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Northpaws Joey Rico Named To ALL STAR TEAM

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Tuesday morning, West Coast League Commissioner Rob Neyer revealed the all-star selections for the 2024 All-Star Game. Marking the return of the WCL’s mid-summer classic for the first time since 2019, the game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, with the first pitch at 6:35 p.m. Pacific Time at the legendary Joe Martin Field.

After a long hiatus, we’re thrilled to bring back the All-Star Game and celebrate the incredible talent in our league,” said WCL Commissioner Rob Neyer. “It’s already apparent that the Bells will present a tremendous event for our fans, our players, and for the many thousands watching the game around the world.”

Hosted by the Bellingham Bells, this event promises to be a two-day extravaganza beginning on July 16. The evening before the All-Star Game will feature players from the Max Higbee Center alongside WCL All-Stars in the Community Champions Game, an integrated baseball game to benefit the Max Higbee Center. The Max Higbee Center supports and empowers teens and adults with developmental disabilities to build community, friendships, happiness, life skills and health through recreation. Half of ticket sales from the evening will go directly to the Max Higbee Center.

Bellingham Head Coach Bob Ralston will guide the North Division squad, while the South will be led by Corvallis Knights skipper Brooke Knight. The North Division consists of the Bells, Edmonton Riverhawks, Kamloops NorthPaws, Kelowna Falcons, Nanaimo NightOwls, Port Angeles Lefties, Wenatchee AppleSox, and Victoria HarbourCats, with every team represented on the roster by at least one standout player. In the South, the Bend Elks, Corvallis Knights, Cowlitz Black Bears, Portland Pickles, Ridgefield Raptors, Springfield Drifters, Walla Walla Sweets, and Yakima Valley Pippins are all sending players to Bellingham for the All-Star Game.

Tickets for the WCL All-Star Game may be purchased here, but for those not able to attend, the WCL has exciting news later this week about the broadcast. Stay tuned!

NORTH
C – Conner Smith of Santa Clara (Bellingham Bells)
C – Jonathan Fitz of San Diego (Wenatchee AppleSox)
1B – Jacob Mejia of Cal State San Bernadino (Bellingham Bells)
1B – Jeremy Giesegh of Cal State San Bernadino (Port Angeles Lefties)
2B – Michael Soper of Westmont College (Edmonton Riverhawks)
SS – Roman Martin of UCLA (Bellingham Bells)
SS – Nevin Noonan of San Diego State (Nanaimo NightOwls)
3B – Nate Kirkpatrick of Yavapai College (Bellingham Bells)
3B – Jakob Poturnak of Sacramento State (Edmonton Riverhawks)
OF – Bryce McFeely of Westmont College (Edmonton Riverhawks)
OF/P – Joey Rico of Westmont (Kamloops NorthPaws)
OF – Trey Duffield of Rice (Kelowna Falcons)
OF – Riley Paulino of Pikeville (Nanaimo NightOwls)
OF – Wylie Waters of USC Upstate (Nanaimo NightOwls)
OF/2B – Tate Shimao of Hawaii (Victoria HarbourCats)
OF – Max Hartman of Washington State (Wenatchee AppleSox)
P – Josh Flaugher of Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Bellingham Bells)
P – Tyler Van Dyke of Stetson (Bellingham Bells)
P – Tate Dearing of Reinhardt (Edmonton Riverhawks)
P – Vicarte Domingo of British Columbia (Edmonton Riverhawks)
P/OF – Gavyn Jones of McLennan CC (Kelowna Falcons)
P – Adison Mattix of Everett CC (Nanaimo NightOwls)
P – Carson Cormier of TCU (Victoria HarbourCats)
P – Evan Canfield of Lewis-Clark State (Wenatchee AppleSox)
P – Quincy Vassar of Vanguard (Wenatchee AppleSox)

