Playoff push for HarbourCats, promotions all set up

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VICTORIA, B.C. – The Victoria HarbourCats have put themselves in a position to play in the playoffs for the first time – get hot, stay hot, and do it for the great baseball fans of Victoria, that’s the goal.

The HarbourCats are two games out of a playoff spot with 16 games to go – and in those 16 games are matchups with teams who are right in the mix with the HarbourCats, including the Yakima Valley Pippins, the Cowlitz Black Bears, and this weekend’s opponent, the Walla Walla Sweets (who feature maybe the best hat design in minor league or collegiate summer baseball).

Games this weekend are Friday and Saturday evenings (6:35pm starts, gates open at 5:30pm), and Sundayafternoon (1pm start, noon for the gates). The weather forecast is perfect for enjoying a game – not too hot.

We have major groups coming to see the HarbourCats this weekend, including the AAA Peewee Provincial tournament participants, and the Cadets.

The BIGGEST part of the weekend might be Sunday’s visit by “Sindy-with-an-S” and Naeha of Big Brother Canada, there to meet Big Brother Canada fans, throw out the first pitch, sign autographs, and visit with their Big Brother Canada fellow houseguest, Graig Merritt – HarbourCats head coach.

FRIDAY, JULY 24 – 6:35pm vs. Walla Walla Sweets

n  It’s the last FORCES FRIDAY with Galaxy Motors, with all military members and families getting in for just $5 (general admission)

n  National anthems by the famous Naden Band

n  Mike’s Hard Lemonade giveaways

n  Team Poster Giveaway by Metropol

n  Super Mega Baseball, 100 codes given away for their Super Mega Baseball game on Playstation, value of $19.95 each

n  Three of the Rugby Canada stars Magali Harvey, Karen Paquin and Sean White from the Pan-Am Games, gold medalists, will be there to help throw out the first pitch

n  50-50 draw benefitting Lower Island Mixed Fastball

SATURDAY, JULY 25 – 6:35pm vs. Walla Walla Sweets

n  Castle Home Building Centres Game Night, celebrating community and diversity

n  100 team necklaces given away, thanks to Kirby’s Source for Sports

n  Major group, players/coaches with the B.C. Peewee AAA Provincial Championship, being played at Carnarvon Park – kids loving baseball!

n  50-50 draw benefitting Team NOVA Ride to Conquer Cancer

SUNDAY, JULY 26, 1pm vs. Walla Walla Sweets

n  We welcome Cadets, a huge group

n  Usedvictoria.com and their Paint the Park Purple Gameday promotion

n  Hot Dog eating contest with Maple Leaf Meats

n  All kids (16 and under) get a free hot dog, from Maple Leaf Meats

n  BIG BROTHER CANADA, presented by HarbourAir!!! Our head coach, Graig Merritt, a cast member this past spring, is joined by Sindy-with-an-S and Naeha in a reunion

n  50-50 to benefit Victoria Eagles Baseball

Pretty busy! Something for everyone – add in food options and great baseball, and it’s the perfect family outing.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS/HOME GAMES

We have just nine regular season home games left – don’t miss the action!

On Tuesday, July 28, with the Cowlitz Black Bears in Victoria to start a three-game series, we will hold a special COLUMBIA FUELS-FEEL THE HEAT promotion, with that to be announced Sunday night so people can plan to be there for that event.

Wednesday, July 29, the second game with Cowlitz, is Westshore U-Lock Mini-Storage Gameday, andThursday, July 30, brings the last day game of the year, a weekday afternoon game, 1pm start time atSports Traders Diamond, and welcoming all Black Press carriers.

TICKETS – At our office (101-1814 Vancouver Street), by phone (778-265-0327), or online atwww.harbourcats.com/tickets

KIDS CAMPS

We still have room for more youth players to take part in upcoming camps. Call our office or come in to register, we will also take players who show up prior to start time on camp dates. Come and learn from our coaches and players. Cost is $20/player per session. Dates and times are:

Saturday, July 25, 10am-12:30pm

Monday, July 27, Noon-12:30pm

Thursday, Aug. 6, Noon-12:30pm

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