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Victoria HarbourCats – HarbourCats Foundation to host Field of Dreams Charity Softball Game

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 21, 2023

Victoria, BC – The HarbourCats Foundation is thrilled to announce a Charity Slo-Pitch Softball Game, featuring Greater Victoria First Responders and Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Famers.

This exciting event will take place at Wilson’s Group Stadium at historic Royal Athletic Park, on Sunday, July 9, 2023, with game time at 1:05 pm.

This fun-filled family afternoon aims to bring together the Greater Victoria community while supporting local heroes and honouring the achievements of local sports legends, in the spirit of friendly competition, entertainment, and community engagement.

Spectators can anticipate an enticing atmosphere with live music, delicious food concessions, and activities for fans of all ages.

This charity game will raise funds for the HarbourCats Foundation, a non-profit organisation committed to, “the support of baseball and softball efforts across the Greater Victoria area and helping make these two sports affordable for all children. Whether it be assisting in the purchasing of much-needed equipment, education, or fee support, the HarbourCats Foundation strives to foster the growth and sustainability of baseball and softball so that all youth enjoy the opportunity to play these wonderful pastimes.”

The Foundation would like to express gratitude to the City of Victoria, Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, event sponsors, community partners, and volunteers who have generously supported this initiative – and of course the First Responders and Sports Hall of Famers! Everyone’s dedication and commitment have been instrumental in bringing this “Field of Dreams” dream to reality.

Tickets for the Charity Slo-Pitch Game can be purchased on-line at Select your Tickets, or at the HarbourCats office at 1814 Vancouver Street.  They will also be available at the Stadium box office on game day. Prices for all seats, all sections: $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under.

NOTE:  THIS GAME IS NOT INCLUDED FOR HARBOURCATS SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

Join us for an unforgettable day of softball action, community engagement, and philanthropy, as the Greater Victoria First Responders face off against the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Famers.

Together let’s celebrate our local heroes, honour our community’s legends and make a positive impact ​on the lives of those in need.

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Stability and more support the story for NightOwls coaching staff

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Greg Frady, Gorman Heimueller, Sean FitzGerald are the only coaches the Nanaimo NightOwls have ever known.

With the West Coast League team entering its third season at historic Serauxmen Stadium, that trio will have some help for 2024 — and the local kind.

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Frady, the Head Coach and veteran of college and international baseball, is proud to add two local coaches to the staff — First Base Coach Tyler Moretti, and Mental Skills/Bullpen Coach Jordan Herbison.

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Pitching Coach Heimueller, amazingly, is approaching his 50th year in the game, a career that includes two World Series rings, while FitzGerald, who runs the offense from the third base box, brings a wealth of junior college experience from Skagit Valley College.

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Moretti is well known locally as a former Pirates player who went south to play at Jamestown College, also seeing time at then-named VIBI. He has coached at the PBL and collegiate level.

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Herbison, originally from Ontario, played at UBC and the former RHP is now an instructor at Vancouver Island University, and was the mental performance coach for the NightOwls in 2023.

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Herbison and Moretti will give NightOwls players more opportunities for development.

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Arm injuries in pro and college baseball — NightOwls make organizational statement

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Heimueller has served as a minor league pitching coach and coordinator for many MLB organizations, most recently with the Padres. He has World Series rings for his work with the Twins and Phillies.

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With the NightOwls, Gorm has enjoyed working with them all — but especially strong-command pitchers such as Nathan Buchan, Garrett Goodall, Jake Fleury and Josh Laukkanen.

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“Gorm loves to say he’s never seen a ground ball leave the park,” said Swanson.

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“We see athletes on our team and others using max effort rather than prioritizing strikes — that makes for longer games, too, another focus in baseball. If someone can throw 97, with healthy actions and commanding the baseball, that’s great — but few can and let’s stop turning our backs on pitchers who can get people out with pitch location as the priority.

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“There is too much focus on radar gun ratings, on spin rate readouts, and Gorm and our coaching staff will be developing and rewarding pitchers who locate pitches and get batters out.”

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The NightOwls are excited about the player roster for the coming season, and the mix of pitchers on the roster — different styles, to create different looks and get the 27 outs required to win games.

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Victoria HarbourCats – 2024 Season Ticket Pick-up Event

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WE ARE BACK! 2024 Season Tickets Available for Pick-Up

May 17, 2024

We are inviting all season ticket holders, host families, and fans to join us for our annual “MAX MIXER” Season Ticket Holder Pick Up Event on Tuesday, May 28th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at MAX FURNITURE at 3460 Quadra St. in Victoria.

WHAT: Season Ticket Pick-Up and Pre-Season Mixer
WHERE: MAX FURNITURE – 3460 Quadra St.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 28th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Come meet your fellow fans, grab your season tickets, and mingle with HarbourCats staff and Harvey the HarbourCat as we kickoff the 2024 season.

There will be ticket and merchandise deals offered exclusively at the event.

NO RSVP required but if you have any questions, please contact the HarbourCats office at 778-265-0327.

If you can’t make the event, you can pick up your tickets at the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street. Open M-F 9AM to 5PM, and Saturdays 10AM to 4PM.

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