WELCOME to the 2013 NORTH SHORE JUNIOR TWINS!
TWINS WIN BCJPBL CHAMPIONSHIP!
It was a year of 'firsts' for the North Shore Junior Twins as they capped a first-place finish in the regular season and winning their first BC Junior Premier Baseball League championship.
The Twins split their opening two games of the playoff tournament in Langley forcing a must-win against Abbotsford Cardinals on Saturday. After beating the 'Cards, the Twins needed to win 3 games in a row on Sunday to win the title.
"Winning three games in a day can be intimidating," said Parker Kynoch, Head Coach of North Shore Junior Twins. "The guys did a good job of staying in the moment pitch to pitch and really supported one another."
Braeden Toikka picked up the win, 5-0 over Abbotsford in Sunday's qualifying game to advance to the semi-final where the Twins came up against a good Vancouver Cannons team. The Cannons opened the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd inning. But, the Twins came right back and grabbed a 3-1 lead after 3 innings. Vancouver came close after scoring one run in the 5th inning. However, North Shore advanced to the final with a 3-2 victory.
Dave Speers, General Manager of North Shore Junior Twins, said "Two gutsy pitching performances, outstanding defence and timely hitting were the keys to propelling the Junior Twins into their first final in franchise history."
The Twins carried their momentum into the final against the host Langley Blaze scoring 3 runs in the 1st and 2 more in the 2nd as they cruised to a 7-2 win and their first ever championship trophy. Will McAffer pitched a complete 5-hit game with 9 strikeouts.
"We could not be more proud of this group of players," says Kynoch. "From day one we knew we had a quality group of guys and they stuck with the plan for most part of the season, and were rewarded for their hard work."
Manny Restrepo led the Twins' attack in the playoffs with 7 RBI.
North Shore finished first in the regular season with a 35-9 record, 2 games ahead of second-place Langley. A highlight for the Twins was their 21-game winning streak and a no-hitter by left-hander Braeden Toikka.
Matthew Reyes and Noah Ritchie were the top two hitters in the BCJPBL regular season with .414 and .392 batting averages respectively.
North Shore Junior Twins roster and hometowns:
Jeremy Fish (North Vancouver)
Ryan Fonseca (West Vancouver)
Trevor Fonseca (West Vancouver)
Robert Hemer (Vancouver)
Trevor Henits (North Vancouver)
Minjae Kim (West Vancouver)
Will McAffer (North Vancouver)
Alex Owen (Burnaby)
Manny Restrepo (North Vancouver)
Matthew Reyes (Vancouver)
Noah Ritchie (West Vancouver)
MacGregor Sharpe (North Vancouver)
Braeden Toikka (North Vancouver)
Matteo Vincelli (Burnaby)
Max Williams (Tsawwassen)
Taylor Wright (North Vancouver)
Matthew Woo (Vancouver)
2013 BCJPBL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!
The North Shore Twins Baseball program produces not only top quality baseball players but also respected individuals by instilling the principles of sportsmanship, teamwork, honesty, and work ethic. The Twins program also places a high priority on academics and emphasizes that school performance is a critical component in the success of each player’s development.
The 2013 version of the North Shore Junior Twins has a healthy mix of returning players and some youth to push for starting positions. 15 of the 17 players on this year’s roster have played through the Twins system at one point or another before this year, either with the prep team or junior fall ball program.
The Twins expect to be a team that will rely on a deep pitching staff, strong defense and an ability to hit situationally. Being the junior premier team there is a focus on development so all players will be dual guys seeing time at a position and getting the chance to contribute on the mound. Anchoring the pitching rotation will be returnees Braeden Toikka, Matteo Vincelli & Will McAffer. Toikka will captain the OF from center while not pitching, Vincelli will see time in the infield and McAffer will see innings in the OF as well to get his bat in the lineup. Robert Hemer and Trevor Henits will both be relied upon to log big innings throughout the season. Hemer is also an infielder and Henits will compete with the first basemen. Jeremy Fish starts the season on the DL and the coaching staff is excited about adding his arm to the pitching staff and his speed to the OF sometime in late May or early June. The Twins are lucky to have 4 LHP’s on this year’s squad. In addition to Toikka & Henits, the Twins will use Trevor Fonseca for lefty lefty matchups and Max Williams will see time in the rotation. Both lefties will also play the OF and Williams will see time at one bag. Ryan Fonseca and Noah Ritchie cap off the pitchers that will see regular time on the mound and both of them are also versatile infielders.
Leading the pitching staff through the year will be a solid group of catchers including returning backstop Manny Restrepo and prep Twins graduates Matty Reyes and Mac Sharpe. Sharpe will double as an outfielder and Reyes and Restrepo are utility guys who have the ability to contribute to the team however necessary. Alex Owen, also a returning junior Twin, and Kobe Pallan will compete at first base and Owen will see time in the OF. Taylor Wright will contribute mainly as an infielder, he is a true table setter in the hitting lineup and may just get the odd opportunity to strut his stuff on the bump as well. Minjae Kim adds depth to the outfield and has shown that he can contribute with key hits.
The coaching staff this year is excited to have a group of young ballplayers that are keen on being students of the game. Dave Speers as GM provides support to a solid group of baseball guys to continue to the winning tradition that he has instilled in the past. Parker Kynoch is back for his 3rd year as Head Coach. Steven Roller is the boss of the bullpen for the 3rd year in a row. Sean O’Neill is in his 2nd year with the program and will work mainly with the outfielders and contribute to the hitting and base running game. Mike Wilson rounds out the coaching staff with an all-round knowledge of the game and will head up the team’s conditioning.
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