June 20,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – It’s a celebration of the game – in Victoria, and in Duncan.
Baseball Day in Victoria, as declared by the Mayor, takes place Saturday, June 21, with many of the great baseball activities in the South Island centered at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park. In addition to other youth games and Premier League action, here’s what’s happening:
SATURDAY, JUNE 21
BASEBALL DAY IN VICTORIA – AND BASEBALL DAY FOR THE UNITED WAY
YOUTH SKILLS CAMP – 9am-11am
n Sign up through the HarbourCats office, children to learn the fundamentals of the game, and to do it on the same field the HarbourCats play on. A great opportunity for those who have played the game, and those who have not alike.
n Still accepting participants! Show up at 8:30am to register, or to sign in if you are already registered.
n Link here — http://harbourcats.com/
CELEBRITY GAME – 3:30pm – a fun game, for the love of the game
n Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin leads a team that includes Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard, Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen, Metchosin Mayor John Ranns and MLA Andrew Weaver – and media members Chandler Grieve (CTV), Cliff LeQuesne (100.3 The Q), Jeff King (CHEK), Kiley Stanton(Global), Steve Duffy (CFAX 1070) and Travis Paterson (Black Press)
n Special playing appearance by HarbourCats owner John McLean (rumor has it he has renounced his professional status for this game only)
n Greater Victoria Baseball Association executives, led by President Fraser Campbell and managed by Carol Ogborne – GVBA represents organizations from Carnarvon, Gordon Head at Lambrick Park, Layritz, Esquimalt, Triangle and Peninsula. The Ogborne-managed team is being called the Golden Eagles (but perhaps should have been the Bald Eagles or Silver Eagles). Another notable Golden Eagles player will be Christian Stewart, one of the HarbourCats official photographers through Island Sports News, and Langford City Councillor Roger Wade, who is involved with youth baseball on many levels in the Victoria area.
n Ceremonial First Pitch by United Way CEO Patricia Jelinski
n A five-inning baseball game, FREE to take in, and will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see all these well-known people finding out exactly just how hard the game is to play at the West Coast League level.
EVENING GAME – 7:11pm
n Victoria HarbourCats vs. Langley Blaze (Pacific International League), a team filled with ex-pro players and former college stars. RHP Jesse Peters, the top player in BC in 2013 and the top pitcher at the 2012 Baseball Canada Senior Championship for the gold-medal winning Prince George Axemen, gets the start on the mound for a motivated Langley Blaze team.
n Tickets are regular price ($14.50 and $9.50) and available at www.harbourcats.com/tickets, at the team office, or at the gate
n Ceremonial First Pitch by Marianne Alto, a Victoria City Councillor, and a special charity cheque presentation before the game.
SUNDAY, JUNE 22 – -In Duncan (Evans park, on Somenos Road)
n Victoria HarbourCats vs. Langley Senior Blaze, another full nine-inning game
n Featured Island players – Alex Rogers and Griffin Andreychuk of Nanaimo, and Kelly Norris-Jones and Brandon Feldman of Victoria
n Contestants will be throwing for a chance to win $25,000 thanks to Island Savings in mid-game, will be exciting!
n This is a FREE GAME thanks to the Duncan Junior Baseball Association, raising the funds to buy up the park – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED you bring a lawn chair
n Arrive early, watch the teams take batting practice
n A chance for Duncan and Cowichan area residents to purchase HarbourCats merchandise, and the final day of the youth baseball season – a major celebration