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NorthPaws take two of three in Edmonton

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Author: Larry Read

EDMONTON, AB—Saying his team matured a lot over three games, Kamloops NorthPaws manager Keith Francis saw his squad take two of three West Coast League contests against the host Edmonton RiverHawks.

Kamloops won the third game of midweek series with a 10-5 shellacking of the RiverHawks on Thursday (June 15th) at ReMAX Field.  

This followed a 8-4 victory on Wednesday (June 14) and a 4-1 loss to the RiverHawks on Tuesday (June 13).    

Kamloops improved it’s record to 4-8 while Edmonton drops to 3-9.

Kamloops had to take the long way to the Alberta capital for this series going through Calgary due to forest fires in Northwestern Alberta.  The Paws had 23 players on the trip but had the number of available players dwindle to 21 due to illness.

Cooper Neville (Glendale, AZ)  has moved atop of the batting average leaders for Kamloops.  He is slugging .326 with six runs batted in and 14 hits. Hayden Walker (Albuquerque, NM) is tied for second in the West Coast league in Earned Run Average. He is at 0.75 with a record of 1-0 and 13 strikeouts in 12 innings of work.

The NorthPaws finished Thursday’s encounter and immediately got on the bus and headed back to the Dearborn Ford Field at Norbrock Stadium to kick off a six game homestand.  It begins tomorrow (Friday June 16th) as the Port Angeles Lefties pay a visit to Kamloops.  The Lefties and the NorthPaws will play three in a row before a day off.

The RiverHawks stay at home to play three in a row against the Nanaimo Night Owls.

All West Coast League games are available via their website: https://wcleague.watch.pixellot.tv/

SERIES RECAP:

Tuesday, June 13, 2023-Edmonton RiverHawks 4 Kamloops NorthPaws 1

In a battle of two teams with identical records (2-7), the RiverHawks downed the NorthPaws. The attendance was tabbed as 3550.  Kamloops led 1-0 after a half inning as Shortstop Cooper Neville  singled and scored on an RBI double off the bat of Jude Hall (Chilliwack, BC).  Neville was two for four on the night. Centerfielder Hall wound up one for four with an RBI.

The RiverHawks evened things up in the third and added single runs in the fifth, seventh and ninth innings. Halen Knoll (Edmonton, AB) was the winning pitcher as he went eight innings giving up five hits, striking out eight and walking two.  He is now 1-1 on the year.  Shaun Atamanchuk (Beaumont, AB) pitched the last inning earning the save. He had one strikeout.  It was his first save of the campaign.

New Zealander Maclain Roberts took the loss.  He pitched seven innings giving up three runs, five hits, walking three and striking out two.  He is 0-2 on the year.  Manny Recchi (Kamloops, BC) pitched the last inning, giving up two hits and an earned run.

Designated hitter Tommy Takayoshi (Spanaway, WA) was three for four with a run batted in.

Link to Scoresheet:  http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=598579

Wednesday, June 14, 2023-Kamloops NorthPaws 8 Edmonton NightHawks 4

Rebounding a few hours from the game one defeat, the two teams played a day game at Re-Max field. Kamloops chalked up their first road victory of the 2023 season. It was “School Day” in Edmonton and over 76 hundred people were on hand at Re-Max field.

It was the NightHawks who led 2-0 after the first inning and were up 3-2 until the sixth inning when Kamloops scored four runs on three hits.

Matthew Romero (Albuquerque, NM) pitched four innings of relief to garner his first win of the season. He surrendered five hits, one run, struck out two and walked one.   He came on in relief of starter Tyrelle Chadwick (Kamloops, BC) who pitched five innings of four hit ball. He struck out three, gave up three runs and walked three.

The third of four Edmonton pitchers—Heath Hachkowski (Red Deer, AB) was tagged with the loss to fall to 1-2 on the year. Hachkowski went two thirds of an inning giving up three runs, two hits, walking one and striking out one.

Offensively, Kamloops was again led by Hall and Neville.   Hall scored four runs and was two for three.  Neville had a double in that eighth inning. He was three for four with two runs batted in and a run scored.  Left fielder Landon Clark (Fortville, IN) went two for four with two runs batted in and a run scored. He had a single in that eighth.

For Edmonton, designated hitter Takayoshi was their main offensive weapons going two for four with two RBI.

