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Victoria HarbourCats – 34 HarbourCats Alumni Active in Pro Baseball in 2021



Nick Pivetta (pictured above from 2013) and Andrew Vaughn highlight 34 alumni in pro ball (Photo: David Nicholls)

October 20, 2021, VICTORIA, BC – Fans often ask the HarbourCats what Major League teams they are affiliated with and the answer quite frankly is, “all of them!”

That was pretty close to the case in 2021, as of the 305 West Coast League alumni who played in affiliated professional baseball this past season, 34 were from the HarbourCats and they played in 21 different MLB organizations (pro or minors) with the most (four) playing in the Texas Rangers organization.

Three players in 2021 played at the MLB level, five at the AAA level, eight at the AA level, 14 at the High A and Low A levels combined and five at the Rookie level.

At the Major League level, the HarbourCats are of course proud to note the success that the first pitcher in HarbourCats history, Nick Pivetta, is having with the Boston Red Sox. It has been a great story to watch all year and the HarbourCats wish him luck against Houston in the ALCS, where on Tuesday night he started his first ever ALCS game and was outstanding, leaving the game with a 2-1 lead, and only surrendering two hits!

Also joining Nick at the MLB level this year was rookie Andrew Vaughn, a 2017 HarbourCat, who played a key role as a rookie in leading the Chicago White Sox to the AL Central title and their playoff appearance against Houston. Vaughn finished his rookie season hitting .235 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI and might get a vote or two for Rookie of the Year.

Andrew Vaughn as a 2017 HarbourCat  (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Speaking of Houston, Mr. HarbourCat himself, Alex De Goti, had a brief call up early in the season with the parent club and all he did was slash a pair of hits, score twice and knock in two runs in his six at bats.  He had a decent year with Houston’s AAA club, the Sugar Land Skeeters and should be knocking on the door again next spring for a spot on the big league club.

Also knocking on the door of their parent clubs is outfielder Nathan Lukes (2014 HarbourCat)) and Davis Wendzel (2017 HarbourCat). Lukes has spent the last two seasons with the storied Durham Bulls, AAA affiliate of Tampa Bay, and in 2021, all he did was hit .303 with 31 doubles, four home runs and 44 RBI.

2014 HarbourCat Nathan Lukes has had another stellar season with the AAA Durham Bulls (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Wendzel has climbed the Texas Rangers minor league ladder very quickly and while he spent most of 2021 at the AA level, where he was hampered by injuries, the Rangers thought highly enough of him to promote him to AAA Round Rock Express at the end of the season, where he could stay full time in 2022.

A full breakdown of all our players by tier and then by team, with a summary of their 2021 season, is presented below:

HarbourCats in Affiliated Baseball by Tier of Play

  • MLB (3) – Nick Pivetta, Andrew Vaughn and Alex De Goti*
  • AAA (5) – Alex De Goti*, Joe Navilhon, Nathan Lukes, Davis Wendzel, Quinton Torres-Costa
  • AA (8) – Cameron Cannon, Chavez Fernander, Joe Record, Josh Mitchell, Indigo Diaz, Kekai Rios, Nick Meyer, Alex Fagalde
  • High A (11) – Cade Smith, AJ Block, Jack Owen, Travis Kuhn, Ryan Anderson, Adam McKillican, Will McAffer, Andrew Shaps, Tommy Jew, Carter Loewen, Luke Boyd
  • Low A (3) – Jack Neely, AJ Lewis, Rowdey Jordan
  • Rookie (5) – Jake Pries, Shane McGuire, Josh Gessener, Wyatt Young, Owen Sharts,

HarbourCats in Affiliated Baseball by League and Team – Including Season Summaries


Boston Red Sox
MLB – Nick Pivetta, Victoria HarbourCats 2013 (New Mexico JC)
Pivetta started the 2021 season as part of Boston’s starting rotation. In his first seven starts, he compiled a 5–0 record. On June 24, Pivetta pitched a no hitter for 6+2⁄3 against the Tampa Bay Rays. He finished the season with a 9-8 record and 4.53 ERA, striking out 175 in his 155 innings of work.  He has been electric in his three playoff appearances this season, winning a game and striking out 14 in 13.2 innings of work. This included three in his first ever post-season start in Tuesday night’s ALCS game against Houston.

