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Victoria HarbourCats – Busy final home weekend full of promos for HarbourCats games

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HarbourCats head home for final weekend series of the season, with plenty of fun promotional options in store

July 27, 2023

VICTORIA, B.C. — Fireworks after a jam-packed Friday, and a free funeral — yes, a free funeral, the last prize you ever need to win.

Promotional weekends don’t get much more packed than this one, with the playoff-chasing rival Kelowna Falcons in town to face the Victoria HarbourCats for a Friday-Saturday-Sunday series, with two evening games and a Sunday matinee.

Here’s how it stacks up, with something for everyone:

FRIDAY (6:35pm, gates at 5:30pm) — It’s a Galaxy Motors FORCES FRIDAY, as all Fridays are with the HarbourCats, and it’s BC Transit Day at the Park — special giveaways, and the 50-50 benefitting Tour De Rock.

SATURDAY (6:35pm, gates at 5pm) — It’s FIREWORKS! Last one of the year, with Joan Wallace Driving School, and welcoming groups from the Victoria Royals, Red Arrow Brewing and Martha’s Delectables. This fireworks game will be a super-busy one, potential for a crowd over 5,000 making for an even better atmosphere.

SUNDAY (1pm, gates at noon) — Yes, you can win a FREE FUNERAL, with HW Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre, with a will package from Mary McManus at Stevenson Doell Law, and an insurance and financial review with Mike Reilly of Gaining Altitude Financial. It’s our highest-value giveaway of the season — and you must be in attendance to win the prize.

“This is the time of year when the playoff chase and the promotions hit a fever pitch at Wilson’s Group Stadium,” said Christian Stewart, GM of the HarbourCats. “There is a lot going on off the field, and the team is 20-1 on home field and contending for a WCL championship. People come to our games for the baseball, but also for the promotions and the food trucks — lots come by bike this time of year, with great bike racks inside the complex.”

The HarbourCats are mired in a second-half playoff battle and as of Thursday morning, sit two games back of the Wenatchee AppleSox for the second–half title.  The Cats are also in the wild card running and currently hold down the third seed in the North.  The ‘Cats are on the road Thursday night to complete a series with Kamloops, having won 2-0 on  Tuesday and then dropped a 6-3 decision Wednesday.  They will look to keep pace in the Division by winning the series tonight.

Following the weekend series with Kelowna the ‘Cats welcome the Nanaimo NightOwls to town on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the final regular season home games of the season. They then hit the road for the final series of the season in Edmonton.

PLAYOFFS:  Should the HarbourCats win the second-half title, the first home playoff game will be on Wednesday, August 9th at 6:35 pm with a potential game three in the series on Thursday August 10th.  Should the HarbourCats clinch a wild card spot, the first home playoff game will be on Tuesday August 8th at 6:35 pm.  Tickets for any potential playoff games will go on sale on Tuesday August 1st.

Tickets for the upcoming series against Kelowna and Nanaimo, as always, can be purchased on-line at https://harbourcats.com/tickets.  They can also be purchased in person in advance at the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street, or at the stadium box office on game days starting one hour prior to game time.

VOUCHERS:  If you have General Admission, Premium Reserved or Grandstand Reserved ticket vouchers, or if you have Save On Foods General Admission vouchers, please note you only have the six remaining home games to exchange vouchers for game tickets.  Vouchers are not eligible for any 2023 playoff games and may not be carried forward to the 2024 season.

If you have any questions regarding ticket voucher exchanges, please contact the office at 778-265-0327.

 

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Victoria HarbourCats – HarbourCats end road trip with sweep of Lefties

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July 24, 2024

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PORT ANGELES, WA – Michael Crossland stayed hot increasing his hit streak to five games with a three-hit night, leading the Victoria HarbourCats to a 6-3 win against the Port Angeles Lefties.

Shea Lake started his fourth game of the season and was impressive, pitching into the fifth inning for the first time. The Hawaii Pacific right-hander went 4-1/3 innings giving up two unearned runs on one hit, while striking out three.

BOX SCORE

Lake received run support early through RBI singles from Tyrus Hall and Ny’Zaiah Thompson in the second inning to give the Cats a 2-0 lead. With that base knock, Hall increased his hit streak to six games

Crossland’s second double of the evening drove home a run in the fourth inning to make it 3-0. Gunner Antillon followed that up with a single to score Crossland giving Victoria a commanding 4-0 lead. The second baseman had two hits to increase his season average to .308 and add to his on-base streak of 20 games.

WCL STANDINGS

Nick Frers gave up one unearned run while pitching 1-2/3 innings, striking out one.

Crossland’s third hit of the game was a sixth-inning RBI single which made it 5-3 HarbourCats. Victoria added an insurance run in the ninth with Michelle Artzberger getting in on the action, hitting a two-out double to give his team a 6-3 lead. The first baseman now has a .408 batting average in 18 games.

