Author: Larry Read
PORTLAND, ORE—The Portland Pickles successfully swept their 2023 West Coast League season series with the Kamloops NorthPaws. Playing three games at Walker Stadium, the host Pickles took the NorthPaws in straight contests. They won the season series 6-0.
The scores in this set were 4-2, 15-2 and 5-2.
Portland moves to 12-6 on the year and sit a game and a half out of first place in the WCL South Division while the NorthPaws remain in the basement of the WCL North Division at 5-19.
Kamloops winds up their longest road trip of the season tomorrow (June 30) when they play the Falcons at Elks Stadium in Kelowna. The Pickles open up a three-game set in Yakima Valley against the Pippins.
A reminder that all West Coast League games are available via their website: https://wcleague.watch.pixellot.tv/
Tuesday, June 27,2023: Pickles 4 NorthPaws 2
The NorthPaws scored both their runs in the fourth inning while Portland had singles in the first, fourth, fifth and seventh.
Tyrelle Chadwick (Kamloops, BC) started on the hill for Kamloops and went five innings. He suffered his third loss of the season. Chadwick gave up six hits, three runs, walked two and struck out two.
Max Fraser (Camas, WA) was the second of five Portland pitchers and earned his first win. He went two and a thirds giving up two runs, a hit, three walks and struck out five. Morris Austin (Keller, TX) came on in the ninth and struck out two for his third save of the year.
Offensively, Kamloops had three players going 1-4: Cooper Neville (Glendale, AZ), Jude Hall (Chilliwack, BC) and Tommy Green (Courtenay, BC). Green and Neville had RBI. For Neville, he has 13 on the year. Hall’s performance at the dish raised his batting average to .269.
Armando Briserio (Fontana, CA) drove in two runs despite going 0-2. Jack Metcho (Fairfield, CA) was 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored. His average moved to .328.
Link to Scoresheet: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=598543
Wednesday, June 28, 2023: Pickles 15 NorthPaws 2
One bad inning sunk the NorthPaws again. Kamloops scored both their runs in the sixth inning. At the time, they trailed in the game 4-0. The Pickles exploded for 10 runs in a sixth inning where they had four hits. Blake Hiraki (Mililani, HI) leading the way with a home run.
Xaige Lancaster (Hilo, HI) hit a three-run shot in the third inning and went 2-4 with five runs batted in. He also scored two runs to lead the Pickles attack. Metcho was 2-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. While Hiracki was 1-3, with three RBI and two runs scored.
Nathan Grey (Queen Park, AZ) and Hall were each 1-4 with a run scored. Neville and Green were both0-4 with a run batted in.
Jacob Bresnahan (Sumner, WA) went two and two thirds’ innings for his first win of the year for Portland. He gave up two hits, two runs, walked two and struck out two. Griffin Almond (Thornby, ON) saw his record fall to 2-2 as he went five innings. He surrendered four runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Link to Scoresheet: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=598544
Thursday, June 29, 2023-Pickles 5 NorthPaws 2
For the second straight night, their performance in a single inning cost Kamloops. This time it was the eighth inning. Kamloops led 2-1 until that point when the Pickles scored four runs which sent over 28 hundred fans home happy.
Three of those four runs came off the bat of right fielder Jessie Pierce (Las Vegas, NV). He blasted a home run to raise his batting average to .333 on the year. Pierce led Portland offensively going 2-3 with three runs batted in and two runs scored. Evan Cloyd (Bakersville, CA) was 1-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
For Kamloops, Hall, Grey and Green were all 2-4. Green scored a run as well. Landon Clark (Indianapolis, IN) was the big man at the plate for the NorthPaws going 1-4 with a run batted in. Neville was 1-4 with a run batted in and a run scored.
Max Jones (Whittier, CA) was the winning pitcher. He collected his first win of the year reliving starter Nathan Shinn (Pleasanton, CA). Shinn went five innings on a four hitter, with two strikeouts and a walk. Jones gave up two hits in a single inning of work.
Austin notched his second save of the season and fourth of the year as he worked an inning and struck out two.
David Jeon (Coppel, TX) saw his record fall to 0-2. He worked an inning and two thirds of relief and gave up two hits (including Pierce’s homer). He relieved starter Hayden Walker (Albuquerque, NM). He worked six innings of two hit ball, fanning seven and walking three.
Link to Scoresheet: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=598545
NEXT UP FOR THE NORTHPAWS:
The Paws have a three game series with their closest geographical rival, the Kelowna Falcons. The teams will play tomorrow (June 30) at Elks Stadium in Kelowna.
The two teams will then head north. In 2022, Kamloops won five of six meetings between themselves and Kelowna. The Falcons lone victory came June 18th in Kelowna, where they beat the NorthPaws 8-2. Tyrelle Chadwick (Kamloops, BC) was the losing pitcher. On that night, Chadwick pitched three innings, giving up five hits, surrendering four runs (two earned) with a strikeout and six walks.
