillset to Norbrock Stadium.

He was ranked by Perfect Game as the top freshman ahead of the NCAA’s Western Athletic Conference 2021 season, and he was also listed as one of the top prospects to watch for the 2023 MLB Draft.

“He hits the ball a country mile and won’t have high strikeouts either. He has a rare combo of power and plate discipline which everybody looks for in a player,” Armstrong said. “He has a tireless work ethic. He will bust as hard on a ground ball to short as on a double to the gap. His ability and desire to be a good player will serve him really well and people in Kamloops will really love to watch him play.”

In addition to his high ranking heading into his collegiate debut, Zaborowski posted impressive numbers in high school. He had a .444 average throughout his high school career, including putting up a 16-for-22 streak for a .727 batting average with four doubles and four home runs to open the shortened 2020 season.

“My goal is just to go out and have fun. Winning or losing, my goal is just to go out and put a smile on your face and enjoy that I’m playing out there with my friends,” Zaborowski said. “I try to represent my game after Mike Trout, staying humble, having a lot of fun, going out there playing hard, hustling everywhere I go, hitting the ball hard, running down balls and just making all the plays consistently.”


Photo Credit: GCU Athletics

Zaborowski is also a very unique player. He was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as a child.

Upon signing his letter of intent to play at GCU, he became one of the first high school seniors diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder to sign a Division I letter of intent for a team sport, possibly the first player to do so in baseball.

He will also likely become the first player living with Autism Spectrum Disorder to suit up in the West Coast League.

“Being one of the only ones with Autism playing Division I baseball, it’s a real cool feeling because it’s another way for parents that have children that have Autism that there is hope for their future and just to never give up on their kids,” he said. “It hasn’t affected me at all on the field. Once I’m on the field, people will even say I had no clue you had Autism or a learning disability. When I’m on the baseball field, it’s hard to notice it, but in social interactions there will be times when I can’t process what others are explaining but that’s okay.”

The NorthPaws have also signed left-handed pitcher Connor Markl from GCU. Markl and Zaborowski will join teammates Ty Siffermann and Tyler Wilson as the quartet of GCU players on the NorthPaws inaugural roster.

“GCU is an emerging program on the west coast and I’m very excited for our fans in Kamloops to see the type of players that program is recruiting and developing,” Armstrong said.

Markl features a nasty low to mid-90s sinker, a change-up and a swing and miss type breaking ball.

“His movement creates a really uncomfortable at bat, especially on left-handed hitters,” Armstrong said. “He’s the type of guy who can go out there a no-hit a team when his command is clicking. Depending on his workload at GCU, I hope to see him in the front of our rotation this summer.”


Photo Credit: GCU Athletics

The Kamloops NorthPaws are an expansion West Coast League franchise bringing the highest calibre baseball Canada’s Tournament Capital has ever seen. The West Coast League, founded in 2005, has 15 teams across Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alberta featuring some of the top collegiate players during a 54-game summer season. Find the NorthPaws online at, @northpawsbaseball on Instagram and Facebook, or @northpawsbb on Twitter.


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NorthPaws Set to Open 2nd West Coast League Season in Victoria



KAMLOOPS, BC—Excitement is in the air as the Kamloops NorthPaws are poised to kick off their second season in the West Coast League.

With the Memorial Cup junior hockey tournament being played in Kamloops, the North Paws asked the West Coast league to begin the 2023 campaign on the road.    The North Paws will open the campaign up at Wilson’s Group Stadium in Victoria, BC against the HarbourCats.  The three-game series kicks off Thursday June 2nd and winds up Sunday June 4th. 

Kamloops has 10 veterans back from the team which finished third overall in the WCL North Division (record 26-27).   The NorthPaws have changed managers twice since Cole Armstrong directed them in their inaugural season.   Former Major Leaguer Brian Anderson replaced Armstrong in October 2022 but resigned to take a position with Northwestern University (NCAA Div I).  Keith Francis was named his replacement this past April.   He and Anderson worked together with Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona and was initially coming to Kamloops as an assistant coach in 2023 before the promotion.

The HarbourCats have 13 players returning from the team which finished fourth in the West Coast League North Division in 2022 (record 26-28).


Friday June 2nd  6:35 PM , Saturday June 3rd  6:35 PM, Sunday June 4th  1:05 PM

Games streamed at HCATS.TV



1.     Cam Caley – LHP – Baylor University – Sophomore
2.      Harrison Caley – C – Baylor University – Junior
3.      Jesse Brown – OF – UC Santa Barbara
4.       Dallas Macias – 2B/OF – Oregon State – Freshman
5.       Hudson Shupe – SS – Seattle – Freshman  


1.      Andrew Stucky   C-OF  University of Texas San Antonio  Hometown: Tucson, AZ  Sophomore
2.      Robin Villeneuve 1B-LHP  Weatherford College   Hometown: Gatineau QC   Sophomore
3.      Tommy Green  SS-INF   Oakland University   Hometown: Courtenay, BC   Senior
4.      Felix Chenier-Rondeau  OF Oklahoma City University   Hometown: Blainville, QC   Senior


Victoria Head Coach Todd Haney:

“We have assembled a top caliber line-up this season and can’t wait to get things started Friday against the NorthPaws.  This is the 10th Anniversary season of the HarbourCats, and I’d like nothing more than to celebrate that by bringing the HarbourCats their first ever WCL title.  I think we have the team to do that this year and look forward to the challenges the season will bring us.”

