Let the history records show the first four players signed in the history of the Nanaimo NightOwls (and Bars!) hail from the outstanding college baseball program at Illinois State.
And three of the four proudly carry Canadian passports.
Greg Frady, the Head Coach of the expansion team set to debut at Serauxmen Stadium in June of 2021, is proud to introduce three hitters and a pitcher as the start of the team’s West Coast League roster.
Infielders Aidan Huggins and Nick Gile, outfielder Dayton Peters and right-hander Chase Florendine will go down in the records as the first NightOwls, placed with Nanaimo by Illinois State Head Coach Steve Holm, who knows the WCL well.
Huggins, a junior shortstop, is from Edmonton (sorry, Riverhawks!). Peters is a product of Abbotsford who transferred from Mineral Area CC, while Florendine hails from Lethbridge by way of Vauxhall’s baseball program. Gile, the lone American in the first group of signees, previously played at Creighton and Madison College, and was named the top defensive player in JUCO and was first-team All-American.
“It’s very exciting to start filling out our roster, and telling the people of Nanaimo about the talented players who will represent the city,” said Frady, who has agreed to a five-year term as the first Head Coach of the NightOwls. “To begin by getting the starting middle infield combo at a school like Illinois State is a very good start, and we’ll expect leadership and production from Huggins and Gile.