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Victoria HarbourCats – HarbourCats unveil 2023 season schedule

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November 15, 2022

VICTORIA, B.C. — Opening the season at home, and three July weekend home series highlight the 2023 schedule for the Victoria HarbourCats, as the West Coast League has revealed next summer’s dates.

“It’s always an exciting day to tell our fans when we get back on the field, and the sooner we can get this information out the better,” said Jim Swanson, Managing Partner/GM of the HarbourCats. “We’d like to see the schedule out even earlier to give us more time to plan out all the events we’re proud to host at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park, as we’re known for being much more than just a collection of baseball games and we take pride in getting those details in place.”

The HarbourCats will open the 2023 season at home against the second-year Kamloops NorthPaws on Friday, June 2, and highlights include the Father’s Day weekend against the Yakima Valley Pippins, a Canada day three-game set against the HarbourCats 2022 playoff opponents, the Bellingham Bells, and three full weekend (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) series in July.

The regular season concludes on the road in Edmonton Sunday, August 6, with playoffs slated to start on Tuesday, August 8.

Three, always popular fireworks nights are scheduled this season, on Saturday, June 3rd, Friday, June 30th and Saturday, July 29th, while School Spirit Day with Mayfair Optometric Clinic is slated for Wednesday, June 7 at 11:05 am.  Other special dates such as Harvey’s Birthday, Bark in the Park, and Jersey Off Our Backs with Odlum Brown will be confirmed and properly announced at a later date.  Four non-league games are also planned against the returning Redmond Dudes and Coquitlam Angels.

Single-game tickets ARE NOT YET ON SALE, but are expected to be available both on-line and in person at the HarbourCats office starting December 1, 2022.  At that time, 10-game flex pack vouchers will be eligible to be exchanged for games in the 2023 season. Season tickets and 10-game flex passes ARE currently on sale and can be purchased at the HarbourCats office. As above though, flex-pack vouchers can not be exchanged for 2023 games until single-game tickets go on sale.

2022 Season Ticket holders are asked to renew their season tickets if they have not already done so prior to single-game tickets going on sale in order to lock in their preferred seat selection for all 31 2023 games.  New season tickets and 10-game flex packs are also now on sale.

If you have any questions about the 2023 schedule or 2023 ticket sales, please contact the office at 778-265-0327 or e-mail chris@harbourcats.com.

HOME SCHEDULE (all games at Wilson’s Group Stadium at RAP)

Friday, June 2 — HOME OPENER vs. Kamloops NorthPaws, 6:35pm
Saturday, June 3 — vs. Kamloops NorthPaws, 6:35pm, OPENING WEEKEND FIREWORKS!
Sunday, June 4 — vs. Kamloops NorthPaws, 1pm
Monday, June 5 — vs. Walla Walla Sweets, 6:35pm
Tuesday, June 6 — vs. Walla Walla Sweets, 6:35pm
Wednesday, June 7 — SCHOOL SPIRIT GAME vs. Walla Walla Sweets, 11:05am
Friday, June 16 — vs. Yakima Valley Pippins, 6:35pm
Saturday, June 17 — vs. Yakima Valley Pippins, 6:35pm
Sunday, June 18 — FATHER’S DAY GAME vs. Yakima Valley Pippins, 1pm
Tuesday, June 20 — vs. Edmonton Riverhawks
Wednesday, June 21 — vs. Edmonton Riverhawks
Thursday, June 22 — vs. Edmonton Riverhawks
Friday, June 30 — CANADA DAY FIREWORKS vs. Bellingham Bells, 6:35pm
Saturday, July 1 — CANADA DAY CELEBRATION vs. Bellingham Bells, 1pm
Sunday, July 2 — vs. Bellingham Bells, 1pm
Tuesday, July 11 — vs. Port Angeles Lefties, 6:35pm
Wednesday, July 12 — vs. Port Angeles Lefties, 6:35pm
Thursday, July 13, vs. Port Angles Lefties, 6:35pm
Friday, July 14 — vs. Wenatchee AppleSox, 6:35pm
Saturday, July 15 — vs. Wenatchee AppleSox, 6:35pm
Sunday, July 16 — vs. Wenatchee AppleSox, 1pm
Friday, July 21 — vs. Coquitlam Angels, 6:35pm
Saturday, July 22 — vs. Coquitlam Angels, 6:35pm
Sunday, July 23 — vs. Coquitlam Angels, 1pm
Monday, July 24 — vs. Redmond Dudes, 6:35pm
Friday, July 28 — vs. Kelowna Falcons, 6:35pm
Saturday, July 29 — vs. Kelowna Falcons, 6:35pm, SUMMER FIREWORKS CELEBRATION!
Sunday, July 30 — vs. Kelowna Falcons, 1pm
Tuesday, August 1 — vs. Nanaimo NightOwls, 6:35pm
Wednesday, August 2 — vs. Nanaimo NightOwls, 6:35pm
Thursday, August 3 — vs. Nanaimo NightOwls, 6:35pm

