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Victoria HarbourCats – Golden Tide head into home stretch of fall baseball season

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Golden Tide announce schedule changes, other events for final two weeks of fall season

The Victoria Golden Tide College baseball team is now into the final two weeks of a successful  inaugural fall season in the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) and they have added a game and some other events that fans and players alike will enjoy!

THIS WEEKEND, October 23rd and 24th
Saturday
The VI College Prep Mariners head to town for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 pm at Wilson’s Group Stadium.  The Mariners are based in Nanaimo and play in the U18 College Prep Division of BC Minor Baseball and are the 2021 Provincial Champions at that level.  Tickets are just $5.00 and $10.00 and available at the gate. Children 12 and under are free.

Sunday
The Parksville Royals visit for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 pm at Wilson’s Group Stadium. The Royals play in the BC Premier Baseball League, the top high-school league in Canada.  In 2021, the Royals made it to the semi-finals of the 2021 Provincials before bowing out to the Victoria Eagles. Tickets are just $5.00 and $10.00 and available at the gate. Children 12 and under are free.

WINTER COAT DRIVE
Fans coming to any of the games on Saturday or Sunday, or to the game on October 30th (see below) can bring any used fall or winter jacket to the game and receive a free ticket for entry. All jackets will be donated to Our Place Society for them to distribute to those in need.  Fans may also drop jackets off at the HarbourCats / Golden Tide office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street.

INTERSQUAD WORLD SERIES DATES SET! Wed-Fri October 27 – 29
The Golden Tide play their best two out of three BLACK vs GOLD Intersquad World Series on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (if needed), October 27th, 28th and 29th. All games will begin at 4:00 PM and the games are FREE and open to the public!  The winning squad will be treated to a night in a Suite at a Victoria Royals hockey game!  These games will NOT be streamed on-line.

GAME ADDITION: ONTARIO GIANTS COME TO TOWN
The Ontario Giants Baseball Program is coming to town and they will play the Victoria Golden Tide on Saturday, October 30th at ~3:00 PM in a single nine-inning game, the last formal game of the 2021 fall season.  Admission as per normal, $5.00 and $10.00. The start time is approximate as the game will be preceded by a game between the Giants U16 team and the HarbourCats Players Development Club that begins at 12 Noon.  Fans are encouraged to come and watch that game prior to the Golden Tide game.  Your ticket is good for both games.

The U16 game will NOT be streamed, but the Golden Tide vs. Giants game will be available.  It will be provided FREE to existing streaming subscribers and a pay-per-game link will be set up for single-game viewing.

HALLOWEEN HIJINKS
The Golden Tide will wrap up their 2021 Fall season with a fun Intersquad game on Sunday, October 31st, starting at 12 Noon. Players will be encouraged to wear costumes, with prizes for the best costume and other fun contests and escapades will be planned. Fans are welcome to attend and admission to this is FREE! This will NOT be streamed on-line.

REMAINING FALL SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE:
SAT. OCT. 23, 1PM – VAN. ISLE PREP*
SUN. OCT. 24, 1PM -PARKSVILLE ROYALS*
WED. OCT. 27, 4PM – WORLD SERIES G1
THU. OCT. 28, 4PM – WORLD SERIS G2
FRI. OCT. 29, 4PM – WORLD SERIES G3**
SAT. OCT. 30, 3:00 PM – ONTARIO GIANTS
SUN. OCT. 31, 12 NOON – INTERSQUAD
* Double Header
**If Needed

BECOME A TIDE BOOSTER!
It is not too late to become a Tide Booster! Fans who wish to enjoy priority seating in the Diamond Club or Campbell Club seating areas for all remaining fall games, as well as all games in the spring, may now join the Golden Tide Booster Club, where a $200 fee secures a spot, gets one a Golden Tide hat and t-shirt and access to other Booster Club perks and benefits. E-mail chris@harbourcats.com or call the office at 778-265-0327 for details.

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Star player returning, NightOwls loading up on pitchers and catchers.

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One of the top performers on the first edition of the Nanaimo NightOwls is returning for a second stint.

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Versatile right-handed hitter Cody Hendriks of Cal State-Bakersfield, a dual Dutch-Canadian citizen, will be back at Serauxmen Stadium. The 6-2/195 Hendriks, who can play short/third/second in the infield and either corner outfield spot, now lives in Coquitlam and in summer of 2022 hit .275 with a team-record 13 doubles and 14 extra-base hits (one triple), along with eight stolen bases. He was second to infielder Tim Holyk (42) in hits with 39.

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Holyk, infielder Aaron Marsh, lefty Nathan Buchan, and outfielder Brandon Hupe are among those slated to return, with work still happening behind the scenes on other fan favourites from 2022.

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“Cody does so much that any coach values, and we’re glad to have him back,” said GM Jim Swanson. “He’s strong on the left side of the infield and was our hottest bat at times in 2022. He’s a key piece for CSUB and definitely has pro potential.”

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Also announced today, a total of six players:

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IF/OF Cody Hendriks, Cal State Bakersfield, sophomore, 6-2/195, Coquitlam, B.C.

C/RHP Ayden Hadley, Barton CC, freshman, 6-0/220, Langley, B.C.

LHP Aidan Sowers, Barton CC, freshman, 6-4/185, Dodge City, KS

RHP Talon Mihalinac, New Jersey Tech, freshman, 6-1/235, New Galilee, PA

LHP Blake MacMillan, Niagara, Redshirt-senior, 6-5/205, Mississauga, ON

C Matt Ward, Niagara, Redshirt-junior, 6-0/185, Mississauga, ON

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The announced 2023 roster to this point can be found HERE.

