HarbourCats Fine Tune Roster as 2016 Season Nears

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Victoria B.C- The Victoria HarbourCats have made a series of roster moves six weeks in advance of the West Coast League season, and are excited to announce a new partnership with a high profile local business for 2016 that will specifically benefit season ticket holders.

Added to the HarbourCats 2016 roster are:

  • RHP CAM SCHNEIDER, Cal Poly, (Freshman), Concord, CA, 6-7/230
  • RHP GREG CASPER, South Dakota State, (Sophomore), Pocatello, ID, 6/170
  • OF MATT LAUTZ, UC Santa Barbara, (Freshman), Agoura Hills, CA, 6-1/175
  • LHP MATT MOSCA, Mesa CC, (Sophomore), Las Vegas, NV, 5-10/160
  • LHP JACK WOLGER, UC Berkeley, (Freshman commit), Folsom, CA, 6-4/195

Cam Schneider is an imposing presence on the mound, standing 6’7”, 230 lb. Schneider is a freshman at Cal Poly (NCAA Div. 1; Big West), where he is teammates with fellow HarbourCats Nick Meyer (C) and Austin Dondanville (RHP). Schneider has pitched in eight games this spring, starting seven, with a 1-2 record and a 5.55 ERA. In 24.1 innings, he has allowed 29 hits and 13 walks with 27 strikeouts.

Greg Casper is the closer at South Dakota State (NCAA Div. 1; Summit League) where he is a teammate of fellow HarbourCat Will McAffer (LHP). Casper currently holds a 4.19 ERA and three saves in 12 appearances. In 19.1 innings, he has allowed 19 hits and 10 walks while recording 22 strikeouts.

Matt Lautz is a talented young freshman at UC Santa Barbara (NCAA Div. 1; Big West) where he is a teammate of 2013 HarbourCat Joe Record (RHP). A multi-talented player, Lautz is signed as a right-handed hitting outfielder but also has the ability to pitch if needed.

Matt Mosca is the staff ace at Mesa Community College in Arizona, and has committed to Dixie State (NCAA Div. 2) for this fall. Mesa has 27 playoff appearances in 32 seasons, including five JUCO World Series appearances and two titles. Mosca has some of the best stats in all of junior college baseball, sporting a 7-2 record and 1.26 ERA in 64.1 innings pitched. In 14 appearances, nine starts, Mosca has pitched two complete games and has allowed just 50 hits and 23 walks against 70 strikeouts.

Jack Wolger has committed to UC Berkeley (NCAA Div. 1; Pac-12) for this fall, and is currently dominating as a high school senior. In seven starts this spring, Wolger is 5-2 with a 1.81 ERA and two complete games. He has allowed just 31 hits in 39 innings with 29 strikeouts against just nine walks.


ROGERS, GRETLER WILL NOT RETURN IN 2016

An unavoidable factor in constructing a summer-collegiate baseball roster, is the fact that a number of players will drop off of the roster at any point in the year for a variety of reasons, be it personal or financial needs of the player, summer school, or the player being placed with another summer team by their college program.

Because of this, some players previously signed by the HarbourCats will not be reporting to Victoria this summer. Most notable on that list are Michael Gretler and Alex Rogers, both were key players for the HarbourCats a year ago.

Gretler, a sophomore at Oregon State (NCAA Div. 1; Pac-12) signed to return as an infielder in 2016. During the fall however, Oregon State converted Gretler to a catcher, a position where the HarbourCats already had depth with four catchers, so it was in Michael’s best interest to play elsewhere this summer.

Alex Rogers, a junior at North Dakota State (NCAA Div. 1; Summit League) was key to the HarbourCats pitching staff each of the past two seasons, and was slated to return for a third, but he was placed in the Northwoods League by his NDSU coaches for 2016.

EXTRA INNINGS

GOLF TOWN VICTORIA TO OFFER PRIVILEGES TO MOST LOYAL HARBOURCATS FANS, OUR SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

The HarbourCats are pleased to announce an exciting partnership with Golf Town Victoria which will include daily pre-game activities and a unique prizing opportunity made available exclusively to season ticket holders.

Golf Town will be the sponsor for nightly on-field pre-game activities before HarbourCats games at Royal Athletic Park, made available to season ticket holders throughout 2016. Activities will include various driving, chipping and putting games. As part of the benefits for season ticket holders, Golf Town will present one season ticket holder with a set of Nike Vapor Fly 4-AW Irons with steel shafts, valued at $899.99

Additionally, $10 discount vouchers to Golf Town Victoria will be handed out to the first 5,000 fans to enter Royal Athletic Park on Opening Night, June 7.

