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Seven top prospects added to NightOwls roster for 2023

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You can never have enough pitching, and you can never have enough positional flexibility.

Greg Frady, the Head Coach of the Nanaimo NightOwls, prepping for their second season in the WCL, has added four more power arms and three key position pieces for the 2023 season, including three from NAIA powerhouse Arizona Christian — lefty Bear Pinedo, righty Payton Robertson, and pro-speed outfielder Justin Ramirez.

 

Also signed are two hard throwers from University of the Pacific in Owen McWilliam and Caden Casagrande, and versatile offensive-minded catchers Ethan Rivera (San Marcos) and Michael Easter (ELAC).

 

“There’s a lot of excitement for our coaches and staff watching players like Ramirez and Rivera get off to strong starts, and seeing the pitchers working hard to get good hitters out,” said Frady. “That’s what we’re seeing, and that’s what we project from these guys this summer at Serauxmen Stadium.”

LHP Andrew ‘Bear’ Pinedo, Arizona Christian, 6-0/200, Palm Springs, CA
OF Justin Ramirez, Arizona Christian, 5-9/160, Eastvale, CA
RHP Payton Robertson, Arizona Christian, 6-2/195, Lynden, WA
C/1B Ethan Rivera, Cal State San Marcos, 6-1/210, Chino Hills, CA
C/Utility Michael Easter, East LA College, 6-1/205, Arcadia, CA
RHP Owen McWilliam, Pacific, 5-11/185, Bainbridge Island, WA
RHP Caden Casagrande, Pacific, 5-11/180, Eagle, ID

Pinedo, from Palm Springs, is a bulldog lefty who wants the ball every single game. Ramirez is a classic leadoff hitter with blazing speed but also has 10 extra-base hits already this season. Robertson, from Lynden, WA and formerly at Skagit Valley College, is sorting out class tranfers but has WCL experience from Bellingham and Yakima in past seasons.

 

Easter, a lefty hitter, is committed to Azusa Pacific for the fall, jumping to the D1 level. He’s a low-strikeout extra-base bat with seven runs batted in already in 11 games, hitting .349, and he can take off the catching gear to play just about any corner infield or outfield position.

 

Rivera is batting cleanup with regularity at D1 San Marcos, splitting time between catcher and first base. He’s at .342 with a team-high nine runs driven in while starting all 10 games. Only twice has he failed to register a hit.

 

McWilliam and Casagrande, both Pacific Northwest guys, can also swing it, but are projected as high-K arms who can be effective out of Pitching Coach Gorm Heimueller’s bullpen.

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NightOwls Outlast Dudes in Entertaining Game at Serauxmen

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NANAIMO — Friday night baseball certainly agrees with the NightOwls faithful, who kept an energy throughout a 4-2 win over the visiting Redmond Dudes at historic Serauxmen Stadium.

Both teams mustered six hits, with third baseman Cowboy Cole Carmichael (ELAC) leading the way for Nanaimo with a 2-4 day, scoring one of the NightOwls runs. Riley Paulino, Ayden Hadley, Deshon Thomas and Tui Ickes, with a double, had the other Nanaimo hits in front of more than 1,800 spectators.

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Aidan Boice started for the NightOwls, an opener putting in a scoreless inning. Newcomers Jake Schumacher (Saint Martins) and Moosa Nonomiya (Skagit Valley), the latter striking out three batters, both went two innings, with single inning outings from Tahj Orona, David Stewart, Armaan Drar and Ryan Inouye, who earned the save with a strikeout to end the game.

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The game was the first of three in a non-league series at Serauxmen, with the Dudes — great name! — in the Harbour City for games Saturday night (6:35pm) and Sunday afternoon (1pm). Saturday’s big promotion is a chance to win a trip for four to Toronto thanks to YCD Nanaimo International Airport, while Sunday’s matinee game will provide a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas through Nanaimo Mitsubishi.