AA – Cameron Cannon, Victoria HarbourCats (Arizona), Portland Sea Dogs
Cannon, a middle infielder, began the season with the High A Greenville Drive and after hitting .302 with eight home runs, 24 doubles and 39 RBI in 74 games, was promoted to AA Portland on August 10th. In Portland, Cannon hit .223 with three home runs, six doubles and 14 RBI in 24 games.

Chicago White Sox
MLB – Andrew Vaughn, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Cal)
Vaughn was an integral component of the White Sox successful 2021 season and finished his rookie season hitting .235 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI.  He played a number of different positions for manager Tony LaRussa including outfield, first base and DH and excelled at all of them.

Cleveland Indians
High A – Cade Smith, Victoria HarbourCats 2019 (Hawaii), Lake County Captains
Smith played most of the 2021 season with the Low A Lynchburg Hillcats where he amassed a 2-3 record, with a 4.28 ERA and four saves in 40 innings of work. He held opponents to just a .177 batting average and struck out 64.  He was promoted to Lake County late in the season and saw just three innings of work there, earning a save and striking out four.

Cade Smith pitching in a game in 2019 for the HarbourCats. (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Detroit Tigers
AAA – Joe Navilhon, Victoria HarbourCats 2013 (USC), Toledo Mud Hens
Navilhon has been grinding it through the minors since being drafted in 2016 and in 2021 he spent the bulk of the year with the AA Erie SeaWolves where he settled into a bullpen role and had a 2.60 ERA in 32 appearances. He spent time with AAA Toledo in 2019 and again in 2021 was promoted late in the year making six appearances and finishing with an 8.22 ERA.

AA – Chavez Fernander, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Polk State), Erie SeaWolves
Fernander began 2021 with the High A West Michigan Whitecaps where he went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 11 appearances.  He struck out 18 batters in his 18.1 innings of work. He was promoted to AA Erie in June and with the SeaWolves also had a 1-1 record and 3.60 ERA in 22 appearances, striking out 38 in his 40 innings of work. He has recently been assigned to the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League.

Houston Astros
MLB/AAA – Alex De Goti, Victoria HarbourCats 2013-2015 (Barry), Sugar Land Skeeters
Early in 2021, De Goti became the third HarbourCats player in history to play an MLB game when he got a weekend call-up due to COVID related injuries on the parent Astros club.  All De Goti did in the two games he played in was hit .333 with and RBI a walk and two runs scored. He was sent back down and finished the season with Sugar Land, hitting .232 with five home runs and 42 RBI in 104 games.

AA – Joe Record, Victoria HarbourCats 2013 (UC Santa Barbara), Corphus Christie Hooks
Record spent the full season with AA Corphus Christie where he amassed a 5-2 record and 3.36 ERA in 19 appearances. He had two trips to the injured list which hampered his development, but still managed to get in 61.2 innings of work.  The Astros have assigned to Glendale Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League, where it is hoped he can get some additional innings of work in 2021.

Kansas City Royals
High A – A.J. Block, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Washington State), Quad City River Bandits
Block began 2021 with the Low A Columbia Fireflies where after four appearances and 16 innings of work, with 26 strikeouts, he was promoted to Quad City.  With the River Bandits, Block had a 4-5 record and 3.98 ERA in 19 appearances (16 starts), striking out 98 in 85 innings of work.

AJ Block in 2017 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Minnesota Twins
AA – Josh Mitchell, Victoria HarbourCats 2015-2016 (Pittsburgh), Wichita Wind Surge
It has been an interesting journey for Mitchell so far since he was drafted by Kansas City in 2017.  In 2019 he had climbed to AA Northwest Arkansas before being claimed in the Rule 5 draft by the Twins. He was first assigned for 2021 to AAA Rochester, but in the MLB minor league shake-up, Minnesota’s AAA team then became the St. Paul Saints, and then the Saints moved Mitchell to AA Wichita. Unfortunately, Mitchell only made four appearances for the Wind Surge, going 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA before injury struck and he spent the rest of the season on the 60-day injured list.

New York Yankees
Low A – Jack Neely, Victoria HarbourCats 2019 (Ohio State), Tampa Tarpons
After being drafted in the 11th round of the 2021 draft by the Yankees, Neely was assigned to Tampa in September where he began his pro career, appearing in two games and striking out five in two innings of work.  His Tarpons made it to the 2021 Southeast League Championship but lost to the Bradenton Marauders.

