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Victoria HarbourCats – Local talent added to HarbourCats for 2023 season

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Victoria Golden Tide shortstop Brandon Green (5)  highlights list of six local players announced today for the HarbourCats 2023 roster. 

May 17, 2023

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VICTORIA, B.C. — The addition of local players who can contribute is a key part to contending as a West Coast League team and the latest confirmed signings by the Victoria HarbourCats is intended to do just that.

Three members of the CCBC’s Victoria Golden Tide, another from TRU in the CCBC, and two players developing stateside highlight the latest group, adding depth:

  • IF/RHP Brandon Green, Victoria Golden Tide CCBC (Sundre, Alta.)
  • RHP Darius Opdam Bak, Victoria Golden Tide CCBC (White Rock, BC)
  • RHP Tristan Bolger, Victoria Golden Tide CCBC (Victoria)
  • RHP Sam Jordan, TRU Wolfpack (Victoria)
  • OF Kai Gray, Trinidad State (Victoria)
  • OF Rei Kimura, College of Idaho (Victoria, international student from Japan)

Green is the starting shortstop and leadoff hitter for the Tide, who have come on strong in the second half of the CCBC season, while Bolger, who saw some time with the HarbourCats in 2022, is showing promise as he transitions to full-time pitching duties under Head Coach Ethan Fox. Opdam Bak has earned opportunities as the Golden Tide closer in the second half of the season.

Golden Tide pitcher Tristan Bolger, a 2022 HarbourCat, returns in 2023 to provide support out of the bullpen (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Jordan is 5-1 in five starts with 36 strikeouts in 34 innings for TRU, graduating from the Victoria Eagles program. Kimura, a first-year player at College of Idaho, is a former Lambrick Park High School student who played PBL in Victoria, a Japanese exchange student who fell in love with the B.C. capital.

Gray, an ex-Eagle, is tearing it up at Trinidad State in Colorado, hitting .338 with 17 doubles and 11 home runs.

“We’re proud of the opportunities we’ve given to so many local players since 2013, and these guys add to others such as Ryder Green, Dawson Hurford, Owen Luchies and Ty Hall as island products who get to prove they can contribute for Todd Haney’s 2023 team,” said GM Christian Stewart.

SEE FULL 2023 (ANNOUNCED) ROSTER HERE

RHP Noah Takacs of Sacramento State, previously announced, won’t be joining the team due to an injury, and RHP/IF Brady Wilson of the Victoria Golden Tide has been released to play in the WCBL.

The HarbourCats celebrate their 10th Anniversary in 2023 and the season kicks off with the home opener against the Kamloops NorthPaws on Friday June 2, 2023.  Single game tickets for that game, all four fireworks nights, and the remainder of our 31 HarbourCats home games in 2023 are now on sale and can be purchased on-line through our one-and-only ticketing partner, Select Your Tickets, at harbourcats.com/tickets.  They can also be purchased at the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street, or at the Select Your Tickets box office at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.  Fans can also call 778-265-0327 to order over the phone.

2023 Season tickets and 10-game flex packs are also now on sale.  For details on all ticketing options, including our special $10.00 Tuesdays, Forces Fridays and Save-on-Food Vouchers, please visit harbourcats.com/ticketinfo.

HOST FAMILIES!  The HarbourCats are in need of host families for 2023!  If you are interested, you can find more details HERE, or contact Cindy Kent, our Host Family Coordinator by e-mail at hostfamily@harbourcats.com.

 

 

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Victoria HarbourCats – School Spirit Day Returns for 2024!

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The best school field trip of the  year is back again thanks to Mayfair Optometric Clinic and the HarbourCats.

February 23, 2024

Victoria, BC – The best school field trip in the City is back again and the Victoria HarbourCats and our friends at Mayfair Optometric Clinic would like to invite all elementary, middle and high schools in Greater Victoria to come and have some fun again and join us at the ballpark for our seventh annual School Spirit Game!

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2024 – 11:00 AM, vs. NANAIMO NIGHTOWLS

The response to this event is always incredible, with nearly 3,000 plus students and teachers taking part each season.  In fact our 2022 and 2023 games were the highest attended games during those seasons!

