Claire Eccles named starting pitcher for Sunday

Female lefty to face Kitsap BlueJackets, Father’s Day now a doubleheader starting at 12:35pm

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Claire Eccles

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Victoria HarbourCats today are announcing key details of Sunday’s plans for Father’s Day baseball at Royal Athletic Park.

The Kitsap BlueJackets of the Pacific International League, formerly a West Coast League team, will provide the opposition for what is now going to be a double-header with two seven-inning games.

First pitch for the first game is 12:35pm, and the second game will start right after that. One ticket provides admission for both games. (The game, originally to be started at 1pm, has been changed to 12:35pm to allow for the two seven-inning games and to better align with ferry schedules.)

Claire Eccles, the left-handed pitcher from UBC who recently became the first female to pitch in the West Coast League when she threw two innings against the Wenatchee AppleSox, allowing one hit and two runs, will get her first start at this level, taking the mound for the first game.

“This is a great way for families to spend Father’s Day, celebrating all the dads and enjoying the ballpark atmosphere on a Sunday afternoon,” said Brad Norris-Jones, General Manager of the HarbourCats.

“Claire will get a real chance to show everyone what she can do, and we’re excited for the reception she’ll get from fans who have been overwhelmingly supportive of her since she joined the team.”

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