Kamloops won twice in the Okanagan and swept the Falcons at Dearborn Ford Field . The sweep occurred August 2-4th and included an 18-7 win on the opening night. Felix Chenier-Rondeau (Blainville, ON) was two for five in that game with six runs batted in
Next home game for the NorthPaws will be Canada Day ( Saturday, July 1) against the Kelowna Falcons The same two teams will do battle on Sunday, July 2nd as well. Opening pitch Canada Day is 6:35 PM. Sunday’s tilt has a 2:05 PM start time. There will be Canada Day celebrations at Dearborn Ford Field at Norbrock Stadium on Saturday. These include a Bouncy Castle, Canadian Food specials, a Molson Tailgate Party and the Dearborn Ford Maverick Contest.
Sunday’s game will be “Family Day” at the park. Family Day is a presentation of Save On Foods.
If you can’t make the games, they are all webcast on https://wcleague.watch.pixellot.tv/ . Some NorthPaws home games will also be shown on Shaw TV in Kamloops (Cable 10 or 105 with Blue Curve).
The Molson’s Tailgate Party is hoppin’ before every NorthPaws home game. It runs Tuesday through Saturday 5-630 PM. The Party runs Sundays noon-1 PM. Hotdogs and a Pilsner are sold for $ 12.00 plus tax.
For “Everything NorthPaws-Go to the website : https://www.northpawsbaseball.ca/ “
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Victoria HarbourCats – School Spirit Day Returns for 2024!
The best school field trip of the year is back again thanks to Mayfair Optometric Clinic and the HarbourCats.
February 23, 2024
Victoria, BC – The best school field trip in the City is back again and the Victoria HarbourCats and our friends at Mayfair Optometric Clinic would like to invite all elementary, middle and high schools in Greater Victoria to come and have some fun again and join us at the ballpark for our seventh annual School Spirit Game!
THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2024 – 11:00 AM, vs. NANAIMO NIGHTOWLS
The response to this event is always incredible, with nearly 3,000 plus students and teachers taking part each season. In fact our 2022 and 2023 games were the highest attended games during those seasons!
“This year will be no different,” says HarbourCats General Manager Christian Stewart. “I already have about 1500 students and teachers that have contacted me to book, once they saw the game on our schedule last November! So if you are planning to come to the game, don’t hesitate to reserve your space as soon as possible, as numbers will be limited.”
The HarbourCats School Spirit Game is a fun, low-cost attendance option for a great June field trip, for classrooms or for the entire school! Just $7.00 per attendee, and like last year, the start time for the game is 11:00am to allow students and faculty to enjoy more of the game.
“Dr. Taylor and Mayfair Optometric Clinic are proud participants in School Spirit Day,” said Mary Lou Newbold, CEO of the company. “As much as 80% of a child’s learning is through vision. Working with the HarbourCats and School Spirit Day is a great way to remind parents and teachers of the importance of kids getting annual eye exams. It’s a really fun day for everyone and we LOOK forward to this game every year!”
To book your tickets or for more information, please contact Christian J. Stewart, General Manager, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: Office: (778) 265-0327
The Victoria HarbourCats have also partnered again with Wilson’s Transportation to offer discounted rates on booking a bus for your students to get to and from the game at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park, should you require it. For 2024, Wilson’s will be offering schools the following rates:
56 Passenger School Bus = $267.50 + 5% GST per transfer; $561.75 roundtrip. If the group has a full bus, the per person cost works out to $5.02 each way ($10.03 roundtrip)
48 Passenger School Bus = $242.50 + 5% GST per transfer; $509.25 roundtrip. If the group has a full bus, the per person cost works out to $5.30 each way ($10.61 roundtrip)
24 Passenger School Bus = $187.50 + 5% GST per transfer; $393.75 roundtrip. If the group has a full bus, the per person cost works out to $8.20 each way ($16.41 roundtrip)
Note that ALL bookings are subject to availability while supplies last, and the above “per person” rates are based on full buses. Buses book up fast, so once your ticket order is in place with us, be sure to contact the Sales staff at Wilson’s (email@example.com) to confirm your booking in plenty of time, as all bookings with Wilson’s must be confirmed no later than May 31st, 2024.
NorthPaws Upping Entertainment In 2024 West Coast League Season
KAMLOOPS, BC—With the weather getting better, it’s time to get excited about the 2024 edition of the Kamloops North Paws baseball team. The third year West Coast League club has unveiled its schedule for the coming year.
The 57-game season includes 31 at home. The NorthPaws have non-league games against Kamloops Minor Baseball, the Kelowna Falcons and Coquitlam Angels.
The NorthPaws home opener will be Friday May 31st at Dearborn Ford Field at Norbrock Stadium. For the second straight season, the Paws will open against the Victoria HarbourCats.
