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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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NorthPaws Introduce Jenna Forter as New GM

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Jenna Forter is the new GM of the Kamloops NorthPaws

The Kamloops NorthPaws has a new face at the helm.

Kamloops local Jenna Forter has been hired as the expansion team’s new general manager.

A graduate of Thompson Rivers University, Forter brings a wealth of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry to the NorthPaws front office. She also brings a worldwide perspective having grown up in Southeast Asia and living in Lake Louise and Revelstoke before moving to Kamloops in 2017.

“I have a passion for the Kamloops community and I truly believe in the legacy the NorthPaws want to build. I’m excited to be a part of building this expansion franchise,” says Forter.

With the announcement, Forter becomes the fifth active female GM in the West Coast League and the only active GM in the Kamloops sports community.

Forter takes the reins from interim general manager Sean Wandler who will remain with the organization.

“We’re excited to have Jenna as the next member of local, homegrown talent on our staff. Sean’s role as GM was always intended to be on an interim basis and he will still be an integral part of our team. We see this as a great addition to our staff as we work toward opening day in May,” says co-owner Jon Pankuch.

Forter joins head coach Cole Armstrong and operations manager Jamie Shinkewski as NorthPaws front office staff as the aforementioned homegrown talent.

Armstrong grew up in Surrey and spent summers with his grandparents around Heffley Lake before embarking on his career in professional baseball. He returned to BC to join the NorthPaws front office this summer after nearly two decades south of the border.

Shinkewski is a born, raised and returned Kamloopsian and has filled various roles across the Kamloops sports community.

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Victoria HarbourCats – HarbourCats Ready to Begin Ticket Exchanges for 2022 Season

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New single- game ticket sales to begin December 9th, 2021

For Immediate Release

November 29, 2021

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Victoria, BC – The Victoria HarbourCats are excited to announce that beginning Tuesday, they are now ready to start exchanging unused 2020 and 2021 tickets and 2020, 2021 and 2022 ticket vouchers for specific game tickets for the 2022 West Coast League season at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park  (SCHEDULE TO RIGHT and HERE).

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FOR FANS WHO HAVE EXISTING 2020 and 2021 TICKETS OR 2020, 2021 and 2022 VOUCHERS / FLEX-PACKS FOR EXCHANGE ONLY! 

NEW SINGLE GAME TICKET SALES WILL NOT BEGIN UNTIL DECEMBER 9th at 10:00 AM.

Ticket exchanges will begin at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, November 30th at the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street, however in order to expedite this process and to ensure we are meeting required protocols for number of people in our small office at any one time, we are asking fans to PLEASE BOOK AN APPOINTMENT to come in and do the exchange.

Fans can book appointments at go.harbourcats.com

Please note, if you booked your 2020 or 2021 tickets on-line with Select Your Tickets and received e-mailed PDF tickets, you may call them directly at 250-220-7777 to make the exchange and do not need to come into the HarbourCats office to do this.

2020/2021 actual GAME tickets MUST be exchanged at the HarbourCats office, ideally prior to the start of our 2022 season.  Such tickets will NOT be accepted at the stadium box office windows on 2022 game days.

For ticket voucher  / flex-packs exchanges, while we would prefer all  exchanges happen at the office and prior to the start of the season, we WILL accept ticket vouchers for exchange at the box office windows on 2022 game days, but, note, as we expect this to be a busy season of HarbourCats baseball, tickets for specific sections will be subject to availability on those days.

If you do not have vouchers and want to take advantage of the early exchange opportunities for 10-game flex pack holders noted above, you CAN  purchase new or additional 2022 10-game flex packs at any time.  These can be purchased at the HarbourCats office, or on-line at https://victoria-harbourcats-official.myshopify.com/products/10-game-flex-pack-general-admission

PURCHASING 2022 INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS
2022 single-game tickets will go on sale to the general public on December 9th, 2021.  These will be available at the office, or on-line via Select Your Tickets at https://harbourcats.com/tickets. If you do not have 2020/2021 tickets for exchange, or 2020, 2021 or 2022 ticket vouchers, you will have to wait until that date to purchase single-game tickets for the 2022 season.

