Jump to content



Victoria HarbourCats - Collegiate league at Royal Athletic Park

  • Please log in to reply
568 replies to this topic

#561 VicHockeyFan

  • Member
  • 51,354 posts

Posted 24 November 2017 - 07:47 PM

The HarbourCats will announce a Victoria hotstove event shortly that will likely feature Kelly Gruber and Gregg Zaun in early 2018.





Edited by VicHockeyFan, 24 November 2017 - 07:49 PM.

  • G-Man likes this

"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" - zoomer, April 17, 2018

#562 VicHockeyFan

  • Member
  • 51,354 posts

Posted 29 November 2017 - 02:18 PM

**Just announced on CFAX 1070AM with Joe Perkins, news unveiled by Brad Norris-Jones, Tess Sawkins and Andre Lachance

HarbourCats re-sign Eccles, Lopez
Two key parts of 2017 team returning to Victoria for second season
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 29, 2017

VICTORIA B.C. – Two of the more dynamic and memorable players from the fifth season of Victoria HarbourCats baseball are returning for another season.

Left-handed pitcher Claire Eccles, who became the first female to play in the West Coast League, and switch-hitting versatile outfielder Ethan Lopez have signed to play in Victoria for the 2018 campaign. Eccles, the ace of the Canadian women’s national team, and Lopez, a junior at the University of Hawaii, were both fan favourites and key parts that helped the team bond so closely and go on a run that nearly culminated in the HarbourCats’ first league championship, losing in Game 3 of the WCL final to the Corvallis Knights.

“A number of people learned about the West Coast League, the Victoria HarbourCats, and the level of baseball we play, because of the interest in Claire and what she accomplished in the summer of 2017 – it was a move that turned many heads, and brought in female fans of all ages,” said Jim Swanson, Managing Partner of the HarbourCats. “There were some people who thought we were nuts, too – and Claire proved them wrong. She handled things so well both on and off the field, with the support of great teammates, who had her back at every turn, even when coaches and players on other teams would snicker or make remarks.

“Claire’s signing was international news when we announced it in May. We know she’s excited to get another chance to prove she can compete at this level, and help us win.”

Eccles pitched in eight games, including two starts, and earned her first WCL win on June 29 against the Cowlitz Black Bears. She struck out three, walked seven, allowed 19 hits and had an 11.91 ERA in 11.1 innings pitched, with five earned runs in one-third of an inning of a July 7 game skewing that statistic (6.55 ERA without that game, which included a grand slam). Aside from her debut June 7 against Wenatchee, her most memorable moment might have been the three-up/three-down extra inning outing, with one strikeout, in a late-season home game against Kelowna. For trivia buffs, her first WCL strikeout was Yakima outfielder Tora Otsuka, who attends the University of San Diego.

Lopez, from Whittier, CA, played in 30 games and batted .216 with 11 RBIs and four stolen bases, providing plus-plus outfield defence. His enthusiastic personality – he became known as the Flyin Hawaiian for some of his catches -- made him a team leader for Head Coach Brian McRae’s team.

“Ethan was just getting warmed up for us when he had to leave for a period, but returned for the playoffs and really energized us,” said Swanson. “He had a crucial hit for us in that epic Game 1 that allowed us to have a chance in the late innings. His reads in the outfield, fearless going to the wall, was contagious. Ethan can also play almost anywhere in the infield, so he’s a valuable piece for B-Mac.”




"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" - zoomer, April 17, 2018

#563 VicHockeyFan

  • Member
  • 51,354 posts

Posted 30 November 2017 - 09:45 AM

FREE to enter the draw.  You could WIN this Claire Eccles game-used jersey.  It's a door prize at the 'Cats open house today.
PRIZES all day long at the HarbourCats office, just pop in and spin the wheel.
Tim Hortons truck there from 9am to 11am... It's the annual HarbourCats OPEN HOUSE, 12 straight hours, right at the team office.  8am right until 8pm tonight.
⚾ Tim Hortons Truck onsite from 9am-11am
⚾ Ticket specials, including Premium 10pks for $150
⚾ New merchandise, individual game tickets including fireworks games, Bark in the Park, Father's Day
⚾ Come talk some baseball!

Edited by VicHockeyFan, 30 November 2017 - 09:45 AM.

