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Victoria HarbourCats – Zack Downey Day 2: Golden Tide Remain Undefeated



Tide play 2-0 Victoria Eagles Saturday morning to decide top seed in tournament

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart

September 10, 2021, Victoria, BC – After Day 2 of the Zack Downey Memorial Baseball Tournament at Layritz Park in Victoria, both the Victoria Eagles and the Victoria Golden Tide remain undefeated with perfect 2-0 records after winning their round robin games Friday.

The teams will now face each other Saturday morning at 9:30 am in a game that will decide the top seed for the tournament heading into Sunday’s semi-final games.

The Golden Tide’s Brandon Green had a triple, two singles, a walk, RBI and run scored to lead the Tide offence to their 8-1 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The Eagles began the day with a tidy 5-1 win over the Parksville Royals, getting a jump early as a two-RBI triple from Jai Berezowski in the first inning gave them an early lead. They would add two more runs in the third and another in the fourth to put the game away.

Damian Cataldo led the way with a walk, base hit and two runs scored to pace the offence, while Oliver Mabee had an RBI and a run scored. Quin Valley and Noah Couch scored the other runs for the Eagles.

Nick Lee got the start for the Golden Tide against Saskatchewan (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Jacob Thompson got the start for the Eagles and he was solid through four innings. Wyatt MacDonald also saw work in relief.

The Golden Tide kept their record clean with an 8-1 win over the visiting Saskatchewan Grizzlies High Performance team.

Brandon Green was the sparkplug for the Tide, with a pair of singles, a triple, walk, RBI and two runs scored. Chase Thomson also had a pair of hits, an RBI and run scored, while Andrew Baxter walked twice, reached on an error and scored.

Tide shortstop Brandon Green shadows a Saskatchewan baserunner (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The Tide opened the scoring in the second, taking advantage of an error and then an RBI double from Jackson Cordle that the Grizzly outfielder lost in the sun. Cordle then scored on an RBI single from Green.

The Tide’s Colton O’Brien slides safely into second during the game against the Grizzlies (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

They would add two more in the third on RBI singles from Thomson and Colton O’Brien, and then put the game away with three more in the fourth and another in the fifth.

Chase Thomson (right) is congratulated by Brandon Green left) after scoring in the third inning Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Nick Lee got the start on the hill for the Tide and after a shaky first inning, he re-grouped to strikeout three of the last four batters he faced in his two innings of work. Tristian Seitz and Brett Patterson also pitched two innings of relief each for the Tide.

Tide reliever Tristan Seitz delivers a pitch against Saskatchewan (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

In other games Friday, the Parksville Royals (1-1) handed the Mid-Island Pirates their second loss of the tournament, winning 2-0, while the Victoria Mariners 0-2) dropped a 4-3 decision to the Saskatchewan Grizzlies (1-1) in the final game of the day.

The Tide’s Chase Thomson had a pair of hits against Saskatchewan (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

On Saturday, the Eagles and Golden Tide game starts the day off at 9:30am. Saskatchewan then plays Parksville at 12 Noon and the Mariners will play the Mid-Island Pirates at 2:30 pm. Then at 5:00 pm, the 5th place finishing team will play the 6th place finishing game in the consolation game of the tournament.

Golden Tide reliever Brett Patterson delivers a pitch against Saskatchewan (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

On Sunday, 2nd place seed will play the 3rd place seed in the first semi-final at 10:00 am, while the 1st place seed will match up against the 4th place seed at 12:30 pm. The winners of those games will meet in the final scheduled for 3:00 pm.

The Tide’s Dexter Stoiber makes a nice catch of a sinking line drive late in Saturday’s game against Saskatchewan (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

All photos from the Zack Downey Tournament by photographer Christian J. Stewart will eventually be posted following the tournament at


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NightOwls Split Double-Dip in Edmonchuck



EDMONTON, Alta. — Less smoke, more offense.

The Nanaimo NightOwls, seemingly stranded on the road toward the end a six-game road trip that started with a sweep of three games in Kamloops, ended the game action portion with a 12-1 thumping of the Edmonton Riverhawks on Wednesday night.

The NightOwls, smoked out from the planned Tuesday game — and our hearts go out to those affected by the tragic wildfire in Jasper — went an impressive 4-2 on the trip.

The first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader was a 7-1 Edmonton win, spurred by a four-run second inning. Starter Joshua Torres took the loss, while Sammy Kahler was 2-3 as part of a combined team effort of eight hits.

In the second game, Deshon Thomas was 3-4 with four runs driven in to pace the offense. The NightOwls scored seven runs in the second inning then piled on with three in the fifth and two in the sixth, bashing 10 hits and adding seven walks to set the stage for all the runs.