Jack Neely in 2019 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Rookie – Jake Pries, Victoria HarbourCats 2015 (UCLA), GCL Yankees
Pries debuted in the rookie level in 2019, and with the return of minor league baseball in 2021, that is where he stayed. The right-handed hitter played in 24 games, hitting .259 with two home runs and 12 RBIs. Depending on if the Yankees renew Pries’ contract, the former UCLA Bruin may end up in independent baseball. If the contract is extended, Pries will likely start 2022 at the Low-A level.

Oakland A’s
High A – Jack Owen, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Auburn), Lansing Lugnuts
After signing a free agent contract with the A’s in July following the 2021 draft, Owen was immediately assigned to the High A Lugnuts where he made seven appearances (four starts), going 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA.  He struck out 21 batters in 20 innings of work, while only walking four, but opponents hit .295 off him.

Rookie – Shane McGuire, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (San Diego), AZL A’s
After being drafted in the 9th round by the A’s McGuire began his pro career in the Arizona Rookie league where he struggled early, but finished the season hitting .280 over 19 games, with three doubles, seven walks and nine RBI. In the field, he was behind the dish for 10 games, throwing out five base runners and finishing with a .987 fielding percentage. He also played five games at first base and three as DH.

2017 HarbourCats Player of the Year Shane McGuire (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Seattle Mariners
High A – Travis Kuhn, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (San Diego), Everett AquaSox
Kuhn began 2021 with the low A Modesto Nuts where he enjoyed some success as a closer, building a 2-1 record with five saves and striking out 36 in 28 innings of work.  He had a brief call up to the AAA Tacoma Rainiers where he struck out two batters in an inning of work. He went back to Modesto but then was promoted to High A Everett, appearing in three games before injuries sidelined him for the remainder of the year. He has now been assigned to the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League to get some extra work following his return.

Tampa Bay Rays
AAA – Nathan Lukes, Victoria HarbourCats 2014 (Sacramento State), Durham Bulls
But for the incredible talent currently patrolling the outfield for the Tampa Bay Rays, Nathan Lukes would easily be the fourth HarbourCat to play at the MLB level. Stuck behind the likes of Randy Arozarena, Kevin Kiermaier and others, Lukes has spent the last two seasons with the AAA Bulls and in 2021, all he did was hit .303 with 31 doubles, four home runs and 44 RBI.  Defensively, his fielding percentage in the 82 games he played in the outfield was perfect.

Texas Rangers
AAA – Davis Wendzel, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Baylor), Round Rock Express
Wendzel has climbed the Texas Rangers minor league ladder very quickly and while he spent most of 2021 at the AA level, he did have a couple of rehab assignments back in the Arizona Rookie League, however the Rangers thought highly enough of him to promote him to AAA Round Rock Express at the end of the season, where he managed to get into eight games, hitting .213 with one home run, two doubles and two RBI.

High A – Ryan Anderson, Victoria HarbourCats 2016 (UC Davis), Hickory Crawdads
Two way player Ryan Anderson saw action in 15 games for the Crawdads in 2021, hitting just .118 with a double, home run and three RBI. He also pitched a scoreless inning. Unfortunately he went down in early June with an undisclosed injury and is still listed as being on the 60-day injury list.

High A – Adam McKillican, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Gwinnet College)), Hickory Crawdads
It has been a wild ride in 2021 for McKillican, the HarbourCats 2017 pitcher of the year. After recovering from Tommy John surgery, the big right hander’s 2020-2021 season was scrubbed at UBC because of COVID, so he transferred to Gwinnet College in Georgia, where he helped his team win the NAIA World Series in June.  He then signed a pro contract with the Quebec Capitales of the independent Frontier League, where he performed well enough that the Texas Rangers offered him a free-agent contract. McKillican began his pro career with the Rangers Arizona Rookie League team where he pitched two innings of relief, getting the win in his very first game, and was then promoted to the Crawdads, where he appeared in five games over the last part of the season.

