The 2012 Sr Tritons head into spring training with a renewed confidence. Last season under first year bench boss Russ Smithson, the Tritons saw a 16 game win improvement from the previous year. Hard work and playing a solid team first game led to many victories for the Tritons. With 11 Seniors returning this spring, there is a large sense of optimism in the South Surrey area.
Head Coach and GM Russ Smithson will once again Manage the squad. First base and infielding coach Adam Ladouceur returns for his 4th season with the Tritons, and is one of the up and coming coaches in the PBL. The bullpen will be patrolled by 4th year pitching coach Darcy Sidhoo. Darcy’s staff last season kept a low era of 3.08 and with only two grade 12 pitchers last year, kept the Tritons close in many ball games. His pitching program this off season had the players working twice a week all winter to improve their game.
Lastly, the fall addition of former college and pro league player Dillon Okrane to the staff as a utility coach (jr/sr) will give the Tritons another great coach to help out when needed.
This year the 18U Tritons will have what might be the toughest schedule ever in Tritons history. Starting the season with Spring Training at the Jack Howell Classic in Tucson will be a tough test as the team will play 6 games in 4 days against jr colleges. The team will play in two highly regarded tournaments in the spring, the Best of the West Invitational in Kamloops, and the Parksville Royals tournament in Parksville. They will start the summer in Seattle (Seattle Premier League Invitational), and get a tough test in one of the best tournaments in the states, the July 4 Firecracker classic in Los Angeles. Exhibition schedule includes Chaffey baseball and Bellingham Post 7, two highly regarded Washington state teams. All this while in the midst of playing a 48 game league schedule against what looks like another great year of PBL baseball.
This is how we feel the Tritons will project this season;
Catchers: Most of the receiving duties will fall upon the shoulders grade 12 Evan Douglas, and Junior graduate, and grade 11 Brett Walker. Both have lots of experience behind the plate, and will lead this team from the backstop out. The Tritons jr team has callups ready to play as well in grade 10’s Dylan Yeager and Liam Rihela. Both of whom are excited to get the call to the big club when necessary.
Infielders: Our infield will be led by returning starters Tony Tabor (SS), Talon Van Horn (2B), and Joel Lamont (3B). Adam Shumka, Tanner Sandstrom and Shay Buis will also be getting time in the infield. First base will see a couple new faces with Matt Stephens and Brett Walker. Both are graduating jr’s. Along with Shay Buis, they will all be battling it out for the starting position.
Outfielders: The Tritons outfield will be patrolled by returning starter Jackson Temple in CF. The corner spots are where things get interesting. The Tritons have 3 strong candidates to battle it out for time. Grade 11’s Kevin Irving, Cam Forbes and Max Koltai. All have shown great improvement over the winter and are poised to get in the lineup. When not on the mound, Connor Kenwood and Cody Didyk will also factor in the outfield.
Pitching: On the mound is where the Tritons plan to win ball games this year. With great depth, and solid call ups, the team will rely heavily on our pitching staff. Grade 12 RHP’s Alex Webb, Adam Shumka, Joel Lamont, Tanner Sandstrom and Cody Didyk all got good innings last season and will be looking to build upon that. Coming back from an injury plagued 2011, Shay Buis will look to regain his form from 2010 which saw him win the league strikeout title. From the left side, returning starter Nathan Trueblood looks to continue his dominance in the PBL. Grade 11’s Matt Stephens, Connor Kenwood and Max Koltai all are great young arms and will jump at the opportunity to get into ball games.