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Victoria HarbourCats – HarbourCats comeback falls short, lose 10-8 to the Bells



The HarbourCats rallied from six runs down but fell just short of the comeback (Photo: @JustinPMorash) 

June 22, 2024

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VICTORIA, B.C. – The Victoria HarbourCats (10-10) had the tying run at the plate in the ninth but could not replicate Friday night’s comeback, losing game two of the series 10-8 to the Bellingham Bells (13-7).

The Bells scoring started early as they loaded the bases in the second inning, but HarbourCats starter Malik Harris (University of Memphis) limited the damage to just one run on a sacrifice fly.

The HarbourCats responded immediately and their speed played a big part. Sky Collins (Fresno State) stole second after being hit by a pitch and later scored on a Ny’Zaiah Thompson (Cal State Fullerton) RBI double. After Thompson stole third, Garrett Teunissen (Cal State San Marcos) smacked an RBI single to left, his first of three hits, giving the Cats a 2-1 lead.


Sky Collins scores on Ny’Zaiah Thompson’s double in the second inning (Photo: @JustinPMorash)

Gunner Antillon (Cal Baptist) led off the bottom of the third inning with a double and was driven home by a Kerim Orucevic (UCSD) RBI single to make it 3-1 HarbourCats.

In Harris’ fourth Cats start he pitched three innings giving up one run on two hits, while striking out two.

Brandon Bertsch (University of Texas) pitched a scoreless fourth inning but got into trouble in the fifth. Bells third baseman Nate Kirkpatrick made it 3-2 with an RBI single which was followed by Bertsch walking his second batter of the inning to load the bases. Kade Douglas (CSU Pueblo) came out of the bullpen and induced a high popup but it dropped between Kyle Micklus (West Texas A&M) and Teunissen to score two runs, giving the Bells a 4-3 lead.


The HarbourCats responded quickly once again in the bottom of the fifth with Teunissen’s team-leading 13th steal of third base causing an errant throw into left field, allowing the Corona, California native to score and tie the game 4-4.

The Bells blew the game wide open in the sixth inning scoring four runs, including a two-run home run by Colton Bower. They added another run in the seventh inning, then a Conner Smith solo home run in the eighth made it 10-4.

Flynn Ridley (Ottawa University) and Mason Chamberlain (Missouri Valley) pitched out of the bullpen for the Cats, with Chamberlain giving up zero runs for the fifth straight appearance.


Flynn Ridley made his fourth appearance of the season pitching two innings, striking out two (Photo: @JustinPMorash)

The HarbourCats scored three runs in the eighth through a Jake Haggard (ULM) RBI double, his third hit of the night, and a Collins two-run double.

The Cats added an eighth run in the final frame, but the six-run deficit proved too large as Bells pitcher Nick Lewis struck out Haggard to end the game.


The series finale is tomorrow at 1:05 PM, Payton Hawkinson (Cal State Fullerton) is your HarbourCats projected starting pitcher. Next week is Taylor Swift week! If you attend any game between June 25-28 you will be entered into a draw for a pair of tickets to see Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour in Vancouver! The winner will be announced at the game on June 28. Get tickets at, by coming to the office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street in advance, or by calling 778-265-0327.

Can’t watch the game live? Follow @HarbourCats on X for live in-game updates and highlights!


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Victoria HarbourCats – Late runs harpoon HarbourCats in road opener in Ridgefield



Raptors stay hot and move to 11-0 in the second half of the season.

July 19, 2024

RIDGEFIELD, WA — The Victoria HarbourCats were within a clutch hit of taking a big lead in the top of the seventh inning.

That didn’t materialize, and the bottom of the seventh spelled doom.

The Ridgefield Raptors scored seven times in their half of the seventh to lock down a 10-5 victory on Friday over the visiting HarbourCats to open a three-game West Coast League series in the southwest Washington community.


The win pushes the Raptors win streak to 11 in a row to begin the second half of the season.

The HarbourCats were outhit 13-7. Victoria tried to rally in the ninth with three runs scored and the bases loaded, but ran out of outs.


Sky Collins had two hits and Tyrus Hall had a two-run double. The HarbourCats struck out 14 times collectively, 11 of which were courtesy of Raptors starting pitcher Isaiah Magdaleno, who was dominant over six full innings of work.

Spencer Hatch was also outstanding as the ‘Cats starting pitcher, going four innings with no runs and four hits allowed. The bullpen after that ran into a lot of troubles.