2017 HarbourCats Pitcher of the Year Adam McKillican  (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Rookie – Josh Gessner, Victoria HarbourCats 2019 (Australia), AZL Rangers
Gessner would begin the 2021 season with the Phillies Florida Coast League rookie team, but in July was traded to the Texas Rangers and finished the year in the Arizona Rookie League. Combined, Gessner saw action in 11 games (37 innings), starting eight, and building a 2-2 record with a 4.14 ERA.  He struck out 64 batters, while walking 22, over that time and held opponents to a .182 batting average.

Toronto Blue Jays
High A – Will McAffer, Victoria HarbourCats 2016 (Tulane), Vancouver Canadians
McAffer began the season with the Canadians and was briefly released in early May so that he could play on the Men’s Canadian National team that participated in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. He returned to the Canadians, but then in June was promoted to the AA New Hampshire where he appeared in eight games before being returned to the Canadians to complete the year. Combined, McAffer appeared in 30 games, all in relief, with a 3-3 record and a 7.98 ERA. He struck out 60 batters in 44 innings of work, but also gave up 46 walks and 42 hits.


Atlanta Braves
AA – Indigo Diaz, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Michigan State), Mississippi Braves
Diaz began the season with the Low A Rome Braves and was promoted to Mississippi in mid-July. He spent a bit of time on the injured reserve list in late August and returned to action in early September.  Combined, Diaz appeared in 32 games, all in relief, amassing a 6-2 record, with five saves and impressive 1.20 ERA. He struck out 83 batters in 45 innings of work. He has been assigned to the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League for some additional work this season.

Colorado Rockies
Low A – A.J. Lewis, Victoria HarbourCats 2018 (Eastern Kentucky), Fresno Grizzlies
Lewis began the 2021 season with the High A Spokane Indians where he appeared in 21 games hitting just .179 with one home run and eight RBIs. He was moved to Low A Fresno in August and settled in, hitting .283 for the Grizzlies in 15 games.  In Fresno, Lewis was mainly used in left field (11 starts) and only started five of 20 games as catcher when with Spokane.

Los Angeles Dodgers
High A – Andrew Shaps, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (William Jessup), Great Lakes Loons
Shaps spent the full season with the Loons, and was used as a two-way player, making 16 starts in the outfield, but also 22 appearances on the mound, all in relief, where he was 0-1 with an impressive 0.98 ERA.  His offensive output was not as great, as Shaps hit only .172 with one home run and 14 RBI in 18 games, striking out 24 times. He also spent a brief time on the Loons Development  List at the end of June.

Andrew Shaps on the mound for the HarbourCats in 2017 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Milwaukee Brewers
AAA – Quinton Torres-Costa, Victoria HarbourCats 2014 (Hawaii), Nashville Sounds
Things began optimistically for Torres-Costa in 2021 as he was extended an invite to the Milwaukee Brewers Big League spring training camp.  He came out of that and was assigned to AAA Nashville where he made 35 relief appearances and accumulated a 6.81 ERA before being released on August 30th.

AA – Kekai Rios, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Hawaii), Biloxi Shuckers
Rios began his 2021 campaign at High A Wisconsin where he played in 42 games, starting 37 games as catcher, hitting .270 with three home runs and 20 RBI. He was promoted to the AA Shuckers in early September and appeared in six games, all at catcher, throwing out four of seven runners, but hitting just .105 in his limited 19 at bats.

New York Mets
AA – Nick Meyer, Victoria HarbourCats 2015 (Cal Poly), Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Meyer began the season at AA Binghampton, but had some early season call ups to AAA Syracuse where he started nine games as catcher and hit a respectable .286 over 11 games, with three doubles and six RBI. He came back to Binghampton and spent some time on the 7-day injury list but finished the season there hitting .243 with three home runs and 12 RBI, with 44 of his 49 starts coming behind the dish.

Low A – Rowdey Jordan, Victoria HarbourCats 2018 (Mississippi State), St. Lucie Mets
Jordan capped off his great career at Mississippi State by winning the NCAA Division 1 Championship and then was drafted by the Mets in the 11th round of the 2021 MLB draft. He was assigned to St. Lucie where he played in 30 games (20 starts in centerfield) hitting .229 with one home run, four doubles, 18 walks and 13 RBI.

