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Victoria HarbourCats – Tate Shimao’s big night leads the HarbourCats to an 8-4 win

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Tate Shimao reached base four times, improving his average to .458 on the season (Photo: @JustinPMorash)

June 27, 2024

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VICTORIA, B.C. – The Victoria HarbourCats made it two wins from two against the Port Angeles Lefties, winning 8-4 Thursday night.

Lefties starter Jack Joyce was struggling to find the zone and the HarbourCats took advantage to get on the board early. Joyce walked the first run in and hit three batters in the inning. Lucas Ramirez (Tennessee) drove in his second run of the season on a sacrifice fly, capping off a two-run opening frame.

Jack Finn (Illinois State) started his fourth game of the season and kept the Lefties batters in check for the first three innings. In the fourth inning, the Lefties scored two runs on an infield single with some heads-up baserunning by Jack Kleveno. That was followed by a Kosei Suzuki RBI single to put the Lefties ahead 3-2.

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Shimao celebrates his first triple of the season (Photo: @JustinPMorash)

Jack Finn completed four innings, his longest outing of the season, striking out one batter.

The HarbourCats answered right back in the bottom half of the inning. Jake Haggard (ULM) extended his hit streak to four games with an RBI single to tie the game 3-3. Tate Shimao (Hawaii) continued his hot start in a Cats uniform, giving his team a 5-3 lead with a two-run triple. Ramirez, who reached base three times in the game, made it 6-3 with an RBI single.

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Sky Collins went 2-5 with an RBI single in the fifth to make it 7-3, improving his average to .308 on the season.

Shimao got the fans on their feet in the sixth, hitting a home run over the left field fence extending the lead to 8-3. The second baseman drove in four runs and now has nine RBI’s in seven games.

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It was all smiles in the HarbourCats dugout tonight as they put up 11 hits (Photo: @JustinPMorash)

Cade Rusch (IUS) and Logan MacNiel (Campbellsville) pitched a scoreless inning each in relief. Dustin Davidson (Brookhaven) made his fifth appearance of the season, giving up one run.

Jake Finkelstein (Montana State) came into the game in the seventh inning and closed the game out from there recording the last eight outs. The lefty gave up zero runs on zero hits, striking out two.

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Ny’Zaiah Thompson (Cal State Fullerton) extended his on-base streak to 22 games with a single and also made a trademark diving catch in the fifth inning.

Tomorrow’s 6:35 PM game against the Lefties is Taylor Swift night! The winner of the Taylor Swift concert tickets will be announced at the game, thanks to Maxxam Insurance! Don’t miss your last chance to win! 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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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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