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Victoria HarbourCats – Four former HarbourCats highlight World Baseball Classic rosters

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Three former ‘Cats on Team Canada, one on Great Britain

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February, 10, 2023

Victoria, BC – When the World Baseball Classic begins on March 8th, four former HarbourCats, all pitchers, will be wearing their respective country’s team colors and hoping to do their part to lead their teams to success in the tournament.

Nick Pivetta, Cade Smith and Indigo Diaz were three of the 17 pitchers named to the 30-Man Team Canada roster on Thursday, while Chavez Fernander joins the pitching staff of Great Britain.

Pivetta of course is known for being the HarbourCats first ever signee and the first HarbourCats starter in the team’s inaugural season in 2013. He is now with the Boston Red Sox where he has been a key member of their starting rotation.

Diaz was with the HarbourCats in 2017 where he was an WCL All-Star selection and is now with the Yankees Triple A Scranton, while Smith was with the HarbourCats in the summer of 2019 and is now in the Cleveland system and has recently been invited to 2023 big-league spring training with the Guardians.

Fernander, from the Bahamas, played for the HarbourCats in 2017, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2018 and played last season with the Tigers High A affiliate West Michigan Whitecaps.

Other notable pros on the Team Canada roster include Freddie Freeman (Dodgers), Bo Naylor (Guardians), and former Langley Blaze superstar Tyler O’Neil (Cardinals), as well as four others with HarbourCats connections – Blue Jays prospect Damiano Palmegiani who played for Port Angeles in 2019 and was slated to play for the HarbourCats in 2020, veteran minor-leaguer Evan Rutckyj, whose cousin Nick, played for the ‘Cats in 2013-2014 and pitchers Curtis Taylor – who was with the Kelowna Falcons in 2015 and pitched at RAP early in that year – and Trevor Brigden, who was with Kelowna in 2018. Great Britain’s Alex Webb is also another former Kelowna Falcon (2015).

The HarbourCats players noted above, as well as Palmegiani Taylor, Brigden and Webb, are part of 20 former West Coast League players who will be playing in this year’s Classic (full list follows below).

Team Canada and Great Britain are seated in Pool C of the tournament, which actually begins play on March 11th and they will face some tough competition, notably from Team USA, who feature the likes of Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Pete Alonso, Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright to name a few. Other teams in the pool include Columbia and Mexico.

The 2023 World Baseball Classic, being played for the first time since 2017, has been expanded from 16 to 20 teams, split into four pools of five teams each. Every team will play the other teams in its pool once, with the top two teams from each pool at the end of this round advancing to an eight-team, single-elimination stage. This will culminate with the championship game on March 21.

Full list of former West Coast League Players in the 2023 World Baseball Classic

Canada

  • Trevor Brigden, Kelowna Falcons (2018), RHP
  • Indigo Diaz, Victoria HarbourCats (2016-2017), RHP
  • Damiano Palmegiani, Port Angeles Lefties (2019), INF
  • Nick Pivetta, Victoria HarbourCats (2013), RHP
  • Cade Smith, Victoria HarbourCats (2016), RHP
  • Curtis Taylor, Kelowna Falcons (2015), RHP

Columbia

  • Rio Gomez, Bend Elks (2015), LHP

Czech Republic

  • Eric Sogard, Bend Elks (2006), INF

Great Britain

  • Chavez Fernander, Victoria HarbourCats (2017), RHP
  • Ryan Long, Wenatchee AppleSox (2019), RHP
  • Alex Webb, Kelowna Falcons (2015), RHP

Israel

  • Jake Bird, Yakima Valley Pippins (2015), RHP
  • Kyle Molnar, Walla Walla Sweets (2015), RHP
  • Joey Wagman, Walla Walla Sweets (2010), RHP
  • Zack Weiss, Wenatchee AppleSox (2010), RHP

Italy

  • Sam Gaviglio, Corvallis Knights (2009), RHP
  • Nicky Lopez, Bend Elks (2014), INF
  • Dominic Miroglio, Walla Walla Sweets (2013), C

Mexico

  • Jarren Duran, Walla Walla Sweets (2016), OF

Nicaragua

  • Isaac Benard, Cowlitz Black Bears (2015), OF

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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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