Rookie – Wyatt Young, Victoria HarbourCats 2016 (Pepperdine), FCL Mets
Drafted in the 15th round in 2021, Young began his pro career with the Florida Coast League Mets where he played in 26 games, starting 18 at second base, hitting .370 with eight doubles, a triple and 13 RBI.

Wyatt Young in 2016

Pittsburgh Pirates
Rookie – Owen Sharts, Victoria HarbourCats 2018 (Nevada), FCL Pirates
Sharts was drafted in the 13th round by the Pirates but has been on the injured reserve list and has not played yet as he is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

St. Louis Cardinals
AA – Alex Fagalde, Victoria HarbourCats 2014 (UC Riverside), Springfield Cardinals
Another former ‘Cat who has been grinding it out in the minors since being drafted in 2017, Fagalde’s year started well when he was assigned to AAA Memphis.  He was placed on injured reserve in early June and then assigned to AA Springfield on his return and on August 9th was again placed on injured reserve with what appeared was a season ending injury and he was released by the team in September, finishing 2021 with a combined 15 appearances and 3.18 ERA.

High A – Tommy Jew, Victoria HarbourCats 2016 (UC Santa Barbara), Peoria Chiefs
Jew began the year at Low A Palm Beach where he appeared in 54 games and hit .213 with five home runs and 30 RBI. He was promoted to Peoria in August and appeared in 21 games, hitting just .143 with four doubles and five RBI.

San Diego Padres
High A – Carter Loewen, Port Angeles Lefties/Victoria HarbourCats 2018 (Hawaii), Fort Wayne Tin Caps
Loewen began the year in Fort Wayne, appearing in 21 games all in relief and amassed a 1-1 record and 4.84 ERA with 7 saves and 31 strikeouts in 22.1 innings of work, before a season-ending injury in mid-July put him on the shelf for the remainder of the season.

High A – Luke Boyd, Victoria HarbourCats 2017 (Baylor), Fort Wayne Tin Caps
Drafted in the 17th round, Boyd began his pro career with the Arizona Rookie League Padres where he appeared in just two games before being promoted to Fort Wayne. With the Tin Caps, Boyd appeared in nine games, all in relief, earning a 2-1 record and 2.79 ERA. He struck out 15 batters in 9.2 innings of work, while only walking two.

Luke Boyd in 2017

Whose Next?
The HarbourCats will have a brand new crop of players when they resume play in the 2022 West Coast League season, so be sure to reserve your seats to see some of the best up and coming baseball players in North America!

Season Tickets and 10-game flex packs are now on sale! 2022 schedule is anticipated shortly!  Contact the office at 778-265-0327 to get set up, or e-mail for inquiries!


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NightOwls back at home sweet home against Bells this weekend



Undefeated at home, the Nanaimo NightOwls will be glad to land back to The Nest known as Serauxmen Stadium after three tough losses in Kelowna.

he NightOwls (3-3) dropped three straight games to the Falcons, the latter an 8-3 setback in what was a close game until a three-run home run in the seventh inning. Nanaimo starter Nathan Buchan went five strong innings and had his team within shouting distance that entire time, but the NightOwls failed to take advantage of having runners on base nearly every inning.


The NightOwls scattered seven hits Thursday, with no one in the lineup mustering more than one hit.

The NightOwls, who swept the Walla Walla Sweets at home in a three-game series on opening weekend, lost 9-3 on Tuesday in the opener in Kelowna, in a game that was closer than the score indicated, tied going to the bottom of the seventh inning, then dropped a 10-8 decision in a back-and-forth affair on Wednesday.


The NightOwls return to face Bellingham on Friday night, Saturday night (both 6:35pm starts) and Sunday afternoon (1pm). After that three-game set, the NightOwls have Monday off then welcome the Yakima Valley Pippins to Serauxmen for a Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday home series.

Home games are best watched live at the park, but if you can’t make it the place to find NightOwls games online streaming is at NightOwls.TV


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NorthPaws ‘pickled’ in home opener against Portland



Author: Larry Read

KAMLOOPS BC—The Kamloops NorthPaws are still in search of their first victory of the young West Coast League season.

The NorthPaws hosted the Portland Pickles at Dearborn Ford Field at Norbrock Stadium in a three-game series Tuesday through Thursday (June 6-8).   Over 500 fans a night were treated to some entertaining baseball but went home a little disappointed as the Pickles swept Kamloops.