SOUTH
C – Luke Iverson of Utah Valley (Ridgefield Raptors)
C – Dane Woodcook of New Mexico State (Springfield Drifters)
1B – Easton Amundson of Liberty (Bend Elks)
1B/3B – Patrick Keighran of San Francisco (Portland Pickles)
2B – Spencer Shipman of Whitworth (Yakima Valley Pippins)
SS/2B – Ty Yukumoto of Pacific (Corvallis Knights)
SS/OF – Blake Wilson of Washington (Corvallis Knights)
3B – Kedren Kinzie of Hawaii (Springfield Drifters)
3B/OF – Preston Allen – uncommitted (Yakima Valley Pippins)
OF – Brandon Cabrera of Lewis-Clark State (Corvallis Knights)
OF – Dylan Schlaegel of Dallas Baptist (Cowlitz Black Bears)
OF – Tanner Griffith of Saint Mary’s (Portland Pickles)
OF – Kolby Felix of Colorado Mesa (Walla Walla Sweets)
OF – Davis Mauzy of Wichita State (Walla Walla Sweets)
UTL – Kevin Takeuchi of USC (Corvallis Knights)
P – Mason Edwards of USC (Bend Elks)
P – Jackson Elder of Utah (Bend Elks)
P – Tyler Wood of UC Davis (Bend Elks)
P – James DeCremer of Oregon State (Corvallis Knights)
P – Tyner Horn of Nebraska (Corvallis Knights)
P – Kaden Segel of Portland (Corvallis Knights)
P – Freddie Rodriguez of Hawaii (Portland Pickles)
P – Shay Timmer of Salt Lake CC (Portland Pickles)
P – Dylan Stewart of Pepperdine (Ridgefield Raptors)
P – Liam Hohenstein of Colorado Mesa (Walla Walla Sweets)

Universities and colleges noted are where players will be enrolled this upcoming school year.

About the West Coast League: The West Coast League is the West’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Encompassing Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and now Alberta, the WCL showcases pro prospects from major collegiate conferences around the nation. Every summer, the league features unparalleled fan and player experiences, with North America’s best baseball weather and a mix of classic and state-of-the-art ballparks, all backdropped by dramatic scenery.

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Victoria HarbourCats – Late runs harpoon HarbourCats in road opener in Ridgefield

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Raptors stay hot and move to 11-0 in the second half of the season.

July 19, 2024

RIDGEFIELD, WA — The Victoria HarbourCats were within a clutch hit of taking a big lead in the top of the seventh inning.

That didn’t materialize, and the bottom of the seventh spelled doom.

The Ridgefield Raptors scored seven times in their half of the seventh to lock down a 10-5 victory on Friday over the visiting HarbourCats to open a three-game West Coast League series in the southwest Washington community.

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The win pushes the Raptors win streak to 11 in a row to begin the second half of the season.

The HarbourCats were outhit 13-7. Victoria tried to rally in the ninth with three runs scored and the bases loaded, but ran out of outs.

STANDINGS

Sky Collins had two hits and Tyrus Hall had a two-run double. The HarbourCats struck out 14 times collectively, 11 of which were courtesy of Raptors starting pitcher Isaiah Magdaleno, who was dominant over six full innings of work.

Spencer Hatch was also outstanding as the ‘Cats starting pitcher, going four innings with no runs and four hits allowed. The bullpen after that ran into a lot of troubles.

The HarbourCats are on a six-game road trip to Ridgefield and Port Angeles, starting the second series on Monday across the strait from Victoria. They next return to the friendly confines of Wilson’s Group Stadium at RAP for a weekend home series with the Kamloops NorthPaws, evening games on Friday and Saturday nights (6:35pm) and Sunday afternoon. Tickets are available at the gate, online at the team’s official website, or general admission vouchers can be purchased at all Save On Foods in the South Island.

