TRU baseball signs first recruit for 2015-16

Duncan Elgert.
Image Credit: TRU WolfPack Athletics

KAMLOOPS - The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack baseball team has tapped into the Calgary baseball market in recent years for recruits. That trend continues as head coach Ray Chadwick looks to fill holes on his Canadian Collegiate Baseball Conference team for the fall.

Chadwick is pleased to announce that 6’1” Duncan Elgert has agreed to attend TRU and will be taking courses aimed at achieving a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Visual Arts.

“I chose TRU as my school of choice because I was fascinated with the fine arts and baseball programs,” said Elgert, who plays all three ‘base’ positions as well as catches and pitches. “Coach Ray Chadwick and academic advisor Charlene Munro helped me learn more about the school and their programs. After I met both of them, I was very impressed. The school has great facilities especially for a student athlete and the climate is always inviting. The residences were also larger than many of the other schools.”

Elgert looked at a number of universities including Lethbridge, Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver Island University and Douglas College. Elgert will be graduating this month from Springbank Community High School. He plays for the Calgary “AA” Blues. 

“My strengths as a player would be that I am versatile, have a good understanding of the game, make good play making decisions under pressure, and have solid hitting and pitching mechanics from years of good coaching and practice.”

One of his former minor baseball teammates will be entering his third season with the WolfPack in 2015-16: pitcher Nelson Lipszyc.

“Duncan has always been a hard worker both on and off the field. He is always a tough out at the plate and is a solid player on both sides of the ball. He has a great attitude and I am sure he will fit in with the rest of the guys here.”

Elgert has played at Norbrock Stadium before: at the Best of the West tournament.

“My Calgary Babe Ruth Blues “AAA” team won the 2015 Midget/Jr. Premier 18U Classic this spring going 6-0.”

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