“This year will be no different,” says HarbourCats General Manager Christian Stewart.  “I already have about 1500 students and teachers that have contacted me to book, once they saw the game on our schedule last November!  So if you are planning to come to the game,  don’t hesitate to reserve your space as soon as possible, as numbers will be limited.”

The HarbourCats School Spirit Game is a fun, low-cost attendance option for a great June field trip, for classrooms or for the entire school!   Just $7.00 per attendee, and like last year, the start time for the game is 11:00am to allow students and faculty to enjoy more of the game.

“Dr. Taylor and Mayfair Optometric Clinic are proud participants in School Spirit Day,” said Mary Lou Newbold, CEO of the company.   “As much as 80% of a child’s learning is through vision.  Working with the HarbourCats and School Spirit Day is a great way to remind parents and teachers of the importance of kids getting annual eye exams.  It’s a really fun day for everyone and we LOOK forward to this game every year!”

To book your tickets or for more information, please contact Christian J. Stewart, General Manager, by email: chris@harbourcats.com or phone:  Office: (778) 265-0327

The Victoria HarbourCats have also partnered again with Wilson’s Transportation to offer discounted rates on booking a bus for your students to get to and from the game at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park, should you require it.  For 2024, Wilson’s will be offering schools the following rates:

56 Passenger School Bus = $267.50 + 5% GST per transfer; $561.75 roundtrip.  If the group has a full bus, the per person cost works out to $5.02 each way ($10.03 roundtrip)

48 Passenger School Bus = $242.50 + 5% GST per transfer; $509.25 roundtrip.  If the group has a full bus, the per person cost works out to $5.30 each way ($10.61 roundtrip)

24 Passenger School Bus = $187.50 + 5% GST per transfer; $393.75 roundtrip.  If the group has a full bus, the per person cost works out to $8.20 each way ($16.41 roundtrip)

Note that ALL bookings are subject to availability while supplies last, and the above “per person” rates are based on full buses. Buses book up fast, so once your ticket order is in place with us, be sure to contact the Sales staff at Wilson’s (sales@wilsonstransportation.com) to confirm your booking in plenty of time, as all bookings with Wilson’s must be confirmed no later than May 31st, 2024.

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NorthPaws Upping Entertainment In 2024 West Coast League Season

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KAMLOOPS, BC—With the weather getting better, it’s time to get excited about the 2024 edition of the Kamloops North Paws baseball team.  The third year West Coast League club has unveiled its schedule for the coming year.

The 57-game season includes 31 at home.  The NorthPaws have non-league games against Kamloops Minor Baseball, the Kelowna Falcons and Coquitlam Angels.

The NorthPaws home opener will be Friday May 31st at Dearborn Ford Field at Norbrock Stadium. For the second straight season, the Paws will open against the Victoria HarbourCats.

 “We are extremely excited for the upcoming season,” states North Paws General Manager Jenna Forter. “Our coaching staff have been hard at work recruiting some great players from across North America and Europe. Although we have several new faces, we have some returning local Kamloops players that we are excited to have on the team. Jose, TC and Riley have all been well received by the players and the community.  The coaches and our organization are planning on a strong comeback in 2024.”

She adds: “Our schedule includes 31 home games, with a pre-season exhibition game vs the RiverDogs on May 29th at 6:35 pm at Dearborn Ford Field at Norbrock Stadium, these additional games include seven weekend series and some great theme nights that we are thrilled to announce with our schedule.”

Game times for 2024 will be 6:35 PM for most nights. Sunday games will have 2:05 pm opening pitch.

Again, this coming season, the NorthPaws will have several theme nights. These include Father’s Day, Homer’s Birthday, Canada Day, Family Appreciation night and new this year: “School Spirit Day”.

“School Spirit Day” will be Thursday June 6th where the Paws will tangle with the Bellingham Bells. It will be an 11:30 AM start time. There will be free tickets for students and faculty along with an affordable healthy lunch option.