The HarbourCats are on a six-game road trip to Ridgefield and Port Angeles, starting the second series on Monday across the strait from Victoria. They next return to the friendly confines of Wilson’s Group Stadium at RAP for a weekend home series with the Kamloops NorthPaws, evening games on Friday and Saturday nights (6:35pm) and Sunday afternoon. Tickets are available at the gate, online at the team’s official website, or general admission vouchers can be purchased at all Save On Foods in the South Island.



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Victoria HarbourCats – Former HarbourCats lead the way as Mavericks win 8-6



July 18, 2024 

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VICTORIA, B.C. — The Victoria Mavericks held on to beat the Victoria HarbourCats 8-6 in the final exhibition game of the season,

The Mavericks took the lead in the first inning courtesy of an Austin Russell single, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The Mavericks doubled their lead in the fourth inning through a Josh Walker home run, making it 2-0.


Mavericks starter Fynn Chester faced the minimum through three innings, striking out four. Chester was one of nine former HarbourCats suiting up for the Mavericks tonight, the group of ex-Cats also including Russell and Walker.

Kerim Orucevic (UCSD) drove home Sky Collins (Fresno State) with a hard-hit single in the bottom of the fourth to get the Cats on the board. Cam Schneider (Fresno State) hit into a fielder’s choice to tie up the ballgame at 2-2. A wild pitch and defensive mishap in right field added two more runs, giving the HarbourCats a 4-2 lead.

Jack Finn (Illinois State), Garrett Villa (Angelo State), Brooks Brewster (Panola College), and Jacob Thompson (Minot State) all pitched an inning each for the Cats.


Mavericks shortstop Jay Willow hit a two-run home run in the top of the sixth to level the score at 4-4.

The Mavericks continued piling on runs in the seventh inning adding three more to give them a 7-4 lead.


The visitors increased their advantage through a Lance Burrows double in the eighth making it 8-4.

A Josh Cunnigan (Seattle) popup dropped between the Mavericks catcher and pitcher in the bottom of the eighth which allowed two runs to score cutting the deficit in half.

Luke Hayhow (Hawaii), Mason Chamberlain (Missouri Valley), Jalen Sami (Golden Tide), Brett Harvey (Puget Sound), and Dustin Davidson (Brookhaven) also pitched an inning each for the HarbourCats.

The Cats could not rally in the ninth inning, losing tonight’s game 8-6.

The HarbourCats begin a six-game road trip Friday against the Ridgefield Raptors. After a three-game set in Ridgefield, the Cats visit Port Angeles to take on the Lefties. The HarbourCats return home on July 26 against the Kamloops NorthPaws. It’s Kids Free Weekend! Thanks to Peninsula Co-op, all children 12 and under get free tickets! Get tickets at, by coming to the office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street in advance, or by calling 778-265-0327.



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Selects Hold Off NightOwls in Friendly Battle of Local Teams



NANAIMO, B.C. — The first college-level home run for Kurt Felix went to waste.

The Nevada high school baseball player of the year, a cacher with the Nanaimo NightOwls before he heads to Cal Poly (SLO) in fall, went deep over the left field wall for a two-run shot in the fifth inning on Thursday in a non-league exhibition game played at historic Serauxmen Stadium.

The Nanaimo Selects, a team made up of many current and former college players from the mid-island area, many of whom played for the PBL Pirates, earned a 5-3 victory in the second of two non-league games played this week to provide more baseball value to Nanaimo fans during the WCL all-star break.

The NightOwls outhit the Selects 7-6 but made the only error. The NightOwls scored their three runs in the fifth inning, almost erasing a 4-0 Selects lead.

Taiwanese second baseman Hsu He-Chieh had two hits for Nanaimo.

Former NightOwls infielder Brandon Nicoll had two hits for the Selects, who got quality pitching contributions from Jordan Moffat, Darren Kolk, Steve McKinnon, Liam Goodall and Garrett Goodall.

Cole Carmichael had a strong start on the mound for the NightOwls, with two scoreless innings, including two strikeouts.

The NightOwls now head out on a road trip that will give the team a chance to keep pace for the second half North Division championship, with three games in Kamloops starting on Friday, and three games in Edmonton on Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday before a day off next Thursday. The next home action for the NightOwls is a weekend home set against the division-rival Bellingham Bells next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


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