The HarbourCats home opener is less than seven weeks away, June 7 at Royal Athletic Park against the Wenatchee AppleSox. The 2016 season opens with a three-game series in Walla Walla beginning June 3. More news and signings will be announced in the weeks leading up to the season.

HARBOURCATS TEAM UP WITH RETIREMENT CONCEPTS

The HarbourCats also announced this week Retirement Concepts as HOME RUN PARTNER for the 2016 season. The unique arrangement will see the club partner with Retirement Concepts communities The Wellesley, Selkirk Seniors Village and Beacon Hill Villa to host residents and their families at games while enabling the club and its players to give back to the community.

The sponsorship agreement will see players visit fans at the Retirement Concept communities throughout the season. HarbourCats and Retirement Concepts will also work together to enter a float in the upcoming Victoria Day Parade, along with Wilson’s Transportation. Retirement Concepts will be a prime name that fans will see at the park throughout the season.

“We are pleased to be able to support the HarbourCats and foster a relationship that provides our residents with a unique opportunity to enjoy great entertainment while supporting the success of a local sporting organization,” said Retirement Concepts spokesperson Jennie Deneka, VP of Operations.

“We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Retirement Concepts in a way that will see residents and their families enjoy each other’s company at Royal Athletic Park throughout the 2016 season,” said Jim Swanson, Managing Partner with the Victoria HarbourCats. “Seniors are some of our best fans and to allow them to enjoy the game and cheer along with fans from every generation is very special to us.”

HODGSON TO PROVIDE PLAY BY PLAY COVERAGE IN 2016

The HarbourCats also nailed down their broadcast play-by-play duties for 2016 and have named Jonathan Hodgson as the new ‘Voice of the HarbourCats’ for all online broadcasts throughout the 2016 season.

Hodgson, a native of Okotoks, AB now living in Cobble Hill, BC, joined the HarbourCats in December as Baseball and Communications Advisor. He has taken a leading role in official team communications and website content, while also working alongside managing partner Jim Swanson in an advisory capacity for a wide range of areas, including baseball operations with head coach Graig Merritt.

Hodgson brings a wealth of experience to the organization and an impressive baseball resume. The 24-year-old was previously the broadcast voice of the summer-collegiate Okotoks Dawgs for eight seasons, from 2008-15. During those years he also produced all written content for the team’s website and helped manage their social media platforms.

“I am extremely excited to be named ‘Voice of the HarbourCats,” said Hodgson. “I would like to thank Jim Swanson, our ownership group and the entire organization for presenting me the opportunity to represent the HarbourCats in this platform. I am excited to immerse myself into the West Coast League, which has a reputation as a very high caliber of baseball, and bring our broadcast viewers along for the exciting ride of the HarbourCats season.”

“I have been blown away by this organization from day one,” Hodgson said. “There is an outstanding people-first culture here that helps create an extremely enjoyable atmosphere and brings out the best in all of us. Victoria has an unquestionable passion for baseball, and this organization is relentless in their pursuit of excellence in everything they do, so I see this as a perfect situation. The people of Victoria can be perfectly confident that the HarbourCats are and will be relentless in their efforts to represent the community in the best way possible.”

SEASON TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

HarbourCats season tickets are continuing to sell quickly and sales of 10-packs and single-game tickets are progressing at a brisk rate. Fans are encouraged to secure your seats as soon as possible as selection continues to become increasingly limited as the season approaches

“We are extremely excited about 2016, our fourth season in Victoria,” said Managing Partner Jim Swanson. “With the season so close, tickets have been selling very quickly, so we recommend that you act fast to secure your seats and make sure you are a part of our grand slam season.”

To buy season tickets, call the office (778-265-0327) or stop in at 101-1814 Vancouver Street.

OFFICE HOURS

The team office at 1814 Vancouver Street (across from RAP) has returned to in-season hours. Assistant GM Brittany French is in the office and ready to assist fans with all ticket purchasing and can take care of any other requests and questions fans may have.

MONDAY-FRIDAY – 9:00am-5:00pm

SATURDAY – 10:00am-2:00pm

SUNDAY – Closed (Except by appointment)

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