DeGoti, Conant, Lombana return to HarbourCats

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April 14, 2014, VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – The Victoria HarbourCats are pleased to announce that three of the players who played pivotal roles in the inaugural season are returning to the West Coast League team for 2014.

Versatile infielder Alex DeGoti, left-handed pitcher Bryan Conant and dependable right-hander Logan Lombana will be HarbourCats players once again. DeGoti and Conant were second-team WCL all-stars in the 2013 season, and are eager to return to play for Head Coach Bob Miller.

“This is good news for the continuity of our on-field program, and I’m sure fans will be excited to hear that Alex, Logan and Bryan are coming back,” said GM Jim Swanson. “Alex’s energy is contagious and everyone remembers his fire on the field and the way he interacted with fans, especially our young fans. Bryan earned a spot on the second all-WCL team last season and was a key part of the pitching staff, and Logan logged important innings last summer and has really raised his game at Long Beach State. Add these three with the other players already announced, and we believe the HarbourCats will be a team that can contend this season.”

“We were able to meet with Alex and Logan at Long Beach two weeks ago, and they couldn’t stop talking about how much they enjoyed their Victoria experience – their host home, the support of the fans, even the team bus driver, Larry Quigley of Wilson’s Transportation. We really think that speaks volumes about the career-moulding experience players are provided here, and the support we get throughout the community is a major factor in that.”

DeGoti, from Miami, is a sophomore at Long Beach State. He is listed at 6-0/190, and bats right and throws right. He hit .286 with three home runs and 21 runs batted in for the HarbourCats in 2013, and is especially valuable because he can play second, short or third. Offensively, he can fill a top-end role or be a dangerous bat in the bottom half of the order.

Conant was 4-1 with a 1.81 ERA in eight games, seven of them starts, for the HarbourCats last summer. He gave up only 40 hits and 11 walks in 54.2 innings of work, which was the third highest total on the team for innings pitched. The 6-5/230-pound left-hander out of Alta Loma High School in California, a sophomore, is pitching for former HarbourCats Head Coach Dennis Rogers at Riverside Community College this spring. Conant is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in seven starts for the Tigers this season, striking out 39 in 48.1 innings.

Lombana has made 12 relief appearances this year at Long Beach, with no win-loss record and a 4.72 ERA. He has allowed 11 hits in 13.2 innings of work, and only two of those hits were for extra bases (two doubles). The sophomore from Newark, California, is listed at 6-2/200. With the HarbourCats, Lombana was a workhorse and got into 11 games, made five starts, and posted two complete games, which tied him with Ty Provencher for the team lead. Lombana was 2-2 with a 6.00 ERA, throwing 48 innings, fifth-most on the team.

“Bob Miller continues to work on finding the last pieces to the puzzle for this year, so we can keep our edge through strong internal competition and have the depth you need to compete for a championship,” said Swanson. “In baseball is you can never have too much pitching, and the same can be said for depth and options to keep losses from becoming losing streaks. We’re excited for the season ahead.”

CAT NOTES

  • Season tickets, 10-game Flex Packs and the Fireworks Four-Pack remain on sale. The Fireworks Four-Pack is available only until Saturday, April 19. Call 778-265-0327 or visit the office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street, a half-block south of the stadium, for more information. A strong crowd of season ticket holders and Flex Pack purchasers made its way to Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park on Saturday, April 12, to select seats for 2014.
  • Single seat sales start at 10 am on Saturday, April 19, at the team office, and on-line.
  • The team’s special promotional days plan is expected to be announced on Wednesday.
  • Harvey the HarbourCats has been making the rounds, appearing at community events and season opening days for local youth baseball associations – including Sunday’s stop at the National Little League opening event.

2014 roster to date – 35 players

C (3) – Kelly Norris-Jones, Aaron Barnett, Alan Baldwin

IF (8) – Griffin Andreychuk, Gabe Clark, Cole Kreuter, Noah Cummings, Bryce Greager, Ted Boeke, Thomas Bernal, Alex DeGoti

OF (9) – Nathan Lukes, Danny Collier, John Grimsley, Andrew Calica, Devin Carter, Hunter Mercado-Hood, Wyler Smith, Matt Bryan, Darren Honeysett

P (15) – LHP Carson Schneider, RHP Jacob McAdams, RHP Brandon Feldman, LHP Quintin Torres-Costa, LHP Will Dennis, RHP Matt Susac, RHP Bret Helton, RHP Mikey Wright, RHP Alex Rogers, RHP Eric Hegadoren, RHP Andrew Nelson, LHP Jacob Hill, RHP Preston Ryan, RHP Logan Lombana, RHP Bryan Conant

Coaching staff – Bob Miller, Head coach; Assistants – Ben Jackson, Chris Lindmark, Charlie Strandlund

 

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