The scores were 11-4 Tuesday (June 6), 6-4 Wednesday and Thursday (June 7,8). 

The results leave Portland with a 5-1 record while the NorthPaws dip to 0-6.

The NorthPaws will continue their homestand with the first ever appearance of the six time defending West Coast League champions, the Corvallis Knights to Kamloops.   The Pickles will head down Highway 97 for a three-game set in Kelowna against the Falcons.  Crovallis has a record of 5-1 after downing Yakima Valley 8-1. Wednesday night.

Portland and Kamloops will tangle once more this season when the NorthPaws visit the Pickles for three games beginning June 27th.

All West Coast League games are available via their website:


Tuesday, June 6, 2023-Portland Pickles 11 Kamloops NorthPaws 4

Portland broke open a 1-1 tie scoring four runs in the third inning before adding two more in the fifth and three runs in the sixth. Kamloops scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to reduce the deficit to 10-3.  New Zealander Maclain Roberts was tagged with the loss as he started the game and went three innings giving up four hits, four runs, had one walk and one strikeout.   

Left fielder Andrew Stucky (Tuscon, AZ) and Right fielder Felix Chenier-Rondeau (Blainvile, QC) each had runs batted in.

The Pickles were led by Jackson Waller (San Marcos, CA) who was two for two and three runs batted in. Two of the runs coming in on a single in the sixth.   Jack Metcho (Fairfield, CA) was one for two with three runs scored.  Starter Aiden Garza (Ventura, CA) was the winning pitcher tossing a no hitter for three innings, giving up two runs, striking out two and walking three.

Portland moved to 3-1 on the year.  The NorthPaws dropped their fourth in a row.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023-Portland Pickles 4 Kamloops NorthPaws 4

All the scoring in this game occurred in the first three innings.  Portland rallied from a 2-0 first inning deficit to tally three in both the second and third. 

The NorthPaws were led offensively by first baseman Nolan Austin (Kamloops, BC).  He was two for four at the dish with two runs batted in.  Designated hitter Landon Clark was one for four with an R.B.I.. 

Matthew Romero started for Kamloops and was tagged with the loss going two and a third innings, giving up nine hits, six earned runs, with two walks and a strikeout.

Murphy Gienger (Castle Rock, CO), who came into the game after an inning and two thirds was the winner. He threw a three hitter with eight strikeouts.  Morris Austin (Keller, TX) earned the save as he came on in the ninth inning and struck out the side.

Offensively, the Pickles had three R.B.I. from left fielder Xiage Lancaster (Hilo, HI).  He was two for three with two runs scored.  Jack Metcho was three for five with two runs scored and two runs batted in.  Right fielder Nicky Markantanatos (Portland, OE) was three for five.

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Thursday, June 8, 2023-Portland Pickles 6 Kamloops North Paws 4

The NorthPaws jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on the basis of a home run by Jude Hall (Chilliwack, BC).  It was Kamloops’ first home run of the season.  

The home team held a 4-1 lead until the sixth inning when the Pickles scored twice and then added three more in the seventh inning.  They wound up with six runs on six hits and one error. Kamloops had four runs on seven hits and one error.

Kamloops was threatening in the bottom of the ninth.  They had the bases loaded with two outs, but Felix Chenier-Rondeau (Blainville, QC) hit a long flyball which was caught in left field.

Sakemi Sato (La Quinta, CA) was the winning pitcher as he threw two innings of one hit ball with four strikeouts.  Portland was led offensively by Jack Metcho.  He was two for five with three runs batted in.  Nicky Markantanatos was two for five with an RBI.

Joey Adge (Parker, CO) was three for four for Kamloops with an RBI.   Hall was two for four with three runs batted in.

Christian Spitz (Overland Park, KS) was the losing pitcher.  He went three and a third giving up four runs (3 earned), striking out three and walking three.  Kamloops resident Tyrelle Chadwick had his second start of the year for the NorthPaws. He pitched three innings giving up two hits, four walks and one earned run.