Noah Hata and Drew Rutter drove in two runs each, and Mitchell Middlemiss was 2-4 with three runs. Hsu He-Chieh was 2-3 with two runs scored.


Game 1 Boxscore Game 2 Boxscore


Jacob Fleury of Skagit Valley was stellar on the mound, giving up five hits and one run in five innings and improving to 3-2 on the season. Paul Montgomery and Issac Araiza pitched an inning each in relief. Araiza struck out two in the final inning for the punctuation.




The NightOwls are now 20-22 overall and 8-7 in the second half, very much in the playoff hunt for both the second half crown or one of two wildcard playoff spots in the North Division.


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The next home action for the NightOwls, after a Thursday off day, is hosting the Bellingham Bells at historic Serauxmen Stadium for a Friday-Saturday-Sunday series. Every game counts with how tight the standings are for playoff positions with three spots from the North still to be determined.




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Victoria HarbourCats – HarbourCats end road trip with sweep of Lefties



July 24, 2024

For immediate release

PORT ANGELES, WA – Michael Crossland stayed hot increasing his hit streak to five games with a three-hit night, leading the Victoria HarbourCats to a 6-3 win against the Port Angeles Lefties.

Shea Lake started his fourth game of the season and was impressive, pitching into the fifth inning for the first time. The Hawaii Pacific right-hander went 4-1/3 innings giving up two unearned runs on one hit, while striking out three.


Lake received run support early through RBI singles from Tyrus Hall and Ny’Zaiah Thompson in the second inning to give the Cats a 2-0 lead. With that base knock, Hall increased his hit streak to six games

Crossland’s second double of the evening drove home a run in the fourth inning to make it 3-0. Gunner Antillon followed that up with a single to score Crossland giving Victoria a commanding 4-0 lead. The second baseman had two hits to increase his season average to .308 and add to his on-base streak of 20 games.


Nick Frers gave up one unearned run while pitching 1-2/3 innings, striking out one.

Crossland’s third hit of the game was a sixth-inning RBI single which made it 5-3 HarbourCats. Victoria added an insurance run in the ninth with Michelle Artzberger getting in on the action, hitting a two-out double to give his team a 6-3 lead. The first baseman now has a .408 batting average in 18 games.


Garrett Villa recorded the save pitching the final three innings striking out a season-high five batters while giving up three hits and zero runs.

The sweep of the Lefties means the Cats are back to .500 on the season with a 21-21 record. In the second-half standings, they sit two and a half games back of the Wenatchee AppleSox for the North Division lead.


The HarbourCats now return home on Friday, July 26 at 6:35 pm to begin a three-game series against the Kamloops North Paws. That game kicks off “Kids Free Weekend” where all kids 12 and under get in free thanks to Peninsula Co-op. Simply come to the gate on any of the three game days, or get your tickets for these games in advance at the HarbourCats office. The Kids Free option is NOT available online.

REMINDER: If you have HarbourCats ticket vouchers of any kind, 10-game flex packs, or season ticket equivalent vouchers, just a reminder that all vouchers must be used for any of our remaining nine home games. Should we make playoffs, vouchers are not eligible for any games no matter where they are played. You can exchange your vouchers in advance for game tickets at the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street.


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NightOwls Lose a Tough One in Edmonton



EDMONTON, Alta. — One more strike was all that was needed.

The Nanaimo NightOwls, fresh off an impressive sweep of a road series in Kamloops, were one pitch away from a fourth straight win on Monday night in Edmonton, but a clutch two-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored two runs to give the host Riverhawks a 5-4 win in West Coast League action.

The NightOwls are now 19-21 on the season and 7-6 in the second half, within grasp of top spot in the North Division lead for snaring home field advantage in the playoffs.




The NightOwls scored two runs in the first and sixth innings and the pitching was strong, from starter Moosa Nonomiya to relievers Tahj Orona, Kai Hanasaki, Grant Jakobson and Ryan Inouye, who was within that one pitch of another save.

Second baseman Hsu He-Chieh had two hits, a run and an RBI, and Wylie Waters had a first-inning double to lead the NightOwls on offence. Waters drove in his 34th run of the season.




The NightOwls were outhit 13-8 in warm, hazy conditions. In a rarity in today’s game, there were just four strikeouts total, three of them at the expense of Nanaimo batters.


NightOwls TV WCL Pixellot


The NightOwls are in Edmonton for a Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday battle with the Riverhawks, one of the teams Nanaimo will want to get ahead of in the very tight North Division standings.

Right-hander Joshua Torres will start the Tuesday game for Nanaimo, with Jacob Fleury slated for Wednesday night.

The next home action for the NightOwls, after a Thursday off day, is hosting the Bellingham Bells at historic Serauxmen Stadium for a Friday-Saturday-Sunday series. Every game counts with how tight the standings are for playoff positions with three spots from the North still to be determined.



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