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Victoria HarbourCats – HarbourCats celebrate start of year with annual MAX FURNITURE mixer and season ticket pick up event



Above: A number of fans and season ticket holders were out Tuesday night to celebrate the beginning of the HarbourCats season at the MAX FURNITURE MIXER and Season Ticket Pick Up event. (Photo: Norm LeBus)

by Norm LeBus, HarbourCats Special Contributor

May 29, 2024,  Victoria, BC – The 53rd Mayor of Victoria is a hard copy man.

When season ticket holder Dean Fortin arrives at Wilson’s Group Stadium, he does so with glossy, old-school stock paper tickets. Fans arriving at the park can present QR codes on their phones, print out PDF copies, or present tickets. Fortin, a ticket man, says he’s honouring hardball heritage.

“I mean, when it comes to baseball, it’s about tradition,” Fortin says. “The ability to have a ticket in hand and walk in, it just feels like you’re continuing to honour what makes baseball great.”

HarbourCats Managing Partner Jim Swanson (left) mugs for the camera at the Season Ticket Holder pick-up event Tuesday (Photo Norm LeBus)

The HarbourCats 10th anniversary season fell one game short in the WCL playoffs last August, losing to perennial power Corvallis at the Oregon city in the league playoff final.

Some of the team’s roughly 400 season ticket holders enjoyed a season-opening social and ticket pick up at Max Furniture Tuesday night.

Fortin is part of a group of eight people who invested in season tickets. Included among his neighbouring seat mates are two senior ladies whom Fortin said seemed to be extremely knowledgeable.  “It turns out they used to be umpires,” he explained. “We’re learning a lot from them.”

Season ticket holder Cherie Lewis is part of a sponsor family who billets one of the ‘Cats players. She’s sat between home and first every year for home games. “I can’t imagine sitting anywhere else,” she says.

Fans check out some of the new merchandise that was available at the Season Ticket Holder pick up event Tuesday at MAX Furniture Photo: Norm LeBus)

Helen Edwards, meanwhile, is a hard core fan. Edwards, friend Jeanette LaLonde and 42 others sit in the front row that actually sits on the field, protected only by nylon netting and their own wits.   “It’s fantastic,” she says. “Absolutely fantastic. “You get to see and hear everything.”

While baseball fans seem traditional, they are also practical: 27 homes games is a big commitment. If fans can’t make one game, a physical ticket is the easiest way to allow a friend to share in the fun.

“It’s easier to give someone a piece of paper (when you can’t attend),” Edwards said, adding: “Plus, I’m a little old fashioned.”

The HarbourCats season home opener is June 7 versus the Wenatchee AppleSox; opening pitch goes 6:30.

Season tickets and all game tickets can be purchased at the HarbourCats office 1814 Vancouver St, less than 100 metres from home plate at Royal Athletic Park, or on-line at


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NightOwls Outlast Dudes in Entertaining Game at Serauxmen



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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

The Victoria HarbourCats are proud to announce direct links to a DOWNLOADABLE SCHEDULE that will work on your iPhone or tablet, your Google calendar, or your Android device. Click HERE to access the calendars! Contact if you have any problems downloading the calendar to your device.


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NightOwls Edged in Extras in Victoria with 5,000 in Attendance



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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