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Victoria HarbourCats – Pirates invade Victoria for pair against Golden Tide

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart

October 16, 2021, Victoria, BC – The Victoria Golden Tide entertained the Mid-Island Pirates on a beautiful fall day Saturday afternoon, with the teams splitting a doubleheader at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park.

Victoria’s Jaxson Cordle hustles to first against the Pirates on Saturday.

In game one, the Pirates would score four runs in each of the second and third innings and then four more in the sixth to cruise to an easy 14-3 win over the Golden Tide.

Victoria catcher Andrew Baxter readies himself for a pitch in game one against the Pirates Saturday.

Nick Robinson was solid on the mound for the Pirates, holding the Tide to just one run and one hit in his four innings of work.  He would be supported by an offence that had five different players that scored two runs each.

Mid-Island’s Nick Robinson was solid over four innings in the Pirates 14-3 win over Victoria Saturday in game one.

Austin Wall heads to first after getting a base hit in game one Saturday.

Witt Nevins would be the offensive catalyst for the Golden Tide, with a pair of singles and two runs scored. Daniel Sawchyn would also walk twice and score the other Victoria run.

Victoria’s Witt Nevins gets caught in no man’s land as he was tagged out on this play at third Saturday.

Thomas Plant would have a first inning base hit in game two Saturday.

In game two, Victoria would rebound, having their own four-run inning in the bottom of the third and going on to a 6-2 win. The big hit in the third was a RBI triple from Brody Alexandre, his second of three hits on the day.  He would also score twice.

Victoria’s Jackson Leatherman delivers a pitch against the Pirates in game one Saturday.

The Tide’s Brody Alexandre would have three hits, including an RBI triple, and score two runs in the 6-2 win against the Pirates in game two Saturday.

Daniel Sawchyn would also be a spark in the leadoff spot having a walk, single and pair of runs scored.

Wyatt Mohr-Royer got the start in game two and would give up a pair of Pirate runs in the second on two hits, but some solid shutout relief work from Jayden Puri and Ethan Dean over the final five innings would keep the Pirates off the board the rest of the way and preserve the Golden tide win.

Jayden Puri was perfect in his two innings of relief in game two Saturday.

Mid-Island side-armer Jackson Marriot delivers a pitch against the Golden Tide Saturday.

Next up for the Golden Tide are the UBC Thunderbirds, Canada’s top college baseball program, who weather permitting, will stroll into Victoira on Sunday for a pair of nine-inning games.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm. Tickets are $5.00 and $10.00 and are available at the gate.  The streaming broadcast is also available for purchase for $7.50 and can be found at https://tinyurl.com/3kafv83r

Tide third baseman Ryder Green makes a play Saturday.

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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.

BOX SCORE

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.

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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.

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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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