ROAD SCHEDULE (game times TBD)
Friday, June 9 — at Wenatchee AppleSox
Saturday, June 10 — at Wenatchee AppleSox
Sunday, June 11 — at Wenatchee AppleSox
Monday, June 12 — at Port Angeles Lefties
Tuesday, June 13 — at Port Angeles Lefties
Wednesday, June 14 — at Port Angeles Lefties
Friday, June 23 — at Bellingham Bells
Saturday, June 24 — at Bellingham Bells
Sunday, June 25 — at Bellingham Bells
Monday, June 26 — at Kelowna Falcons
Tuesday, June 27 — at Kelowna Falcons
Wednesday, June 28 — at Kelowna Falcons
Tuesday, July 4 — at Walla Walla Sweets
Wednesday, July 5 — at Walla Walla Sweets
Thursday, July 6 — at Walla Walla Sweets
Friday, July 7 — at Yakima Valley Pippins
Saturday, July 8 — at Yakima Valley Pippins
Sunday, July 9 — at Yakima Valley Pippins
Tuesday, July 18 — at Nanaimo NightOwls, 6:35pm
Wednesday, July 19 — at Nanaimo NightOwls, 6:35pm
Thursday, July 20 — at Nanaimo NightOwls, 6:35pm
Tuesday, July 25 — at Kamloops NorthPaws
Wednesday, July 26 — at Kamloops NorthPaws
Thursday, July 27 — at Kamloops NorthPaws
Friday, August 4 — at Edmonton Riverhawks
Saturday, August 5 — at Edmonton Riverhawks
Sunday, August 6 — at Edmonton Riverhawks

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Victoria HarbourCats – Cam Schneider is the hero, he walks it off in extra innings

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Cam Schneider went 4 for 5 with two RBI’s, leading the HarbourCats to a series win (Photo: @JustinPMorash) 

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VICTORIA, B.C. – Cam Schneider’s (Fresno State) four-hit afternoon sent over 5000 fans home happy on Mayfair Optometric’s annual School Spirit Day!

The Nanaimo NightOwls got on the board early as Drew Rutter drove home the first run of the ballgame with an RBI single in the first inning.

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Ny’Zaiah Thompson celebrates his bunt single in the 10th inning (Photo: @JustinPMorash)

After the early run, Victoria HarbourCats starter Holden Hess (ULM) settled in. Hess threw four innings giving up one run on four hits and striking out two.

NightOwls starter Aidan Russell had a 1.80 ERA through his first 10 innings of the season and carried that form into this one. Russell overpowered Cats hitters with his fastball which touched 93 MPH, striking out eight. He was through five scoreless innings before the Cats finally created some offence. With two outs in the sixth, Schneider drove in the tying run with an RBI single.

Victoria natives Jack Finn (Illinois State) and Mason Chamberlain (Missouri Valley) were great out of the bullpen, pitching five innings combined and giving up zero runs.

