The Victoria HarbourCats of the West Coast League (WCL) and the Victoria Eagles and Victoria Mariners are pleased to announce that the HarbourCats will play an exhibition game against a combined Eagles/Mariners team featuring the ‘seniors’ from both programs. The best of the city’s Premier Baseball League teams will join forces to face the HarbourCats in an exhibition game set for Thursday, June 5 at Royal Athletic Park. The scheduled first pitch will be 7:05 pm.
“This is a win-win for everyone involved, and we’re glad to partner further with local youth baseball,” said HarbourCats GM Jim Swanson. “This particular event will give our coaches a chance to evaluate our players in a game situation, it will give our staff and the City of Victoria a chance to prepare for all facility operations, and we’re excited it will showcase the best young baseball players in Victoria against elite college athletes.”
Prior to the 2013 WCL opener for the HarbourCats, the organization hosted a game between the Mariners and Eagles at RAP that served as a dry run for gameday operations. The game drew a large crowd and funds raised went to assist local player Zack Downey in his ongoing battle with cancer.
“Victoria is fortunate to have two PBL programs, giving youth baseball players an excellent opportunity to play at the highest levels, and this game will be a memorable one for our older players, a real test for them against the HarbourCats,” said Adrian Somers, President of the Mariners.
“The Eagles and Mariners are glad to come together and help the HarbourCats prepare for what will be an exciting season, their second in the West Coast League,” said Martin Winstanley, Chair of the Greater Victoria Baseball Association’s High-Performance Division. “The chance to see Victoria’s two PBL teams unified for that night will be worth watching, for sure, and we have appreciated the HarbourCats and their approach to supporting youth baseball on the Island.”
Last season, the HarbourCats gave back more than $25,000 to various Victoria youth baseball associations. The HarbourCats, coached by Dennis Rogers and Bob Miller, open the WCL season on the road in Kelowna against the Falcons, on Friday, June 6. After that three-game series, the HarbourCats return to RAP for the home opener – Tuesday, June 10, 7 pm, against the Cowlitz Black Bears.