Link to Scoresheet: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=598580

Thursday, June 15, 2023-Kamloops NorthPaws 10 Edmonton RiverHawks 5

Moss Adams Pitcher of the Week Griffin Almond (Thornbury, ON) recorded his second win of the WCL season pitching three and a third innings.  He gave up three hits, two runs, walked four and struck out one before being relieved by Christian Spitz (Overland Park, KA).

Spitz tossed five and a third innings. He gave up three runs on six hits, struck out four and walked four. He was replaced by David Jeon (Coppell, TX) who went a third of an inning.

Offensively, Kamloops was led by Jared Sucro (Kamloops, BC), Neville  and Hall.   Sucro was two for five with two runs batted in and a run scored.  Neville was three for five with two runs batted in and two runs scored.  Hall was one for three with two runs batted in and a run scored.

Edmonton was led by catcher Takayoshi who was two for five.  Will Gardner (St. Albert, AB) was two for four with a run scored and a run batted in.   Daniel Calabrese (Hurst, TX) was one for three with an RBI and a run scored.

RiverHawk starter Chase Wheatley (Edmonton, AB) went three innings. He gave up four runs (three earned), walked four and struck out six.  The loss was his first of the year.

Link to Scoresheet: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=598581

HEAD COACH KEITH FRANCIS:

On the series:

“We grew up a lot this weekend. There as all kinds of adversity beginning with the long trip here.  We lost players due to sickness, there were times when we were down.  But I couldn’t be prouder of these guys.   After having only five hits against Corvallis, we rectified things in a hurry-especially in the last two games “(The NorthPaws had 18 hits in both victories over Edmonton). 

Props for Sucro:

“He was definitely our unsung hero.  He caught the last part of the opening games along with the next two games after Adge got sick.  He told me he was up for the challenge and proved it with two hits today and two runs batted in.”

NEXT UP FOR THE NORTHPAWS:

The NorthPaws get on the bus and head back to the Dearborn Ford Field at Norbrock Stadium to kick off a six game homestand.  It begins tomorrow (Friday, June 16th)) as the Port Angeles Lefties pay a visit to Kamloops.  The Lefties and the NorthPaws will play three in a row before Kamloops gets a day off. .   Kamloops took four of six games against the Lefties last year including 6-5 and 7-4 at home. They were played June 24-25, 2022.

The RiverHawks stay at home to play three in a row against the Nanaimo Night Owls.

Edmonton will pay a visit to Kamloops for three games beginning July 11th.

PLAYERS TO WATCH ON PORT ANGELES:

BY Choi-SS/3B (South Korea) Dallas Baptist University 

Roberto Nunez  Infield (Salinas, CA) Embry-Riddle U. leads team in hitting .390 with16 hits and 9 RBI

Kander Koester  Left Field (Chanute, KC) Neosho Country CC  is second in hitting .345 with 4 RBI and two doubles

If you can’t make the games, they are all webcast on  https://wcleague.watch.pixellot.tv/ .   Some home games will also be shown on Shaw TV in Kamloops (Cable 10 or 105 with Blue Curve).

TAILGATE PARTY:

The Molson’s Tailgate Party is operating 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/ “

Kamloops North Paws tickets: ticketing@northpawsbaseball.ca

West Coast League: westcoastleague.com.

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Victoria HarbourCats – School Spirit Day Returns for 2024!

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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: chris@harbourcats.com 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 (sales@wilsonstransportation.com) to confirm your booking in plenty of time, as all bookings with Wilson’s must be confirmed no later than May 31st, 2024.

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NorthPaws Upping Entertainment In 2024 West Coast League Season

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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.”

“As we have a huge focus on community engagement this season, “she adds. “We are delighted to also announce that the NorthPaws will be hosting an MLB Pitch, Hit and Run event on July 17th. This MLB event is an exciting addition to our promotions line up and will allow participants aged 7-14 to compete in a free competition to show off their baseball skills and get one-on-one time with our coaching staff and players. Participants with the highest scores will have the chance to move onto the National competition and the finals hosted by one of the Major League Teams – this is one of the community events we are most excited to offer Kamloops in 2024.”

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

                                                                              Jforter@northpawsbaseball.ca

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Victoria HarbourCats – 2024 March Break Kids Camps Now Open for Registration

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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 chris@harbourcats.com 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.

 

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