Kamloops Head Coach Keith Francis:

Heading into the season you are always a little apprehensive about your roster. Did we get enough pitching is everyone healthy etc. we know we have several still playing in post season play so your not exactly certain who is going to be ready for the opener. Having used all the coaches excuses I am looking forward to the season. I feel like we have an offensive lineup with players who have had very good seasons at their respective schools. I believe that our offense may have to carry else early until the pitching works itself out. Our first series should be mixed bag of a lineup with so many players not expected for another week, but it will give are younger players a chance.”


The three games were played in Kamloops at Dearborn Ford Field.  The NorthPaws won two of the three games.  They opened the series June 14th with a 5-4 victory. Kolby Lukinchuk (Prince George, BC), came out of the bullpen to strike out the final two batters for the victory in his one inning of work.  Zac Beatty led the way for Kamloops with two runs batted in.

Game two had Kamloops beating Victoria 9-8. Ben Polack was the winning pitcher going three innings with a strikeout. He was the third of three pitchers for the NorthPaws that night. Kamloops had nine runs on 13 hits with four errors.

Victoria won the final game of the series (June 16) by a score of 8-3, scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning after scoring two in the first frame. Michael Nunez was the winning pitcher going four and a third innings giving up four hits and striking out five. Shay Timmer took the loss for Kamloops. He was the second of four pitchers going three innings with five strikeouts and three walks.


The North Paws have 11 players from British Columbia on their roster including five players from Kamloops itself (three of them: Tyrelle Chadwick, Jared Sucro, Nolan Austin are veterans).


Kamloops has two players who are currently members of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack baseball program:  Lukinchuk and first year outfielder Manny Recchi.   Former WolfPack player Adam Filmon has joined the NorthPaws as an assistant coach.  Filmon is the grandson of former Manitoba Premier Gary.

The HarbourCats have one TRU player on their roster this year.  Pitcher Sam Jordan who completed his first season with TRU in 2023.


The NorthPaws will kick off the home portion of their 2023 West Coast League season Tuesday June 6th at Dearborn Ford Field at Norbrock Stadium. It is a three-game series with the Portland Pickles.  Opening pitch on Tuesday, Wednesday (June 7th) and Thursday (June 8th) will be 6:35 PM.  Tuesday’s opening night festivities will include a pre-game ceremony.

Tuesday’s game will be “Blazers Night” where the NorthPaws will recognize the accomplishments of the 2022-23 Kamloops Blazers.  It is hoped some members of the Blazers hockey club will be in attendance for the contest and will be available to sign autographs.

If you can’t make the games in person, NorthPaws home games will be webcast here :   There will also be a select number of games will be shown on Shaw Cable.

For “Everything NorthPaws – Go to the website : “

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For more Information:

Jenna Forter
General Manager, Kamloops NorthPaws


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Insurance against the elements — Maxxam Insurance steps to the plate for Serauxmen Stadium



Baseball folk can be heard to say — “can’t control the weather, but you can be prepared for it.”

With that in mind, the Nanaimo NightOwls are excited to announce a major addition to Serauxmen Stadium that will not only help the WCL team, but all stakeholder groups that make the refurbished/historic field their home.


Maxxam Insurance, the community-driven company that serves the entirety of Vancouver Island and indeed B.C., has stepped to the plate with a legacy partnership, purchasing a full infield tarp, measuring 160ft-squared, to help fend off rain that is undeniably a part of being a baseball program on the moist coast, particularly in spring and fall.

“Maxxam came to us and asked how they could help, what they could do that was meaningful for not just the NightOwls but all Island baseball teams — and the lack of a tarp at Serauxmen impacted everyone’s operations in the wet 2022 season,” said Jim Swanson, GM and Managing Partner of the NightOwls. “We faced rain on opening weekend, and that whole first month. We wished we had a tarp many times.”


“Well, now we do, thanks to Bill Rai, Bryson Hill and the people at Maxxam. We are thankful, and excited. It’s a major complement to all the work done by the City of Nanaimo over the last two years.”

Maxxam is proud to help solve an issue — insurance, if you will, against the rain we all know so well.


“For us, it is always about the community and what we can do to contribute,” said Rai, the founder of Maxxam Insurance. “Sports is important to people of all ages and working with the NightOwls for this project is exciting to be a part of.”


The tarp, the same product used at famed Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver, arrived this month and will take up a prominent foul-ball area beyond the third base dugout, with a cover featuring the Maxxam logo. In addition, Maxxam has purchased a new cover for the full infield tarp at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, making that helpful feature look sharp again.


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Become A NightOwls Host Family



We have amazing players and they need temporary homes! Elite collegiate scholarship athletes working to earn a shot at pro baseball, representing our area in the West Coast League at historic Serauxmen Stadium.

We plan host homes and players around transportation and rides so they can get to the gym and the field. Some families like to give rides sometimes, but we work to make that rarely needed.


The players generally eat breakfast, go to work out, grab lunch somewhere, then take batting practice etc leading up to the game, and return home after.


The team takes bus/ferry to places around BC, Alberta, WA and OR states, usually gone 3-4 days at a time, sometimes a full week away.


Most importantly— great young men, here to experience the island and face great teams in the WCL! Some of the players will go on to play in the Major Leagues!


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