Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have had a few players from the Kootenays on their baseball team in the past, but none recently from Cranbook.
That has changed now as head coach Ray Chadwick and the WolfPack are announcing that outfielder/pitcher Jacob Bromley of Mount Baker Secondary has agreed to join the program in September.
Bromley will be enrolled in courses hoping to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. “I was looking to all the different schools around BC and Alberta,” the 5’10” Bromley said. “Thompson Rivers gave me a good feeling. I loved my school visit. Ray is a great coach and all I have heard about him was great.”
He currently plays for the Cranbrook “A” Bandits who play in an American Legion league based out of Montana. “Both my coach and my BC Summer Games coach said playing for Ray would be a great experience. I am excited to play.” He currently leads his team in hits and is second in runs batted in.
“I am a good contact hitter and fast in the outfield,” Bromley says about his strengths. “I steal a lot of bases for my team.”
Bromley is a multi-sport player. He played competitive hockey and saw some time as an ‘affiliated’ player with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Kimberly Dynamiters two years ago. “ I decided to continue with baseball because it’s my first love.”
Bromley knows it will be step up to the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Conference but he feels he will be able to handle the adjustment.
Paul Mrazek has been Bromley’s coach with the Bandits for the last six years. “I can see Jake in the outfield and that will be an easy adjustment from American Legion to College. Hitting might take a bit longer to adjust to the faster pitching, but shouldn’t take too long as he has quick hands.”
Says Chadwick about his latest signing: “Jacob will be a great fit for our program. He will compete for the centre field job. He has plus speed and will help us win a lot of games with his legs both on offence and defense.”
He is looking forward to the WolfPack’s community “I love being out in the community,” he says. “Back home we do a lot of camps and help out. I am really excited to be a part of it. I also like the media attention that TRU sports gets in Kamloops.”
PASSED BALLS: Bromley on state of baseball in Cranbrook: “We have a pretty good club. We won the state championship two or three years ago.” Cranbrook moved from the “B” league to the “A” loop this year. The team is has a record of 12-17.
Bromley joins other signings: Eric Turner (6’3”, pitcher/outfield/infield, Grande Prairie, AB-Grande Prairie Regional High School/Northwest “AAA” Northern Lights), Matt Pidlisecky (5’10”, infielder/, Abbotsford, BC-Mennonite Educational Institute/Abbotsford Senior Cardinals (BCPBL)), Zachery Comeault (5’7”,shortstop, Pitt Meadows, BC-Pitt Meadows Secondary/University of Winnipeg (NAIA), and Jackson Dartrell (6’3”, catcher, Winnipeg, MB-River East Secondary/University of Winnipeg (NAIA).