The NightOwls scored all their runs in the third inning, when Nanaimo mustered four hits and a walk, helped by an error by the Dudes catcher.

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The NightOwls next see WCL action when they host the island rival Victoria HarbourCats on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Serauxmen Stadium, games that are part of the nine games the two teams will face each other this first half of the season. All the game starts are 6:35pm. The HarbourCats currently have a 2-1 edge in the race for the ReMax Generation Alex Burns Real Estate Island Cup.

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Victoria HarbourCats – HarbourCats fall short in battle in Alberta

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EDMONTON, Alta — A couple mistakes at the wrong time, and bats that missed the timely opportunity.

The Victoria HarbourCats (7-6) dropped the first game of a trip to the Alberta capital, falling 3-1 to the host Riverhawks at RE/MAX Field. An early run from Victoria was answered by an Edmonton run in the second inning and then singles from the Riverhawks in the fifth and seventh innings as Edmonton outhit the HarbourCats 9-6.

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The HarbourCats struck out a combined 14 times, compared to just six for the Riverhawks, who now sit a game ahead of the third-place HarbourCats at 8-5. The HarbourCats also committed the only two errors in the game.

Elijah Higginbottom, from Tacoma CC, was strong in his starting assignment, going five innings with no walks, two strikeouts and allowing six hits and two runs. Carson Cormier and Ben Hewitt also pitched for Victoria.

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Ny’Zaiah Thompson and Cam Schneider were both 2-4, with Schneider driving in Garrett Teunissen in the first inning with a two-out single.

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The HarbourCats will get a chance for revenge on Saturday in a 1pm (local time, noon PT) game on Saturday, the game time changed to stay away from the Edmonton Oilers home game against the Florida Panthers, Game Four of the Stanley Cup final.

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The HarbourCats are on a six-game road trip that includes a Sunday series-ender in Edmonton, followed by a day off on Monday, then games at Serauxmen Stadium in Nanaimo against the Island rival NightOwls, the fourth, fifth and sixth games in the RE/MAX Generation Alex Burns Real Estate Island Cup — games Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

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NightOwls Edged in Extras in Victoria with 5,000 in Attendance

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VICTORIA — An early one-run lead held up — for a long time.

The Nanaimo NightOwls put a bit of a hush on the crowd of 5,044 in attendance at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park with a run in the first inning, then nearly hung on for win in a tremendous ballgame played Thursday in Victoria.

The Victoria HarbourCats scraped across runs in the sixth inning and the walkoff in the bottom of the 10th for a 2-1 win over the NightOwls. The game started at 11am for the Mayfair Optometric School Spirit Game and the crowd was loud and hopped up on ice cream and hot dogs.

The HarbourCats (7-5) nearly won it in the bottom of the ninth but had the winning run thrown out at the plate on a great throw by right fielder Mitchell Middlemiss (UBC).

Aiden Russell (San Diego State) was strong in his starting pitching role, going six innings and giving up four hits and one run, that coming in the sixth inning. He struck out eight. Payton Robertson went three scoreless innings, giving up three hits. Venezuelan lefty Richtter Castillo took the loss.

Third baseman Cam Schneider (Fresno State) was 4-5 with the game-winning RBI for Victoria.

The NightOwls (6-6) had eight hits, three of them by third baseman David Draayers (UBC) and two from outfielder Noah Hata (Hawaii Pacific).

The NightOwls now host the Redmond Dudes for evening games on Friday and Saturday, and a 1pm game on Sunday. The Friday game will see skydivers land on the field prior to the game, while Saturday is the now-annual major Blue Jays vacation trip giveaway with YCD Nanaimo Airport. Sunday, a trip to Las Vegas is up for grabs with Nanaimo Mitsubishi.

The next league action for the NightOwls is at home, next week, Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday with the Victoria HarbourCats back in the Harbour City as part of the ReMax Generation Alex Burns Real Estate Island Cup, with nine games between the two teams.

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