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Victoria HarbourCats – HarbourCats offence comes to life scoring 19 runs in huge win

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Mascots from around the city came to the ballpark to celebrate Harvey’s birthday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

July 7, 2024

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VICTORIA, B.C. — The Victoria HarbourCats celebrated Harvey the HarbourCat’s birthday by scoring a season-high 19 runs, convincingly beating the Kelowna Falcons 19-5.

After scoring just two runs in the previous two games of the series, the HarbourCats wasted no time this afternoon. A Cam Schneider (Fresno State) RBI single made it 2-0, his first of four RBIs. The third baseman scored on a wild pitch later in the inning, giving Victoria an early 3-0 lead.

Luck was on Victoria’s side as a bases-loaded hit by pitch in the fourth made it 4-0 before a high pop-up was lost in the sun allowing two runs to score in the fifth inning, extending the lead to 6-1 the Cats a 6-1 lead.

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Tyrus Hall was back in the leadoff spot and reached based three times, scoring three runs (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

HarbourCats starter Holden Hess (ULM) picked up the win in his best outing of the season. The big right-hander pitched six innings, striking out six, and giving up one run. All his pitches were working for him as he consistently kept Falcons hitters guessing. It’s Hess’ second straight six-inning outing, as he also picked up the win on Canada Day in Nanaimo.

Shea Lake (Hawaii Pacific) pitched an inning of relief giving up two earned runs, his first appearance since June 19.

LEAGUE STANDINGS

Victoria blew the game wide open in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tate Shimao (Hawaii) increased his team lead in RBIs to 20 with a two-run single to get things going, making it 10-4. After a Michelle Artzberger (ULM) RBI fielder’s choice added another run, Michael Crossland (UC San Diego) recorded his first RBI of the season with a single, giving his team a 12-4 lead. Three more runs crossed the plate in the inning through a balk, a sacrifice fly, and an error which capped off a seven-run frame.

Gunner Antillon’s seventh inning sacrifice fly was his eighth RBI of the season (Photo: Christian J. Stewart) 

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Crossland hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning extending the lead to 19-4. His first long ball of the season was a 102 MPH laser over the Wilson’s Group Stadium sign in left field.

Garrett Villa (Angelo State) threw a scoreless eighth inning and Jake Finkelstein (Montana State) struck out three and gave up one run in the ninth inning to close out a 19-5 victory for his team.

The HarbourCats are back in action Tuesday at 6:35 PM to take on the Dub Sea Fish Sticks. It’s $10 Tuesday! All premium reserved and general admission tickets are just $10! Get tickets at http://harbourcats.com/tickets, by coming to the office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street in advance, or by calling 778-265-0327.

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 http://harbourcats.com/tickets, 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

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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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