SEASON TICKET HOLDERS
If you are a FULL season ticket holder and you have paid in full for your seats prior to the 2020 or 2021 seasons, or have recently purchased seats for the 2022 season, there is no need for you to do anything at this time.  Your seats are held for 2022, your payment has been applied and your tickets will be ready for pick-up sometime in Mid-May.  Should you wish to upgrade your seats or add seats, or if you do not have season tickets and would to purchase them, please contact chris@harbourcats.com or call the office at 778-265-0327.

Should you have any questions at all on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact Christian Stewart, Assistant GM of Ticketing and Media at 778-265-0327, or by e-mail at chris@harbourcats.com.

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2021 Commitments Re-Sign with NorthPaws

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The Kamloops NorthPaws have resigned a quartet of players and a coach who were slated to be a part of the 2021 campaign.

Players Thomas Green, Marshal Luiz, Trey Newman, Colby Ring and assistant coach Sammie Starr have all recommitted to the Tournament Capital’s expansion franchise after missing the opportunity last summer when the 2021 season was cancelled due to pandemic-related circumstances.

“I wish Kamloops could’ve seen these guys this past summer but talking with them they continue to be excited to come to Kamloops and be a part of what we’re building with the NorthPaws,” says head coach Cole Armstrong.

 

Thomas Green

The middle infielder from Courtenay, B.C. joined the NCAA Division I Oakland University Grizzlies this fall.

He played the 2021 summer season for the Amarillo Sod Squad in Texas, putting up a .250 average with 15 RBIs in 35 games.

His cousin, Taylor Green, was drafted by and played for Milwaukee Brewers and is currently working in their scouting department.

 

 

 

 

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Marshal Luiz

A left-handed hitting junior catcher at Jackson State University, Luiz grew up in Surrey and had previously learned under Armstrong’s tutelage during high school.

He posted a .259 avg, 27 walks and 23 RBIs in 26 games for a Tigers team which finished a perfect 24-0 in league play during the 2021 season before falling in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship.

“It’s pretty cool to have a West Coast League team not too far from home and be able to play competitive baseball in such a highly touted summer collegiate league. Being a B.C. guy, it’s going to be really cool to experience that and be a part of it,” Luiz said.

 

 

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Trey Newman

Trey Newman was the first player to officially sign a contract to play for the Kamloops NorthPaws, and he is again one of the first players to re-commit to the team’s delayed inaugural season.

The Arizonan catcher played his 2021 season at Utah Valley University leading the team with a .382 on-base percentage. He posted a .230 batting average and started 17 games behind the plate as a Covid freshman.

He transferred this summer to Central Arizona College, the 2021 NJCAA national championship runner-up, where he impressed through the fall.

Newman has committed to return to NCAA Division I next year with the Arizona State University Sun Devils.

 

 

Colby Ring

The crafty lefty from Langley is entering his junior season with the University of Antelope Valley Pioneers.

He will come to NorthPaws as one of the few players with prior experience in the West Coast League. He suited up for the Bellingham Bells during the 2019 season.

“I can argue the West Coast League has some of the best players in North America and it’s definitely one of the best leagues to play in during the summer,” Ring said.

 

 

 

Sammie Starr

An assistant coach at the University of British Columbia, Starr brings a wealth of knowledge to the NorthPaws staff.

Originally from Toronto, Starr played at UBC as an infielder before playing and coaching in the Baltimore Orioles minor league system where he crossed paths with Armstrong.

“As far as young coaching talent in Canada, he’s as good at it gets,” says the NorthPaws skipper.

 

 

The NorthPaws open the inaugural season on May 31 when the Edmonton Riverhawks come to Norbrock Stadium. The full regular season schedule is available online: https://www.northpawsbaseball.ca/schedule.

Reserve your seat to see the NorthPaws during the inaugural season. 10-Game Flex Plans and Season Tickets are on sale now. Visit https://tickets.northpawsbaseball.ca to join us at Norbrock Stadium next summer.

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