The 2014 West Coast League schedule has been released

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November 15, 2013, VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – The 2014 West Coast League schedule has been released, and for fans of the Victoria HarbourCats, there are many highlights to look forward to as the HarbourCats’ second season at Royal Athletic Park approaches.

  • A road series in Kelowna against the Falcons starts the 54-­‐game schedule, June 6-­‐7-­‐8
  • Home Opener – Tuesday, June 10, against the West Division rival Cowlitz Black Bears
  • Fan Appreciation and Fireworks, on Monday, June 30 – against division rival Kitsap BlueJackets
  • Canada Day “Nooner”, on Tuesday, July 1 – home against the Kitsap BlueJackets 
  • Three-­‐game series at RAP on each of the final three weekends of the regular season: -July 25-­‐27, vs. Corvallis Knightsm -Aug. 1-­‐3, vs. Bellingham Bells, -Aug. 8-­‐10, vs. Kitsap BlueJackets
  • The 2014 WCL All-­‐Star Game, hosted at Royal Athletic Park in 2013 with a league-­‐record 4,210 in attendance, will be played on Monday, July 21 at Klamath Falls, Oregon, home of the Gems
  • There are 12 days off as the 54 games are played over a 66-­‐day span – running June 6, through August 10, with playoffs to follow
  • Tentative exhibition series slated for league bye weekend of June 20, details to be announced in the New Year
  • Under the new playoff format, each of the three divisional winners (West, East, South) advance, as does one ‘wild card’ team, with the best overall record of the non-­‐division winners

“It is a well-‐balanced schedule that gives us a great chance to make a strong run in the second half, and do it in front of big weekend crowds,” said HarbourCats President John McLean.
“Completing the league schedule is an extensive process, working with our other 11 partners in the league, and we think we are well-­‐positioned to take advantage of our unique location and have a
tremendous home-­‐field edge with great fans and support in Victoria.

“We wanted to be playing at home for Canada Day, we wanted home weekend dates particularly when the weather is best in Victoria. With the new alignment in the WCL, we will have all the South Division teams, those based in Oregon, visiting Royal Athletic Park this season, and we’re excited about that. We also get to keep building on our geographic rivalries with Bellingham, Kitsap and Cowlitz, with half our games against those key divisional opponents. On top of that, it’s a nice touch by the WCL that the two Canadian teams meet to start the season in Kelowna.”

Season tickets are on sale now, and are highly recommended for those who want to secure their favourite seat for every HarbourCats home game. The popular 10-­‐game flex packs and mini-­‐plans are also available. To secure the best seats, visit harbourcats.com. Follow the team on twitter @harbourcats, or on Facebook at facebook.com/harbourcats.

“Fans have been asking about the schedule, and about tickets – they can’t wait for the season to start and to see the qualit team that will be focused on winning the West Coast League championship,” said McLean. “Tickets and team merchandise are very popular items this time of year, because they make great Christmas gifts. The HarbourCats brand has become very popular in Victoria, something we are very pleased with.”

The full 54-­‐game, 27-­‐home-­‐game schedule for the Victoria HarbourCats in 2014, which will also be posted to the team’s website at harbourcats.com: harbourcats.com @ harbourcats facebook.com/harbourcat

 

ROAD  

  • Friday, June 6, at Kelowna Falcons
  • Saturday, June 7, at Kelowna Falcons
  • Sunday, June 8, at Kelowna Falcons

HOME

  • Tuesday, June 10, vs. Cowlitz Black Bears
  • Wednesday, June 11, vs. Cowlitz Black Bears
  • Thursday, June 12, vs. Cowlitz Black Bears

ROAD

  • Friday, June 13, at Bend Elks
  • Saturday, June 14, at Bend Elks
  • Sunday, June 15, at Bend Elks

HOME

  • Monday, June 16, vs. Bellingham Bells
  • Tuesday, June 17, vs. Bellingham Bells
  • Wednesday, June 18, vs. Bellingham Bells
  • Monday, June 23, vs. Bend Elks 
  • Tuesday, June 24, vs. Bend Elks
  • Wednesday, June 25, vs. Bend Elks

ROAD

  • Friday, June 27, at Cowlitz Black Bears
  • Saturday, June 28, at Cowlitz Black Bears
  • Sunday, June 29, at Cowlitz Black Bears

HOME 

  • Monday, June 30, vs. Kitsap BlueJackets
  • Tuesday, July 1, vs. Kitsap BlueJackets (CANADA DAY)
  • Wednesday, July 2, vs. Kitsap BlueJackets

ROAD

  • Friday, July 4, at Kitsap Blue Jackets
  • Saturday, July 5, at Kitsap Blue Jackets
  • Sunday, July 6, at Kitsap Blue Jackets
  • Monday, July 7, at Yakima
  • Tuesday, July 8, at Yakima
  • Wednesday, July 9, at Yakima

HOME

  • Thursday, July 10 ,vs. Medford Rogues
  • Friday, July 11, vs. Medford Rogues
  • Saturday, July 12, vs. Medford Rogues

ROAD

  • Monday, July 14, at Bellingham Bells
  • Tuesday, July 15, at Bellingham Bells
  • Wednesday, July 16, at Bellingham Bells

HOME

  • Thursday, July 17, vs. Klamath Falls Gems
  • Friday, July 18, vs. Klamath Falls Gems
  • Saturday, July 19, vs. Klamath Falls Gems

ROAD

 

  • ALL-­‐STAR GAME – MONDAY, JULY 21, AT KLAMATH FALLS, OREGON
  • Tuesday, July 22, at Cowlitz Black Bears
  • Wednesday, July 23, at Cowlitz Black Bears
  • Thursday, July 24, at Cowlitz Black Bears

HOME

  • Friday, July 25, vs. Corvallis Knights
  • Saturday, July 26, vs. Corvallis Knights
  • Sunday, July 27, vs. Corvallis Knights

ROAD

  • Tuesday, July 29, at Wenatchee AppleSox
  • Wednesday, July 30, at Wenatchee AppleSox
  • Thursday, July 31, at Wenatchee AppleSox

HOME

  • Friday, August 1, vs. Bellingham Bells
  • Saturday, August 2, vs. Bellingham Bells
  • Sunday, August 3, vs. Bellingham Bells

ROAD

  • Tuesday, August 5, at Walla Walla Sweets
  • Wednesday, August 6, at Walla Walla Sweets
  • Thursday, August 7, at Walla Walla Sweets

HOME

  • Friday, August 8, vs. Kitsap BlueJackets
  • Saturday, August 9, vs. Kitsap BlueJackets
  • Sunday, August 10, vs. Kitsap BlueJackets

 

The West Coast League features a competitive level of play and recruits players from high-­‐calibre baseball programs at colleges and universities across North America. With the addition of the as-­‐yet-­‐named Yakima team, the WCL will have 12 teams in three divisions for the 2014 season, with franchises ocated in B.C., Washington and Oregon. The Victoria HarbourCats are in the West Division with the the Bellingham Bells, Kitsap BlueJackets of Bremerton, Wash., and Cowlitz Black Bears of Kelso/Longview, Wash. The 54-­‐game regular season starts June 6 and runs through August 10, with playoffs to follow.

 

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