HarbourCats pitcher thows no-hitter!

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Jim Swanson

VICTORIA, B.C. – Right-handed pitcher Zander Clouse tossed a no-hitter on Saturday for Bellevue College in an NWAC (junior college) conference game against Olympia College, a 5-0 Bellevue victory played at Courter Field in Bellevue.

Clouse, who is 6-2/185 pounds, went seven innings (NWAC double-headers feature two seven-inning games) with seven strikeouts and three walks, lowering his season ERA to 1.91. Clouse is 6-2 on the season with one save in 10 outings, eight of them starts.

Clouse closed out the 99-pitch outing with a stressful seventh inning. After getting a strikeout and ground ball, he grazed a batter then balked him to second base before inducing a ground ball to second base to close the impressive start. He faced 24 batters, just three more than the minimum.

Clouse, from Kenmore, Washington and a product of Archbishop Murray High School, has 54 strikeouts in 56.2 innings, surrendering just 35 hits. Clouse will attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia in the fall to start his NCAA Division-1 career.

HARBOURCATS CREW ANNOUNCED FOR 2015

The Victoria HarbourCats are very pleased to reveal key personnel for the 2015 season.

The new local ownership, General Manager Jim Swanson and Assistant General Manager Brad Norris-Jones have been working to complete the staffing picture and raise the organization to new levels.

“The key to any successful organization is to put the right people in place, to surround yourself with people who bring positive, constructive attitudes to the park and to the office every day – and I can tell you we have a lot of fun doing this, as much work as it is,” said Norris-Jones, also the team’s marketing director.

“It’s been described as ‘calmly controlled chaos’ to put on a gameday, and all the preparation and hours of work that go into what the fans see. We have good people, and that makes it both fun and productive for our fans, for our sponsors, and for the community.”

TICKETING – Lyandra White moves up from her gameday role of last season and is guiding a great ticketing team that also includes Stuart Mair, who focuses on group offers. “Lyandra is doing an amazing job, with very strong customer-relation and technical skills rolled into one,” said Swanson. “Lyandra is all-in, a very hard worker with a strong mind for baseball. Working alongside Lyandra, Stuart has been reaching out to sports teams, companies/unions, church groups, youth groups and others who can use HarbourCats games as the perfect summer outing.”

STAFFING – Haley Gibbs, along with Lyandra White, will coordinate the many people who love being part of the gameday crew, making sure all key posts have yet another smiling face.

HOST FAMILIES/TRANSPORTATION – Brittany French, who has been an invaluable worker behind-the-scenes for the first two seasons, takes on this key role in being a strong and open communicator with the players and their parents. Pam deVooght and Heather Drewry will work alongside Brittany. “This is an area we are so happy to see grow this season, a key part of the organization taking a step forward as we work to reach our goal of becoming the best summer collegiate baseball location for player development,” said Swanson.

TRAINING – The HarbourCats will again work with PISE for team training, and the athletic therapy department will again be led by Curtis Hawkins and Tanner McGaw, with support from Camosun students. “We are proud to have Curtis and Tanner back, and to again offer the best athlete-focused training staff at this level,” said Swanson.
GAMEDAY/COMMUNITY – Quinn Keeler returns as the coordinator of community engagement and gameday entertainment, and is looking forward to implementing many new ideas that she and the marketing staff have been dreaming up since the last pitch of the 2014 season signaled a new, fresh opportunity. “Quinn’s energy, team-first approach and experience working for many years with the WHL’s Royals is invaluable to us, and everyone is excited with the new plans in place,” said Swanson.

STREET TEAM – Harvey the HarbourCat! Yes, he’s back, surrounded by more great young people like Jemma Tennet, Sam Ferraby, Sam Zeisberger and others will be showing that the HarbourCats are ready to “STEEEEEEE-RIKE!” in 2015. Watch for the crew at events, like this past weekend’s TC10K race. Harvey has been busy already, appearing at many youth baseball/softball openings, at events downtown, and handing out pocket schedules all over the place.

FACILITIES – Ben Scoones and Brian Tuck will ensure the on-field and off-field areas of Sports Traders Diamond at RAP are ready for both players and fans to enjoy our 2015 season.

DIGITAL/GAMEDAY PRODUCTION – Jake Warren, Jason King and David Marshall all return to guide areas such as website, social media, the signature video scoreboard at Sports Traders Diamond at RAP, and to pump out the tunes that have toes always tapping.

PA ANNOUNCER – Dan Salmon, who is familiar to sports fans through his work with the BCHL’s Grizzlies, will take over this role this season – watch for fun new ideas that bring the fans even closer to the action.

MARKETING TEAM – Norris-Jones leads a team that includes Jake Warren, Mark Hatton, Paul Curtin, Jay Longpre, Martin Newham and Andrew Ross. The group has been attempting to blanket the South Island region to allow corporations to get their message out to 45,000-plus fans through our 27 regular season home games and six additional game dates at Sports Traders Diamond at RAP.

All of these areas are supported by our Community Advisory Board and our Team Ambassadors.

AND… — We’re not done. Not by any means. We have a few more tricks up our sleeves – additional people, the 2015 broadcasting arrangements, and some changes to the park configuration and services that will be unveiled in the weeks leading up to the season, so watch for further announcements. The HarbourCats are excited for 2015, with the first exhibition game set for May 31 at Sports Traders Diamond at RAP!

TICKETS!!!!

Want to secure your seats for our exhibition games? Home Opener? Fireworks? The first day game? Father’s Day? Or, how about the MacGregor Sock Toss for Anawim House on June 20 (details to come!)? Come to the office, 1814 Vancouver Street, or buy on-line at www.harbourcats.com/tickets. Season tickets and 10-packs are available.

MEET THE OWNERS EVENT

On Wednesday, May 20, the new owners of the HarbourCats will be hosting a meet-n-greet event at Max Furniture, 2745 Bridge Street, from 5-7pm. The event is open to partners, fans and media. It will be a must-attend to hear new initiatives and special offers for 2015.

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