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Victoria HarbourCats – HarbourCats unveil 2023 season schedule

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For Immediate Release

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 – Two key returnees among three Canadians signed for 2024

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Green (above), Hall and former Canadian junior team star Chee-Aloy join Cats

September 20, 2023

VICTORIA, B.C. — The reloading of the 2023 North Division champion Victoria HarbourCats has started — not surprisingly, given the team’s history of finding local and Canadian talent — with three players who have maple leaf passports.

Returning infielders Brandon Green of the Victoria Golden Tide and Tyrus Hall of Bossier Parrish JC are joined by prized Illinois recruit Cameron Chee-Aloy of Toronto as the HarbourCats, who have posted just one sub-.500 record since 2014 and have made the playoffs in five of the last six seasons, get ready for the 2024 campaign.

Hall, primarily a shortstop, is a Victoria product who came through the Eagles program, while Green, who can play any infield position, is in his third year with the Golden Tide, hailing from Olds, Alberta. Both played with the HarbourCats in 2023, part of the team that set a WCL record with 25 home wins in 27 home regular season games — 27-2 counting playoffs.

HarbourCats infielder Ty Hall will return to the HarbourCats in 2024 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

“Ty Hall has tremendous potential and a pro-level arm, with blazing speed — and we saw so much improvement with him under WCL coach of the year Todd Haney,” said Jim Swanson of the HarbourCats. “He will get better yet in college and being back with us next summer. And Brandon, he was one of the great stories of our season, unceremoniously dumped before the season by a summer team in another league in Alberta and given a chance to stay in Victoria at the WCL level, and all he did was earn the trust of Todd and the staff. He had the summer of his life, and he’s not done.”

Green became the first product of the third year Golden Tide program to have a notable impact on the WCL club, part of the mandate of the CCBC entry.

In 24 games, Green had two doubles, two home runs and drove in 10 runs, batting .222 and earning stretches of time at second base, with just one error. Hall got into 26 games, his speed of great value off the bench, and hit .250 with 13 stolen bases — caught just once. Hall was a featured part of a league record 150 stolen bases as a team.

Chee-Aloy (pictured right), a product of the Ontario Terriers, is best described as a plus-speed outfielder who plays the game hard, getting the most out of his 6-0/180 pound frame. The right-handed hitter with a right fielder’s arm had two stints with Team Canada, where he was teammates with Hall.

“We are exited to add Cameron to the 2024 team,” said Head Coach Todd Haney. “His speed will be an asset both offensively and defensively.”

The HarbourCats 2024 schedule in anticipated to be released in late October or early November 2023.  Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for news on that once it becomes available.

Season tickets are now on sale and can now be renewed for the 2024 season of HarbourCats baseball!  Lock in and renew your existing seats, or purchase new seats by October 31, 2023 to guarantee Early Bird Pricing at the 2023 rates:

  • General Admission – $375 ($385 after October 31)
  • Premium Reserved (Sections 6-9 and 11-12) – $475 ($495 after October 31)
  • Grandstand Reserved (Section 10 Rows E and up) – $525 ($550 after October 31)
  • Campbell Real Estate Club Seats (Section 10 Rows A-D) – $675 ($700 after October 31)
  • Diamond Club Field Level – $750 (WAIT LIST – CALL FOR AVAILABILITY) ($775 after October 31)

Season tickets offer the best per-game value per seat and come with the following benefits:

  • Includes all regular season WCL league home games, and all pre-season and exhibition games
  • Incudes FREE PLAYOFF TICKETS
  • Season ticket holders get first right of refusal to purchase tickets for other special events (eg. concerts)
  • Season-ticket holders do not pay additional Fireworks Game pricing
  • Service fees and all taxes included in above prices

Please call the office at 778-265-0327 or e-mail chris@harbourcats.com to renew, or to purchase new seats.

You can also stop into the office to take care of this at 101-1814 Vancouver Street.  We are open in the off-season Tuesday – Friday from 10AM to 5PM.

Cats merchandise is also on sale now at the office at The Cat Shop, or online at https://victoria-harbourcats-official.myshopify.com/

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2023 Fan Experience Survey – Kamloops NorthPaws

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The Kamloops NorthPaws wanted to thank our fans for another great season at Norbrock Stadium – THANK YOU ‘PAWS FANS!!!

The organization is looking to fans to share their experiences in order to make improvements for 2024. Fans who choose to include their email will be entered into a draw for a 2024 10-game flex plan, the winner will be contacted on October 6, 2023. All anonymous users will not be entered into the draw. The NorthPaws thank you for your reviews and support of our team, we look forward to improving our operations and welcoming you back to the ballpark in 2024!

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https://forms.gle/YBfFHvp6eDyRuoUR6

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Top player in 2023 returns for third season as a NightOwl

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Marsh the first NightOwls’ signing for 2024 WCL season

An original NightOwl is coming back for a third season at historic Serauxmen Stadium.
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Infielder Aaron Marsh of the UBC Thunderbirds, who shared the 2023 player of the year award with keystone partner Elijah Ickes, will be the key offensive piece that Head Coach Greg Frady will build his lineup around in the summer of 2024.
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The Nanaimo product, a former Pirate, has been the picture of consistency for the NightOwls for the team’s first two seasons in the West Coast League. In 2022, Marsh batted .309 and was among team leaders with 38 hits and 20 runs driven in, and followed that up in 2023 with 39 more hits, 24 RBIs, and batting .287 while playing both second and third. He hit two home runs both seasons.

“Aaron is a tough out, gives the team gritty at-bats and is so reliable on defence,” said Jim Swanson, GM of the NightOwls. “He brings so many intangibles to UBC and to the NightOwls, is a leader and you can tell he loves to play the game, and loves to play in front of our great crowds in Nanaimo, in front of people who watched him grow up in our city. He’s the ideal player to have as our first signing for the 2024 season.”

A left-handed hitter with extra-base power, a valuable asset with the exciting fence configuration at Serauxmen Stadium, the 5-10/185 Marsh has played 73 games as a NightOwl, so will be looking to become the first player to play in 100 games for Nanaimo’s young WCL franchise.
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“Recruiting is very much underway, between myself and the coaching staff, looking to build a team that can get us to the playoffs and be the first Canadian team to win the WCL title,” said Swanson. “Our 2023 team played everyone hard, one game below .500 — and known for being scrappy and playing the game the right way, with the right approach of effort and sportsmanship. We are building future pro players here, we are also building young men who will be successful in whatever they advance to in life. Aaron is definitely one of those people.”
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Season tickets are now on sale for the 2024 campaign — renewals and new fans, the best seats at the park available for as low as $400 for the season (roughly $12.50 per seat per game). Included in season tickets are gratis playoff tickets, with the NightOwls in the hunt for a post-season spot until the final week in both of the team’s initial seasons.
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“If you haven’t yet made it to a game — you’re missing out on a great spot and a special energy that only Serauxmen creates,” said Swanson.
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For information on season tickets, email tina@nanaimonightowls.com
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Team merchandise is also in hot demand, find the shop site at nanaimonightowls.com for a variety of offerings from hats to hoodies to shirts and miscellaneous items.

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