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Victoria HarbourCats – NightOwls take advantage of HarbourCats errors, win 7-4

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Manny and Juliana Ramirez threw out the ceremonial first pitch to their sons Manny Jr. and Lucas (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

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VICTORIA, B.C. – The Nanaimo NightOwls win the first of nine games this season against the Victoria HarbourCats, coming from behind to win 7-4.

The HarbourCats jumped on NightOwls starter Nathan Buchan early, loading the bases in the second inning. It was a dropped third strike with two outs that brought the first run of the game home for the Cats.

After loading the bases again in the third inning, designated hitter Aric Anderson (Rice University) hit a rocket off the glove of the NightOwls first baseman to drive in two runs, making it 3-0.

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HarbourCats pitcher Ryne Palmer joins the pregame challenger baseball action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

HarbourCats right-hander Shea Lake (Hawaii Pacific) was in control early. He retired the first 10 batters to start the game before getting into trouble in the fourth. Four straight hits followed and it was a tie ballgame 3-3. It was a similar story for Lake in his first outing of the season in Kelowna, where he pitched three scoreless innings before giving up three runs in the fourth. The native of Temecula, California finished today’s contest giving up three runs in four innings, striking out four.

Second-year HarbourCat Jake Finkelstein (Montana State) pitched two scoreless innings in relief, striking out three and escaping a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.

Brooks Brewster (Panola College) gave up a home run to the first batter he faced in the seventh, centre fielder Deshon Thomas, to give the Owls their first lead. Brewster bounced back to get out of the inning, striking out two.

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The lead did not last long as Camden Sos (TCU) extended his hit streak to six games with an RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh, tying up the game 4-4.

The NightOwls took advantage of a costly Tyrus Hall (Bossier Parrish) error to break the game wide open in the eighth inning. With two outs, what should have been an inning-ending play, Hall threw wide of his first baseman and allowed a run to score. The next pitch was a two-run single and the score was 7-4 Owls just like that.

Shea Lake started his second game of the season (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

HarbourCats 2023 Pitcher-of-the-Year Logan MacNiel made his season debut, striking out one batter. Kade Douglas (CSU Pueblo) pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out two.

Ryan Inouye closed out the game for the NightOwls in the ninth to give his team the victory.

The series continues tomorrow night in Nanaimo before returning to Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park on Thursday, June 13. Thursday is Mayfair Optometric’s annual School Spirit Day which will see over 3000 students from over 20 local schools attend the game. The first pitch is at 11:00 AM. This game is sold out other than standing-room general admission tickets, which can still be purchased.

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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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