HarbourCats release 2017 schedule


VICTORIA, B.C. – The Victoria HarbourCats are very pleased to release the team’s schedule for the 2017 schedule.

The schedule includes 54 West Coast League regular season games with all 27 home games played at Royal Athletic Park. The HarbourCats will also play an additional three non-league home games at Royal Athletic Park.

The coming season will see the introduction of a new opponent with the Port Angeles Lefties joining the WCL.  Port Angeles represents a new geographic rival for Victoria, separated by only a ferry sailing across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The distance between the home plates — 22.29 miles.

The HarbourCats open the season in Port Angeles on June 1 as they provide the opposition for the Lefties’ first ever game at Civic Field. It will be the only WCL game played that day.

Opening Night at Royal Athletic Park is scheduled for Monday, June 5 with the Wenatchee AppleSox in town to begin a three-game series.

The HarbourCats will play the Kitsap BlueJackets at 1:05pm on Fathers’ Day Sunday, June 18. It will be the first non-league game of the season with Kitsap, a former long-time member of the WCL, now in the Pacific International League.

School Spirit Day, which was immensely successful in 2016, returns on Monday, June 19 when the HarbourCats play a special 12:05 matinee against Port Angeles. School groups totalling more than 1,600 students attended the inaugural School Spirit Day in 2016.

The defending WCL Champion Corvallis Knights will be in Victoria on June 20-22. It will be the Knight’s first visit to Royal Athletic Park since 2014.

HarbourCats fans will again have the chance to celebrate the Canada Day Weekend at the ballpark with the Cowlitz Black Bears in town for a three-game series June 29-July 1.  Fireworks will again highlight ‘Canada Day Eve’ following the 6:35pm game on June 30 and will be followed up by a Canada Day matinee at 1:05pm on July 1.

Fireworks Nights are always a fan favourite and will return in 2017 with further dates to be determined.  HarbourCats fireworks displays rival the best pyrotechnic shows in Victoria with a spectacular 18-minute display set up in centerfield following the baseball game.

The Burnaby Bulldogs will play their first-ever games against the HarbourCats, with a two-game weekend series on July 15-16.  Game times will be 6:35pm and 1:05pm.

The all-star break will take place July 17-18. The Yakima Valley Pippins will host the 2017 WCL All-Star Game at Yakima County Stadium on July 18.

The HarbourCats’ Canadian cousins, the Kelowna Falcons are in Victoria on July 25-27 and the home schedule concludes with a series against the Bellingham Bells, 2016 playoff opponent of the HarbourCats, July 31-August 2.

The 2017 regular season concludes with a two-game series in Port Angeles on August 5-6.

The WCL playoffs, should the HarbourCats qualify, consist of two best-of-three series beginning August 8.