"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" - zoomer, April 17, 2018

#564 VicHockeyFan

  • Member
  • 51,354 posts

Posted 02 February 2018 - 01:12 PM


"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" - zoomer, April 17, 2018

#565 VicHockeyFan

  • Member
  • 51,354 posts

Posted 23 March 2018 - 03:38 AM

Wilson’s steps up to the plate for HarbourCats’ fans




"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" - zoomer, April 17, 2018

#566 VicHockeyFan

  • Member
  • 51,354 posts

Posted 10 April 2018 - 06:18 PM




Third Base Group Deck to Put Fans in Middle of Action in 2018
Strathcona Hotel-Rooftop Party Deck will provide unique viewing opportunities for fans.
Victoria, BC - Fresh off the announcement late last month of a new double-decker bus corporate group deck along the first baseline - The Wilson's Group Upper Deck Experience -  fans attending Victoria HarbourCats' baseball games in 2018 will now have a second, more casual group option to enjoy, as the HarbourCats will be adding a decked area down the third base line, large enough to support up to 100 people.
Located just beyond third base, down the left field foul line, and extending partially into foul territory, the Strathcona Hotel-Rooftop Party Deck will put fans right in the middle of the action and provide a unique view of the game.  Designed to be a casual space for mingling, socializing and watching baseball (think, big, backyard bash), the Strathcona Hotel-Rooftop Party Deck will accommodate 50-100 people.  The deck can be reserved on a ticket only basis, or fans can bundle in food and drink options from the HarbourCats fantastic food truck vendors, Floyd’s Diner and Molly’s Fish and Chips.  Prices (based on 50 people minimum, tickets only) begin at $1000 ($20 per person).
 Mock-up of Strathcona Hotel-Rooftop Party Deck down third base line.
The HarbourCats are grateful to Grant Olson and the Strathcona Hotel and Rooftop Patio, the famous location with spectacular city views, for making this possible. Chinook Scaffolding will be erecting the deck, with HarbourCats assistant coach Troy Birtwistle, owner of TRB Construction, completing the work.
"With the double-decker bus along first base and now the group deck along the third base line, fans coming to games will have two very unique vantage points from which to watch a game," said HarbourCats Co-Owner and Managing Partner Jim Swanson.  "Fans on the Strathcona Hotel-Rooftop Party Deck will be just a short distance from third base and the opposing team's dugout and will feel like they are part of the action."
The Strathcona Hotel-Rooftop Party Deck will be sold primarily as a seating option for groups of 50 (minimum) up to 100, but may be opened for general admission seating for games where no group bookings, or partial group bookings are reserved. The deck will also have dedicated servers that can assist fans with their food and beverage purchases. Full fencing around the deck, and netting on the plate side, will keep people safe while also having them right in the action.
Both the Wilson's Group Upper Deck Experience and the Strathcona Hotel-Rooftop Party Deck supplement the HarbourCats regular group seating options, where groups of 20 or more can receive discounted pricing on either general admission or premium reserved seating, with the options of bundling meal and drink options with their seats. Regular group seating prices begin at just $11 each for general admission seats.
For more details on all HarbourCats ticketing options, including group, Upper Deck and Strathcona Hotel-Rooftop Party Deck options, please visit  harbourcats.com/tickets/ or contact chris@harbourcats.co 
HarbourCats add to coaching staff
The Victoria HarbourCats are also pleased to announce that Curtis Pelletier and John Schnaderbeck have been added to the coaching staff for the 2018 season, assisting Head Coach Brian McRae.
Pelletier, 37, is a Victoria product who played collegiately and pro as a catcher, and will concentrate on working with the team's catchers, focusing on their defensive game and handling the pitching staff. Pelletier batted .297 with a home run in 32 games for the Victoria Capitals of the short-lived Canadian Baseball League. The Spectrum grad attended Grayson County College in Texas.
Schnaderbeck, 53, from Vancouver, WA, will meet the team on selected road trips to assist McRae, Pelletier and the rest of the coaching staff (Troy Birtwistle, Jason Leone, Ian Sanderson, and former MLB infielder Todd Haney). Schnaderbeck was in the then-expansion Colorado Rockies system, and is very familiar with the West Coast League. He played college baseball at Southern Illinois University.



Edited by VicHockeyFan, 10 April 2018 - 06:19 PM.

  • 57WestHills likes this

"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" - zoomer, April 17, 2018

#567 VicHockeyFan

  • Member
  • 51,354 posts

Posted 13 April 2018 - 07:34 AM

Reminder that 100% of the proceeds of all merchandise purchases this week will go to the Humboldt Broncos for their needs. Office open Friday 10 AM to 6 PM. Stop in and purchase a shirt, hat, hoodie, seat cushion, etc. and help out for a good cause. 101-1814 Vancouver Street#HumboldtStrong #HarbourCatsForHumboldt






"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" - zoomer, April 17, 2018

#568 tedward

  • Member
  • 1,676 posts

Posted 13 April 2018 - 02:28 PM

Yeah... I think now that there is $10,600,000 in the Gofundme account this is not really necessary. At some point it turns into pure marketing for the Harbourcats (or whoever) rather than a charitable act.

Scouter - Lake Side Buoy - LEGO Nut - James Bay resident

#569 VicHockeyFan

  • Member
  • 51,354 posts

Posted 13 April 2018 - 02:30 PM


Edited by VicHockeyFan, 13 April 2018 - 02:31 PM.

  • tedward likes this

"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" - zoomer, April 17, 2018


0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users