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Hadley and Sowers are teammates at Barton, a strong junior college in Kansas, and Hadley is a curious mix of a lefty bat with power, and a strike-thrower off the mound when he’s not catching or in a DH role. Sowers is a lanky lefty who has seen a jump in velo since he was with the Kansas Curve travel program, and lefties are valued with the setup of Serauxmen Stadium.

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Mihalinac is a developing power arm topping 92mph, while Niagara teammates MacMillan and Ward team as an experienced battery — MacMillan made 11 starts for the Purple Eagles in the spring of 2022, and Ward hit six home runs and batted .303 for Swift Current in the WCBL last summer.

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More signings will be announced in the coming months, as paperwork and passports are secured.

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“We’re excited about the size, experience and track record of the players filling roster spots,” said Swanson. “Adding depth, compared to last summer, is important for the pace of the WCL.”

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Victoria HarbourCats – Big-name schools sending key players to HarbourCats this summer

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Wednesday Feb 8, 2023

VICTORIA, B.C. — Texas. Washington. Oregon. Big-name schools, that lure the best recruits.

With LHP Reece Usselman of the Oregon Ducks, LHP David Shaw of the Texas Longhorns, and corner infielder Max Clark of the Washington Huskies, there will be no shortage of star college baseball players for HarbourCats fans in the summer of 2023 at Wilson’s Group Stadium at RAP.

Add in a catcher from the local collegiate Victoria Golden Tide, Lee Grey, and Victoria head coach Todd Haney is excited to see the roster grow with the season less than four months away.

David Shaw, here pitching for Rice, should be a dominant force from the left side for the HarbourCats in 2023.

“You always love finding and signing top pitching like Shaw and Usselman, and Clark is an exciting prospect,” said Haney, who will be at the helm for his third season, interrupted by two pandemic non-play summers. “Grey is also showing promise and developing under the Golden Tide coaches, important depth for what is a real grind at times in the West Coast League.”

The current, announced roster of the HarbourCats can be found HERE.

Another lefty, Langley’s Reece Ussleman gave the Canadian Junior National Team a number of quality innings in 2022.

Shaw is a monster at 6-7/205, a transfer from Rice where he made 18 appearances last spring. Usselman brings Team Canada Junior experience and isn’t exactly small at 6-3/185, a product of the Langley Blaze. He also played with White Rock (Team Canada) at the 2017 Little League World Series in Williamsport.  Clark is one of the top-rated high school players in the state of Washington, and Grey came west at the suggestion of former MLB catcher Gregg Zaun and is expected to be a key contributor for the Golden Tide in the CCBC.

Details on the players announced today:

  • LHP Reece Usselman, Oregon, incoming freshman, Langley, B.C., 6-3/185
  • LHP David Shaw, Texas, sophomore, Houston, TX, 6-7/205
  • 3B Max Clark, Washington, incoming freshman, Mercer Island, WA, 6-0/200
  • C Lee Grey, Victoria Golden Tide, freshman, Toronto, ON, 6-0/180

Oakville, Ontario’s Lee Grey will give the HarbourCats some depth at the catcher position.

The HarbourCats celebrate their 10th Anniversary in 2023 and the season kicks off with the home opener against the Kamloops NorthPaws on Friday June 2, 2023.  Single game tickets for that game and all 31 HarbourCats home games in 2023 are now on sale and can be purchased on-line through our one-and-only ticketing partner, Select Your Tickets, at harbourcats.com/tickets.  They can also be purchased at the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street, or at the Select Your Tickets box office at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.  Fans can also call 778-265-0327 to order over the phone.

Season tickets and 10-game flex packs are also now on sale.  For details on all ticketing options, including our special $10.00 Tuesdays, Forces Fridays and Save-on-Food Vouchers, please visit harbourcats.com/ticketinfo.

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The Kamloops NorthPaws Award Scholarship to Pitcher Kolby Lukinchuk

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The Kamloops NorthPaws Award Scholarship to Pitcher Kolby Lukinchuk

By Jodie Cooper

Kamloops, BC, February 2, 2023: The Kamloops NorthPaws team is delighted to announce a $500 scholarship being awarded to pitcher Kolby Lukinchuk.

Photo Taken by: Allen Douglas Graphic Created by: Fallsway Marketing & Media

The Kamloops NorthPaws are thrilled to announce that they are awarding a $500 academic scholarship to pitcher Kolby Lukinchuk, who is completing a Bachelor of Business Administration at Thompson Rivers University. The NorthPaws would like to commend Kolby for his achievements both on and off the field. His willingness to go above and beyond has made him an exemplary role model in the community.

Kolby says he decided to come and play in Kamloops because he wanted to play college baseball and wanted to work with Ray Chadwick, a former professional baseball player and a coach at Thompson Rivers University, who would help him develop and grow his chances at cracking the NorthPaws roster. One of the things that drew him to the team especially was their involvement and work ethic within the community, and the opportunities that he has received because of that. He has especially enjoyed being a role model for the young players who attend their kids’ camps.

Being able to give back to the community that has supported him is extremely important to Kolby. He loves being able to interact with people and hopes to continue his efforts in the community into this upcoming summer, especially when it comes to the development of young players, who are “the next generation”. He hopes to continue being a role model within this community going forward, and the NorthPaws scholarship will help him continue his efforts on the academic front.

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