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Victoria HarbourCats – Major events coming in 2023  thanks to Peninsula Co-op

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Slo-pitch returns to RAP, and kids free weekend!

For immediate release

Tuesday, March 28

VICTORIA, B.C. – Anyone who knows Peninsula Co-op knows they are all about community. Same goes for the Victoria HarbourCats – which is why a few events this summer should get everyone’s attention.

First, The Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park will welcome back top slo-pitch teams for two great events – to a facility that was a staple for local leagues until the early 2000s. A special evening with the Greater Victoria Mixed Slo-Pitch Association (GVMSA) on Wednesday, May 31 will feature two games, starting at 6:35pm, with the teams and players treated like HarbourCats for a night, with full game production, food options, and more. Tickets for this event are just $10.00 for all seating areas and can be purchased on-line HERE, or available at the gate. Tickets are included for all HarbouCats season ticket holders.

Then, on Monday, June 5, in the half-hour leading up to the HarbourCats game vs. the Walla Walla Sweets (tickets available here), the top bashers in the GVMSA will showcase their power in a home run derby – both these events sponsored by Peninsula Co-op and PenCo Liquor.

Then, a great weekend for the kids – all kids aged 12 and under are admitted FREE for the series July 21, 22 and 23, featuring the Coquitlam Angels, and all Peninsula Co-op members can gain entry for just $10, with further Co-op member (JOIN HERE!) discounts at the merchandise tent.

Peninsula Co-op also brings back the oh-so-fun annual Special Olympics game, set for Thursday, July 13, with the Special O players showing their talents on the field before the HarbourCats take on the Port Angeles Lefties. (tickets available here)

“We have a lot of fun working with our partners to come up with great ways to involve the community, and that’s definitely the case with Peninsula Co-op,” said HarbourCats GM Christian Stewart. “It’s great to be aligned with them on ways to engage people and bring the community together.”

The Kids Free Weekend is just one of many family affordable ways that fans and families can take in a HarbourCats game this season. Also back for 2023 are “$10 Tuesdays”, where all general admission and premium reserved seats are available for just ten dollars!  Our $11 Save on Food General Admission vouchers are also back, as is our ever popular Forces Fridays, where Military and first responder families can get general admission tickets for just $7.50.  Click HERE for details on all these promotions and more!

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.

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.

ATTENTION 2022 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS!  If you have not yet renewed and paid in full for your seats for the 2023 season, they have now been released and are now available for sale to the general public.  Chances are good that they are still available, so if you would like to renew, contact chris@harbourcats.com or call 778-265-0327 ASAP to have the best chance to grab the same seats as last year.

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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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