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
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com or call the office at 778-265-0327 for details.
NorthPaws Introduce Jenna Forter as New GM
Jenna Forter is the new GM of the Kamloops NorthPaws
The Kamloops NorthPaws has a new face at the helm.
Kamloops local Jenna Forter has been hired as the expansion team’s new general manager.
A graduate of Thompson Rivers University, Forter brings a wealth of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry to the NorthPaws front office. She also brings a worldwide perspective having grown up in Southeast Asia and living in Lake Louise and Revelstoke before moving to Kamloops in 2017.
“I have a passion for the Kamloops community and I truly believe in the legacy the NorthPaws want to build. I’m excited to be a part of building this expansion franchise,” says Forter.
With the announcement, Forter becomes the fifth active female GM in the West Coast League and the only active GM in the Kamloops sports community.
Forter takes the reins from interim general manager Sean Wandler who will remain with the organization.
“We’re excited to have Jenna as the next member of local, homegrown talent on our staff. Sean’s role as GM was always intended to be on an interim basis and he will still be an integral part of our team. We see this as a great addition to our staff as we work toward opening day in May,” says co-owner Jon Pankuch.
Forter joins head coach Cole Armstrong and operations manager Jamie Shinkewski as NorthPaws front office staff as the aforementioned homegrown talent.
Armstrong grew up in Surrey and spent summers with his grandparents around Heffley Lake before embarking on his career in professional baseball. He returned to BC to join the NorthPaws front office this summer after nearly two decades south of the border.
Shinkewski is a born, raised and returned Kamloopsian and has filled various roles across the Kamloops sports community.
Victoria HarbourCats – HarbourCats Ready to Begin Ticket Exchanges for 2022 Season
New single- game ticket sales to begin December 9th, 2021
For Immediate Release
November 29, 2021
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Victoria, BC – The Victoria HarbourCats are excited to announce that beginning Tuesday, they are now ready to start exchanging unused 2020 and 2021 tickets and 2020, 2021 and 2022 ticket vouchers for specific game tickets for the 2022 West Coast League season at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park (SCHEDULE TO RIGHT and HERE).
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FOR FANS WHO HAVE EXISTING 2020 and 2021 TICKETS OR 2020, 2021 and 2022 VOUCHERS / FLEX-PACKS FOR EXCHANGE ONLY!
NEW SINGLE GAME TICKET SALES WILL NOT BEGIN UNTIL DECEMBER 9th at 10:00 AM.
Ticket exchanges will begin at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, November 30th at the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street, however in order to expedite this process and to ensure we are meeting required protocols for number of people in our small office at any one time, we are asking fans to PLEASE BOOK AN APPOINTMENT to come in and do the exchange.
Fans can book appointments at go.harbourcats.com
Please note, if you booked your 2020 or 2021 tickets on-line with Select Your Tickets and received e-mailed PDF tickets, you may call them directly at 250-220-7777 to make the exchange and do not need to come into the HarbourCats office to do this.
2020/2021 actual GAME tickets MUST be exchanged at the HarbourCats office, ideally prior to the start of our 2022 season. Such tickets will NOT be accepted at the stadium box office windows on 2022 game days.
For ticket voucher / flex-packs exchanges, while we would prefer all exchanges happen at the office and prior to the start of the season, we WILL accept ticket vouchers for exchange at the box office windows on 2022 game days, but, note, as we expect this to be a busy season of HarbourCats baseball, tickets for specific sections will be subject to availability on those days.
If you do not have vouchers and want to take advantage of the early exchange opportunities for 10-game flex pack holders noted above, you CAN purchase new or additional 2022 10-game flex packs at any time. These can be purchased at the HarbourCats office, or on-line at https://victoria-harbourcats-official.myshopify.com/products/10-game-flex-pack-general-admission
PURCHASING 2022 INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS
2022 single-game tickets will go on sale to the general public on December 9th, 2021. These will be available at the office, or on-line via Select Your Tickets at https://harbourcats.com/tickets. If you do not have 2020/2021 tickets for exchange, or 2020, 2021 or 2022 ticket vouchers, you will have to wait until that date to purchase single-game tickets for the 2022 season.