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“It is always the little things in baseball that come back to haunt you. We run the bases improperly. We don’t get the right hit at the right time. Can’t throw the strike when we need it the most. Those things add up. I am telling them we need to win inning by inning.  This has been the underlying theme all season. There is just one inning where an error was started and the pitcher can’t come back from it.  We aren’t hitting. We haven’t scored more than four runs in any game. That is tough. “


“It is not the start we wanted to have. We were in the game again tonight.  Just small little errors are keeping us from getting over that hump.  Once we can get the first one we will start to figure it out we are going to start to cruise and get some more dubs.”


The NorthPaws will conclude their six game homestand with the Corvallis Knights.  The Knights and NorthPaws will play a three-game series starting tomorrow (Friday June 7th).  It is the first time that the two teams will have ever met in West Coast League play. As mentioned earlier in this release, the Knights have won the league title the last six years in a row.   In 2022, they beat the Bellingham Bells in the final.


#5, Tyler Quinn, Inf./C, Pacific University, Oregon. He was the Knights MVP in 2022

# 7, Luke Thiele, Inf., Central Arizona College, he’s going to Purdue in the fall.

# 16, Blake Avila, Central Arizona, he’s going to Grand Canyon in the fall.

#17 Sean Wiese, LHP, Hawaii. A four-year Knight, he was the Knights top pitcher in 2022 as our closer.

# 20 Sam Stem, OF, Gonzaga. He hit over .300 for the Zags this spring as a freshman.

# 37, Neil Feist, RHP, Cal State-Northridge. A returnee and a key player from the 2022 champions.

If you can’t make the NorthPaws games, they are all webcast on .   Some 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.

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Victoria HarbourCats – Island not so Sweet for Walla Walla, ‘Cats win sixth in a row!



A packed house of just over 5,000 fans, including these students from Spencer Middle School, enjoyed the HarbourCats 11-1 win Saturday (Photo: Don Descoteau)

June 7, 2023, VICTORIA, B.C. — The pitchers are pitching, the hitters are hitting, and the defence is defending.

That pretty much tells the tale of a season-starting hot streak for the Victoria HarbourCats (6-0), who completed a second straight series sweep at home with Wednesday afternoon’s 11-1 victory over the Walla Walla Sweets, at Wilson’s Group Stadium in Victoria.

The game, played in front of 5,008 on School Spirit Day sponsored by Mayfair Optometric Clinic, left onlookers with happy eyes indeed. A bases-clearing triple in the third inning by Jack Johnson (Baylor) started the onslaught of runs, and Victoria never looked back.

Johnson finished the day 2-4 with four runs driven in. Tyler Davis (Fresno State) was 4-5, and schoolmate Marco Pirruccello was 2-5 with two doubles — all part of a 14-hit attack, drawing six walks to spur the scoring.

HarbourCats starter Jack Seward delvers a pitch in front of a packed house Wednesday against Walla Walla (Photo: Don Descoteau)

Another Jack, as in Seward (Central Arizona), held Walla Walla bats silent for four effective innings, giving way to Josh Berenbaum, who was credited with the win. Chase Marshall, Loreto Siniscalchi and Darius Opdam Bak each threw an inning to complete the victory, with Walla Walla’s 10 hits and three walks scattered enough to prevent runs crossing the plate.


Landon Webb took the loss with four runs allowed in as many innings.

Most of the fans on this special time-game arrived in school buses, which lined the streets around Wilson’s Group Stadium at RAP. Food trucks were wiped clean, and the main concession sold out of hot dogs. There was no ice cream to be had by game’s end in the Sub Zero truck.

The HarbourCats have Thursday off before heading out on a six-game road trip — three games in Wenatchee starting Friday, then moving to Port Angeles for three more. The next home action in Victoria is Friday, June 16, the start of three games (Friday-Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon) against the Yakima Valley Pippins. The Edmonton Riverhawks then visit for a Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday (June 20-22) series at RAP.


The HarbourCats lead the North Division, while the Sweets (0-6), who were swept last weekend by Nanaimo, will be happy to get off of Vancouver Island and head home to regroup and add players to their roster in advance of their Friday home opener at Borleske Stadium.

Tyrus Hall is all smiles as he scores one of Victoria’s 11 runs Wednesday (Photo: Don Descoteau)

Tickets for all remaining games are available on-line ONLY at our official ticketing partner Select Your Tickets at   Tickets are also available at the HarbourCats office at 1814 Vancouver Street or by calling 778-265-0327.



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