“We are extremely excited for the upcoming season,” states North Paws General Manager Jenna Forter. “Our coaching staff have been hard at work recruiting some great players from across North America and Europe. Although we have several new faces, we have some returning local Kamloops players that we are excited to have on the team. Jose, TC and Riley have all been well received by the players and the community. The coaches and our organization are planning on a strong comeback in 2024.”
She adds: “Our schedule includes 31 home games, with a pre-season exhibition game vs the RiverDogs on May 29th at 6:35 pm at Dearborn Ford Field at Norbrock Stadium, these additional games include seven weekend series and some great theme nights that we are thrilled to announce with our schedule.”
Game times for 2024 will be 6:35 PM for most nights. Sunday games will have 2:05 pm opening pitch.
Again, this coming season, the NorthPaws will have several theme nights. These include Father’s Day, Homer’s Birthday, Canada Day, Family Appreciation night and new this year: “School Spirit Day”.
“School Spirit Day” will be Thursday June 6th where the Paws will tangle with the Bellingham Bells. It will be an 11:30 AM start time. There will be free tickets for students and faculty along with an affordable healthy lunch option.
Says Forter: “The NorthPaws have been occupied in entertainment planning during our off-season and I am happy to share that we have some big theme nights and promotions coming in 2024. We are excited to announce pre-game entertainment, merchandise promotions and major giveaways to kick off our season. Other notable theme nights include our School Spirit Day on June 6 when the NorthPaws invite classes from the schools in Kamloops and surrounding areas for a memorable and educational field trip to our park, Homer’s Birthday – Bark at the Park– sponsored by Bosley’s Valleyview on Friday June 21st.
Forter says, “To celebrate Homer’s Birthday with his furry friends, we are inviting fans to bring their pups for a night of baseball and supporting the BCSPCA.”
Other special events this year include a Pre-Canada Day Weekend Celebration with entertainment and prizes, along with the return of ‘Save On Foods Family Day. Forter adds, “We are introducing Throwback Tuesdays by Molson Coors – the events will feature ticket specials, beer batter drink prices all night and hot dog specials.”
The NorthPaws are making a concerted effort to make their fans happy both on the field and in the stands, but also in the pocketbook.“Our fans are exceptionally loyal, we are extremely grateful for them especially after the challenging 2023 season – it’s something that is not only recognized by our organization, but throughout the West Coast League.” The NorthPaws GM states. “ We are planning on bringing more value to our fans through the introduction of youth and seniors passes, and promotions throughout the season including Fan Appreciation Night to thank them for their devotion for the past two seasons.”
For information on sponsorship, the schedule, and seasons tickets: visit the Kamloops NorthPaws website: www.northpawsbaseball.ca
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact: Jenna Forter
NorthPaws General Manager
Victoria HarbourCats – 2024 March Break Kids Camps Now Open for Registration
The Victoria HarbourCats Youth Development Program is pleased to announce that registration is now open for 2024 March Break Camps over the weeks of March 18-22 and 25-29.
All camps are half-day camps and split into two distinct age groups….8-10 year olds (from 9AM to 12 NOON) and 11-15 year olds (12:30pm to 3:30pm) as noted below.
Camps are designed primarily for for existing youth players who are keen to improve their baseball skills with some extra training before their spring seasons begin.
All Camps take place INDOORS at the Edwards Family Training Centre – HarbourCats Indoor Facility, 1821 Cook Street.
Registration is available through the HarbourCats online store, “The Cat Shop” BY CLICKING HERE:
NOTE: If you are a previous PLAYERS CLUB member that has prepaid for any 2024 camp and wants to be in these camps, please do not use the registration link, but instead, you MUST CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. All spots are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.
MARCH BREAK CAMP DETAILS:
2024 HarbourCats SPRING BREAK CAMPS – March 2024
Camp Dates: March 18-22 and March 25-29
ALL CAMPS APPROPRIATE FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AGES 8-15.
PLEASE BE SURE TO REGISTER FOR THE APPROPRIATE AGE GROUP and if wanting BOTH weeks, to select both for purchase separately. SLOTS ARE LIMITED TO 15 players per group.
AGES 8-10, HALF DAY 9am to 12 Noon (WEEK 1 March 18-22) $200.00
AGES 8-10, HALF DAY 9am to 12 Noon (WEEK 2 March 25-29) $200.00
AGES 10-15, HALF DAY 12:30pm to 3:30pm (WEEK 1 March 18-22) $200.00
AGES 10-15, HALF DAY 12:30pm to 3:30pm (WEEK 2 March 25-29) $200.00
All camps will be run by Victoria Golden Tide Baseball players and coaches.
For anything custom like missing days, these can be prorated accordingly. In this case, please call the office at 778-265-0327 to register and ask for Christian.