Liam Rihela is from Surrey, but the Tournament Capital is home base for the most recent Kamloops NorthPaws’ recruit.
The left-handed TRU WolfPack utility player has signed with the NorthPaws in time for their inaugural West Coast League baseball season this summer.
“The opportunity to play in Kamloops was the big sell for everything,” Rihela, the WolfPack’s captain, said in a NorthPaws’ press release. “I’m trying to set some roots up here and being able to see baseball in Kamloops grow, being involved with the younger guys and minor baseball and how much baseball has taken off in the short time I’ve been in Kamloops, I’m just excited to see the continuation of that.”
In 2019, Rihela finished sixth in the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Conference with a .349 batting average, third in the league with 20 RBI and was named a first-team league all-star.
“He’s been through the trenches and made it out the other side,” NorthPaws’ head coach Cole Armstrong said in the press release. “He’s hungry and eager for an opportunity to play at higher levels. I have a hunch he might be someone we come to rely on in tough situations and I think he’s the type who thrives when the water gets a little muddy.”