SEASON TICKET HOLDERS
If you are a FULL season ticket holder and you have paid in full for your seats prior to the 2020 or 2021 seasons, or have recently purchased seats for the 2022 season, there is no need for you to do anything at this time. Your seats are held for 2022, your payment has been applied and your tickets will be ready for pick-up sometime in Mid-May. Should you wish to upgrade your seats or add seats, or if you do not have season tickets and would to purchase them, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 778-265-0327.
Should you have any questions at all on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact Christian Stewart, Assistant GM of Ticketing and Media at 778-265-0327, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
2021 Commitments Re-Sign with NorthPaws
The Kamloops NorthPaws have resigned a quartet of players and a coach who were slated to be a part of the 2021 campaign.
Players Thomas Green, Marshal Luiz, Trey Newman, Colby Ring and assistant coach Sammie Starr have all recommitted to the Tournament Capital’s expansion franchise after missing the opportunity last summer when the 2021 season was cancelled due to pandemic-related circumstances.
“I wish Kamloops could’ve seen these guys this past summer but talking with them they continue to be excited to come to Kamloops and be a part of what we’re building with the NorthPaws,” says head coach Cole Armstrong.
The middle infielder from Courtenay, B.C. joined the NCAA Division I Oakland University Grizzlies this fall.
He played the 2021 summer season for the Amarillo Sod Squad in Texas, putting up a .250 average with 15 RBIs in 35 games.
His cousin, Taylor Green, was drafted by and played for Milwaukee Brewers and is currently working in their scouting department.
Photo Credit: JSU Athletics
A left-handed hitting junior catcher at Jackson State University, Luiz grew up in Surrey and had previously learned under Armstrong’s tutelage during high school.
He posted a .259 avg, 27 walks and 23 RBIs in 26 games for a Tigers team which finished a perfect 24-0 in league play during the 2021 season before falling in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship.
“It’s pretty cool to have a West Coast League team not too far from home and be able to play competitive baseball in such a highly touted summer collegiate league. Being a B.C. guy, it’s going to be really cool to experience that and be a part of it,” Luiz said.
Photo Credit: UVU Athletics
Trey Newman was the first player to officially sign a contract to play for the Kamloops NorthPaws, and he is again one of the first players to re-commit to the team’s delayed inaugural season.
The Arizonan catcher played his 2021 season at Utah Valley University leading the team with a .382 on-base percentage. He posted a .230 batting average and started 17 games behind the plate as a Covid freshman.
He transferred this summer to Central Arizona College, the 2021 NJCAA national championship runner-up, where he impressed through the fall.
Newman has committed to return to NCAA Division I next year with the Arizona State University Sun Devils.
The crafty lefty from Langley is entering his junior season with the University of Antelope Valley Pioneers.
He will come to NorthPaws as one of the few players with prior experience in the West Coast League. He suited up for the Bellingham Bells during the 2019 season.
“I can argue the West Coast League has some of the best players in North America and it’s definitely one of the best leagues to play in during the summer,” Ring said.
An assistant coach at the University of British Columbia, Starr brings a wealth of knowledge to the NorthPaws staff.
Originally from Toronto, Starr played at UBC as an infielder before playing and coaching in the Baltimore Orioles minor league system where he crossed paths with Armstrong.
“As far as young coaching talent in Canada, he’s as good at it gets,” says the NorthPaws skipper.
The NorthPaws open the inaugural season on May 31 when the Edmonton Riverhawks come to Norbrock Stadium. The full regular season schedule is available online: https://www.northpawsbaseball.ca/schedule.
Reserve your seat to see the NorthPaws during the inaugural season. 10-Game Flex Plans and Season Tickets are on sale now. Visit https://tickets.northpawsbaseball.ca to join us at Norbrock Stadium next summer.