WolfPack Baseball Secure First Baseman From Manitoba (Lemoine)
Kamloops, BC—Thompson Rivers University WolfPack baseball head coach Ray Chadwick will literally go anywhere to find a recruit. But until recently they haven’t had a player from Manitoba.
That’s all changed now that Chadwick and the WolfPack are pleased to announce that first baseman Aaron Lemoine of Winnipeg has committed to the program as of September 1st.
The 18 year old Lemoine is a 6’2” first baseman/pitcher (left handed) with the North Winnipeg Pirates. He will graduate from Kevin High School this June.
“I decided to come to TRU because of the options that the school had for me and obviously the great baseball program,” he said after visiting the school earlier this month. “I also heard that the baseball team is like a family which is very appealing. The WolfPack have a great track record as well.”
“Aaron is a perfect fit for our program,” says Chadwick. “We love guys that can play multiple positions and Aaron can certainly do that. “
He adds that Lemoine will likely see a lot of work on the mound. “If you look at our line up right now we don’t even have anyone who throws left, so Aaron will certainly get an opportunity. He will fit right in.”
Chadwick says WolfPack alumni who live on the prairies and coach now saw Lemoine and recommended he investigate TRU
Gary Dear has been Lemoine’s coach the past three years. “Aaron’s strongest asset is his game sense,” he says. “He is a very smart baseball player. He runs our infield and is almost like a playing coach”.
He adds. “Aaron does run the bases well and can read a pitcher well.”
Lemoine has a lot of family connections from Kamloops and adds they encouraged him to check TRU out. He plans to take courses aimed at achieving a Bachelor of Arts degree at Thompson Rivers.
“Kamloops and TRU really blew me away when I got the chance to come and visit,” he said. “I had never been anywhere around Western Canada. Kamloops seems like a great city and definitely a place I want to spend the next four years of my life at. Norbrock Stadium was the first place I went to when I arrived in Kamloops. The first thing I noticed when I stepped onto the field was the mountain range behind right and center field: I had never quite seen anything like that because I have lived on the prairies my whole life. It is an outstanding facility.”
On the subject of family, Lemoine has great blood lines: His uncle Hank is in the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame as a player and is an umpire.
Lemoine was also looking at schools in Ontario and North Dakota before deciding to come West. He is the third baseball recruit announced by Chadwick. The others are: Vance Fode (6’3” outfielder/infielder, Bow Island, AB-Senator Geishaw Secondary-Brooks Bandits WMBL), Marc Ashford (5’11”, infielder, Delta, BC-Vancouver College-North Delta Blue Jays BCPBL),