 Says Forter: “The NorthPaws have been occupied in entertainment planning during our off-season and I am happy to share that we have some big theme nights and promotions coming in 2024.  We are excited to announce pre-game entertainment, merchandise promotions and major giveaways to kick off our season.  Other notable theme nights include our School Spirit Day on June 6 when the NorthPaws invite classes from the schools in Kamloops and surrounding areas for a memorable and educational field trip to our park, Homer’s Birthday – Bark at the Park– sponsored by Bosley’s Valleyview on Friday June 21st.

Forter says, “To celebrate Homer’s Birthday with his furry friends, we are inviting fans to bring their pups for a night of baseball and supporting the BCSPCA.”

Other special events this year include a Pre-Canada Day Weekend Celebration with entertainment and prizes, along with the return of ‘Save On Foods Family Day. Forter adds, “We are introducing Throwback Tuesdays by Molson Coors – the events will feature ticket specials, beer batter drink prices all night and hot dog specials.”

“As we have a huge focus on community engagement this season, “she adds. “We are delighted to also announce that the NorthPaws will be hosting an MLB Pitch, Hit and Run event on July 17th. This MLB event is an exciting addition to our promotions line up and will allow participants aged 7-14 to compete in a free competition to show off their baseball skills and get one-on-one time with our coaching staff and players. Participants with the highest scores will have the chance to move onto the National competition and the finals hosted by one of the Major League Teams – this is one of the community events we are most excited to offer Kamloops in 2024.”

The NorthPaws are making a concerted effort to make their fans happy both on the field and in the stands, but also in the pocketbook.“Our fans are exceptionally loyal, we are extremely grateful for them especially after the challenging 2023 season – it’s something that is not only recognized by our organization, but throughout the West Coast League.” The NorthPaws GM states. “ We are planning on bringing more value to our fans through the introduction of youth and seniors passes, and promotions throughout the season including Fan Appreciation Night to thank them for their devotion for the past two seasons.”

For information on sponsorship, the schedule, and seasons tickets: visit the Kamloops NorthPaws website: www.northpawsbaseball.ca

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact:  Jenna Forter

                                                                              NorthPaws General Manager

                                                                              Jforter@northpawsbaseball.ca

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Victoria HarbourCats – 2024 March Break Kids Camps Now Open for Registration

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The Victoria HarbourCats Youth Development Program is pleased to announce that registration is now open for 2024 March Break Camps over the weeks of March 18-22  and 25-29.

All camps are half-day camps and split into two distinct age groups….8-10 year olds (from 9AM to 12 NOON) and 11-15 year olds (12:30pm to 3:30pm) as noted below.

Camps are designed primarily for for existing youth players who are keen to improve their baseball skills with some extra training before their spring seasons begin.

All Camps take place INDOORS at the Edwards Family Training Centre – HarbourCats Indoor Facility, 1821 Cook Street.

Registration is available through the HarbourCats online store, “The Cat Shop” BY CLICKING HERE:

NOTE:  If you are a previous PLAYERS CLUB member that has prepaid for any 2024 camp and wants to be in these camps, please do not use the registration link, but instead, you MUST CONTACT chris@harbourcats.com to reserve your spot. All spots are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. 

MARCH BREAK CAMP DETAILS:

2024 HarbourCats SPRING BREAK CAMPS – March 2024

Camp Dates: March 18-22 and March 25-29

ALL CAMPS APPROPRIATE FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AGES 8-15. 

PLEASE BE SURE TO REGISTER FOR THE APPROPRIATE AGE GROUP and if wanting BOTH weeks, to select both for purchase separately. SLOTS ARE LIMITED TO 15 players per group.

AGES 8-10, HALF DAY 9am to 12 Noon (WEEK 1 March 18-22) $200.00
AGES 8-10, HALF DAY 9am to 12 Noon (WEEK 2 March 25-29) $200.00
AGES 10-15, HALF DAY 12:30pm to 3:30pm (WEEK 1 March 18-22) $200.00
AGES 10-15, HALF DAY 12:30pm to 3:30pm (WEEK 2 March 25-29) $200.00

All camps will be run by Victoria Golden Tide Baseball players and coaches.

For anything custom like missing days, these can be prorated accordingly. In this case, please call the office at 778-265-0327 to register and ask for Christian.

 

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