HarbourCats.com/tickets

 

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Victoria HarbourCats – Former HarbourCats lead the way as Mavericks win 8-6

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July 18, 2024 

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VICTORIA, B.C. — The Victoria Mavericks held on to beat the Victoria HarbourCats 8-6 in the final exhibition game of the season,

The Mavericks took the lead in the first inning courtesy of an Austin Russell single, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The Mavericks doubled their lead in the fourth inning through a Josh Walker home run, making it 2-0.

BOX SCORE

Mavericks starter Fynn Chester faced the minimum through three innings, striking out four. Chester was one of nine former HarbourCats suiting up for the Mavericks tonight, the group of ex-Cats also including Russell and Walker.

Kerim Orucevic (UCSD) drove home Sky Collins (Fresno State) with a hard-hit single in the bottom of the fourth to get the Cats on the board. Cam Schneider (Fresno State) hit into a fielder’s choice to tie up the ballgame at 2-2. A wild pitch and defensive mishap in right field added two more runs, giving the HarbourCats a 4-2 lead.

Jack Finn (Illinois State), Garrett Villa (Angelo State), Brooks Brewster (Panola College), and Jacob Thompson (Minot State) all pitched an inning each for the Cats.

WCL STANDINGS

Mavericks shortstop Jay Willow hit a two-run home run in the top of the sixth to level the score at 4-4.

The Mavericks continued piling on runs in the seventh inning adding three more to give them a 7-4 lead.

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The visitors increased their advantage through a Lance Burrows double in the eighth making it 8-4.

A Josh Cunnigan (Seattle) popup dropped between the Mavericks catcher and pitcher in the bottom of the eighth which allowed two runs to score cutting the deficit in half.

Luke Hayhow (Hawaii), Mason Chamberlain (Missouri Valley), Jalen Sami (Golden Tide), Brett Harvey (Puget Sound), and Dustin Davidson (Brookhaven) also pitched an inning each for the HarbourCats.

The Cats could not rally in the ninth inning, losing tonight’s game 8-6.

The HarbourCats begin a six-game road trip Friday against the Ridgefield Raptors. After a three-game set in Ridgefield, the Cats visit Port Angeles to take on the Lefties. The HarbourCats return home on July 26 against the Kamloops NorthPaws. It’s Kids Free Weekend! Thanks to Peninsula Co-op, all children 12 and under get free tickets! Get tickets at http://harbourcats.com/tickets, by coming to the office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street in advance, or by calling 778-265-0327.

 

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Selects Hold Off NightOwls in Friendly Battle of Local Teams

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NANAIMO, B.C. — The first college-level home run for Kurt Felix went to waste.

The Nevada high school baseball player of the year, a cacher with the Nanaimo NightOwls before he heads to Cal Poly (SLO) in fall, went deep over the left field wall for a two-run shot in the fifth inning on Thursday in a non-league exhibition game played at historic Serauxmen Stadium.

The Nanaimo Selects, a team made up of many current and former college players from the mid-island area, many of whom played for the PBL Pirates, earned a 5-3 victory in the second of two non-league games played this week to provide more baseball value to Nanaimo fans during the WCL all-star break.

The NightOwls outhit the Selects 7-6 but made the only error. The NightOwls scored their three runs in the fifth inning, almost erasing a 4-0 Selects lead.

Taiwanese second baseman Hsu He-Chieh had two hits for Nanaimo.

Former NightOwls infielder Brandon Nicoll had two hits for the Selects, who got quality pitching contributions from Jordan Moffat, Darren Kolk, Steve McKinnon, Liam Goodall and Garrett Goodall.

Cole Carmichael had a strong start on the mound for the NightOwls, with two scoreless innings, including two strikeouts.

The NightOwls now head out on a road trip that will give the team a chance to keep pace for the second half North Division championship, with three games in Kamloops starting on Friday, and three games in Edmonton on Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday before a day off next Thursday. The next home action for the NightOwls is a weekend home set against the division-rival Bellingham Bells next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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