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Garrett Villa recorded the save pitching the final three innings striking out a season-high five batters while giving up three hits and zero runs.

The sweep of the Lefties means the Cats are back to .500 on the season with a 21-21 record. In the second-half standings, they sit two and a half games back of the Wenatchee AppleSox for the North Division lead.

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The HarbourCats now return home on Friday, July 26 at 6:35 pm to begin a three-game series against the Kamloops North Paws. That game kicks off “Kids Free Weekend” where all kids 12 and under get in free thanks to Peninsula Co-op. Simply come to the gate on any of the three game days, or get your tickets for these games in advance at the HarbourCats office. The Kids Free option is NOT available online.

REMINDER: If you have HarbourCats ticket vouchers of any kind, 10-game flex packs, or season ticket equivalent vouchers, just a reminder that all vouchers must be used for any of our remaining nine home games. Should we make playoffs, vouchers are not eligible for any games no matter where they are played. You can exchange your vouchers in advance for game tickets at the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street.

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NightOwls Lose a Tough One in Edmonton

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EDMONTON, Alta. — One more strike was all that was needed.

The Nanaimo NightOwls, fresh off an impressive sweep of a road series in Kamloops, were one pitch away from a fourth straight win on Monday night in Edmonton, but a clutch two-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored two runs to give the host Riverhawks a 5-4 win in West Coast League action.

The NightOwls are now 19-21 on the season and 7-6 in the second half, within grasp of top spot in the North Division lead for snaring home field advantage in the playoffs.

 

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The NightOwls scored two runs in the first and sixth innings and the pitching was strong, from starter Moosa Nonomiya to relievers Tahj Orona, Kai Hanasaki, Grant Jakobson and Ryan Inouye, who was within that one pitch of another save.

Second baseman Hsu He-Chieh had two hits, a run and an RBI, and Wylie Waters had a first-inning double to lead the NightOwls on offence. Waters drove in his 34th run of the season.

 

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The NightOwls were outhit 13-8 in warm, hazy conditions. In a rarity in today’s game, there were just four strikeouts total, three of them at the expense of Nanaimo batters.

 

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The NightOwls are in Edmonton for a Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday battle with the Riverhawks, one of the teams Nanaimo will want to get ahead of in the very tight North Division standings.

Right-hander Joshua Torres will start the Tuesday game for Nanaimo, with Jacob Fleury slated for Wednesday night.

The next home action for the NightOwls, after a Thursday off day, is hosting the Bellingham Bells at historic Serauxmen Stadium for a Friday-Saturday-Sunday series. Every game counts with how tight the standings are for playoff positions with three spots from the North still to be determined.

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Victoria HarbourCats – HarbourCats one step away from sweep in Port Angeles

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Michael Crossland had a pair of hits, a walk and scored two runs to lead the HarbourCats offence on Tuesday night (File photo: Christian J. Stewart)

July 23, 2024

Port Angeles, WA – Two down, one more to go — for a road series sweep and a .500 record on the six-game road trip.

The Victoria HarbourCats avoided a ninth inning scare from the host Lefties before closing out a 5-2 win Tuesday night in WCL action in Port Angeles. The night before, the HarbourCats posted a decisive 7-1 victory.

The HarbourCats scored two runs in the fifth inning, one in the sixth and two more in the seventh. The Lefties got single runs in the fifth and seventh and had two runners on base in the ninth inning but Brett Harvey got a series of pop ups to escape.

Victoria outhit Port Angeles 10-5.

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Michelle Artzberger reached base four times, on three hits and a hit by pitch, and drove in a run — he’s batting .409 on the season.

Michael Crossland was 2-4 with a double and two runs and Sky Collins had two hits.

STANDINGS

All-Star right-hander Carson Cormier started the game and was dominant, going 4.1 innings with two hits, one walk and two strikeouts, and one unearned run. Jacob Thompson and Harvey completed the pitching duties, combining to limit Port Angeles to five hits total, two of them in the ninth inning.

The HarbourCats are five games into a six-game road trip to Ridgefield and Port Angeles, and return home on Friday July 26, at 6:35 pm to begin a three-game home stand against the Kamloops North Paws.

That game kicks off “Kids Free Weekend” where all kids 12 and under get in free thanks to Peninsula Co-op. Simply come to the gate on any of the three game days, or get your tickets for these games in advance at the HarbourCats office. The Kids Free option is NOT available on-line.

REMINDER: If you have HarbourCats ticket vouchers of any kind, 10-game flex packs, or season ticket equivalent vouchers, just a reminder that all vouchers must be used for any of our remaining nine home games. Should we make playoffs, vouchers are not eligible for any games no matter where they are played. You can exchange your vouchers in advance for game tickets at the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street.

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