LEAGUE STANDINGS 

Schneider led off the ninth with a single up the middle. After a sacrifice bunt moved him up 90 feet, a Sky Collins (Fresno State) single to right looked like it would be enough to win it, but Schneider was thrown out at home.

Spencer Hatch (Tarleton State) pitched a scoreless 10th inning, striking out one.

Brooks Brewster fired up late in the game (Photo: @JustinPMorash)

After three straight singles loaded the bases in the 10th, Schneider wasted no time bouncing the first pitch he saw over the shortstop’s head, scoring Garrett Teunissen and giving the HarbourCats the series win against the NightOwls.

The HarbourCats fly to Edmonton tomorrow morning for a three-game weekend series against the Riverhawks. That is followed by a three-game series in Nanaimo from June 18 to June 20. The Cats return to Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park Friday, June 21 as they welcome the Bellingham Bells. That is the start of a 10 day stretch with eight home games! 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.

Watch the series against Edmonton HERE and the series against Nanaimo HERE

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 zach@harbourcats.com if you have any problems downloading the calendar to your device.

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NightOwls Fall Short in Game Two of the Island Battle

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NightOwls let lead slip in home loss to Island rivals

NANAIMO, B.C. — The ReMax Generation Island Cup is not going to be a romp by either side, it appears.

A day after the Nanaimo NightOwls beat the Victoria HarbourCats on their turf, the HarbourCats bused north to Nanaimo to return the favour with an 8-4 win over the host ‘Owls at historic Serauxmen Stadium.

Early runs — the HarbourCats had four runs by the time the NightOwls came to bat in the third — and a pair of runs in the seventh to provide a comfortable edge.

(boxscore link here)

Starter Adison Mattix gave up five hits and four walks in three innings, along with four runs, and Landon Welter followed with two innings and one run allowed. Li Sih-te threw three innings, giving up two runs, and Cowboy Cole Carmichael closed it off with an inning and one run.

(standings link here)

Drew Rutter, Wylie Waters and Aaron Marsh had two hits each for the NightOwls, who fall to 6-5 on the season. David Draayers had two runs batted in. Lucas Laukkanen, a local product, got into his first action with the NightOwls with a pinch-hit appearance in the eighth inning.

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The two teams finish this back-and-forth series with a school-day game on Thursday in Victoria, an 11am start. On the weekend, the NightOwls will play Friday and Saturday night, and a Sunday afternoon, game against the visiting Redmond Dudes.

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Victoria HarbourCats – HarbourCats find the hot bats in big win over NightOwls

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NANAIMO, B.C. – It was a needed win, and it was decisive.

The Victoria HarbourCats showed their offensive strength from start to finish with a 12-hit, 10-walk barrage of the Nanaimo NightOwls — leading to an 8-4 victory over the home team at Serauxmen Stadium.

A couple late runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth made the score seem closer than it was, in front of 1,786 spectators at the historic mid-Island stadium. And it squared the Alex Burns ReMax Generation Cup at a game apiece, with seven games to play between now and July 1, a Canada Day to remember in Nanaimo after a fireworks show on June 30 at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria.

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Ny’Zaiah Thompson was 3-5 with an RBI, and Lucas Ramirez scored three runs while going 1-2 with three walks, a double and a stolen base — and a sparkling catch early in the game. Catcher Cam McLeod was 2-2 with a double and an RBI, and outfielder Sky Collins drove in three runs with a 2-3 night, adding three stolen bases.

LEAGUE STANDINGS

Flynn Ridley got the win with a scoreless inning after taking over from starter Ryne Palmer’s three-inning effort as the starter in which he gave up three hits and two runs, one of them earned.

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The two teams will complete this back-and-forth series on Thursday when Mayfair Optometric Clinic School Spirit Game takes over the field at Wilson’s Group Stadium at RAP with a special 11am start. This game is sold out other than standing-room general admission tickets, which can still be purchased.

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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 zach@harbourcats.com if you have any problems downloading the calendar to your device.

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