Baseball

On Saturday (April 7) at Surrey’s Holly Park, the all-female B.C. Badgers (BC Senior Women’s Baseball) will be playing their first game in the LMBA’s 45+ Division against the men of the Surrey Sun Devils. (Photo submitted)

‘History in making’ as B.C. women’s hardball team joins men’s division

All-female B.C. Badgers will play in 45+ division in move to further development of female baseball

On Saturday (April 7) at Surrey’s Holly Park, the all-female B.C. Badgers (BC Senior Women’s Baseball) will be playing their first game in the LMBA’s 45+ Division against the men of the Surrey Sun Devils. (Photo submitted)
Victoria HarbourCats batter Po-Hao Huang takes a cut against the Kelowna Falcons during the 2017 West Coast League seasion. He moved up to the Taiwan national team this summer, but four other Taiwanese players join the Cats for 2018. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Victoria HarbourCats to welcome Cuban nationals in 2018

Exhibition game, two pitchers part of this year’s baseball program

Victoria HarbourCats batter Po-Hao Huang takes a cut against the Kelowna Falcons during the 2017 West Coast League seasion. He moved up to the Taiwan national team this summer, but four other Taiwanese players join the Cats for 2018. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Challenger Baseball is coming to Victoria and Esquimalt, with home field at the National Little League park at Cook and Hillside.  baseball.ca

Baseball accessibility boosted at Victoria’s National Little League

Challenger Baseball program prepares for inaugural season at city park

Challenger Baseball is coming to Victoria and Esquimalt, with home field at the National Little League park at Cook and Hillside.  baseball.ca
Jackson Smith Peterson, left, and Victoria Capitals baseball teammate Brandon Caven flank Capitals coach Reese Caven in the all-purpose field at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre. The boys will play for the fledgling Senior Division team this season.   Don Descoteau/Victoria News

New youth baseball club taking root in Victoria

Players who age out of Little League will now be able to stick together

Jackson Smith Peterson, left, and Victoria Capitals baseball teammate Brandon Caven flank Capitals coach Reese Caven in the all-purpose field at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre. The boys will play for the fledgling Senior Division team this season.   Don Descoteau/Victoria News
B.C. grabs gold in Baseball Canada nationals in Victoria

B.C. grabs gold in Baseball Canada nationals in Victoria

Adopted home team scores early in final, hangs on to beat New Brunswick 5-3

B.C. grabs gold in Baseball Canada nationals in Victoria
Victoria Mavericks Mitch Davidoff lets fly, pitching in the eighth inning against Manitoba on Saturday at the Baseball Canada men’s national championships at Royal Athletic Park. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Mavericks look forward to next year’s baseball nationals in Victoria

Host squad finishes with a flurry, but fails to make playoffs

Victoria Mavericks Mitch Davidoff lets fly, pitching in the eighth inning against Manitoba on Saturday at the Baseball Canada men’s national championships at Royal Athletic Park. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Kyle Orr and the Victoria Mavericks remain in the hunt for the playoff round at the Baseball Canada Men’s National Championships in Victoria this weekend. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Victoria Mavericks still in hunt for playoff spot at men’s baseball nationals

Games go all day today and Sunday at Royal Athletic Park

Kyle Orr and the Victoria Mavericks remain in the hunt for the playoff round at the Baseball Canada Men’s National Championships in Victoria this weekend. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Kyle Orr of the Victoria Mavericks watches his hit sail into the water at Ogden Point, while spectators do the same. The Baseball Canada Men’s National Championships Harbour Derby home run contest happened Wednesday night on the waterfront, but none of the competitors managed a qualifying hit due to a strong headwind. The tournament runs Thursday through Sunday at Royal Athletic and Lambrick parks. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Home run derby at Victoria’s Ogden Point won by the wind

Sluggers from provincial representatives stymied by a stiff ocean breeze

Kyle Orr of the Victoria Mavericks watches his hit sail into the water at Ogden Point, while spectators do the same. The Baseball Canada Men’s National Championships Harbour Derby home run contest happened Wednesday night on the waterfront, but none of the competitors managed a qualifying hit due to a strong headwind. The tournament runs Thursday through Sunday at Royal Athletic and Lambrick parks. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Victoria HarbourCats were prominent in the West Coast League season-end awards, announced this week. Jack Owen (from left), was named the WCL’s top pitcher, while outfielder Hunter Vansau and pitcher Adam McKillican, along with catcher Shane McGuire and pitcher Travis Kuhn (not shown) were named to the all-WCL second team. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

HarbourCats’ Owen named West Coast League’s top pitcher

Victoria left-hander was tough to score against this baseball season

Victoria HarbourCats were prominent in the West Coast League season-end awards, announced this week. Jack Owen (from left), was named the WCL’s top pitcher, while outfielder Hunter Vansau and pitcher Adam McKillican, along with catcher Shane McGuire and pitcher Travis Kuhn (not shown) were named to the all-WCL second team. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Victoria HarbourCats managing partner Jim Swanson, here accepting a Victoria Mavericks hat from league president Lanny Burrows, was among the local baseball minds who assembled the Mavericks team competing in this week’s Baseball Canada Men’s National Championships at Royal Athletic and Lambrick parks. Veteran infielder Burrows is on the roster along with many other well-known local baseball products. Photo by Christian J. Stewart/victoriamavericks.net

Victoria Mavericks set to host Baseball Canada men’s nationals

Host team one of 10 competing at Royal Athletic and Lambrick parks this week

Victoria HarbourCats managing partner Jim Swanson, here accepting a Victoria Mavericks hat from league president Lanny Burrows, was among the local baseball minds who assembled the Mavericks team competing in this week’s Baseball Canada Men’s National Championships at Royal Athletic and Lambrick parks. Veteran infielder Burrows is on the roster along with many other well-known local baseball products. Photo by Christian J. Stewart/victoriamavericks.net
Bringing in Claire Eccles this season as the first female player in West Coast League baseball history was among the bold moves made by the Victoria HarbourCats in 2017. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

WCL season a win despite finals loss for Victoria: Swanson

Fans, business community, players continue to be attracted by HarbourCats program

Bringing in Claire Eccles this season as the first female player in West Coast League baseball history was among the bold moves made by the Victoria HarbourCats in 2017. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Victoria HarbourCats starting pitcher Adam McKillican takes high fives after finishing off an inning in Saturday’s game 1 of the West Coast League championship series against Corvallis at Royal Athletic Park. The Cats won 5-4 with an RBI single by Po-Hao Huang in the bottom of the ninth. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Victoria squeaks out WCL final victory with walk-off single in game 1

Po-Hao-Huang slaps big single to centre to score Andrew Schaps for winning run

Victoria HarbourCats starting pitcher Adam McKillican takes high fives after finishing off an inning in Saturday’s game 1 of the West Coast League championship series against Corvallis at Royal Athletic Park. The Cats won 5-4 with an RBI single by Po-Hao Huang in the bottom of the ninth. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Andrew Schaps rounds second for the Victoria HarbourCats in West Coast League playoff action Tuesday at Royal Athletic Park. North Division playoff champ Victoria hosts South champion Corvallis game 1 in the best-of-three West Coast League championship final this Saturday at RAP. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

HarbourCats finale Saturday should be Victoria’s hot ticket

West Coast League baseball final opens at Royal Athletic Park tomorrow night

Andrew Schaps rounds second for the Victoria HarbourCats in West Coast League playoff action Tuesday at Royal Athletic Park. North Division playoff champ Victoria hosts South champion Corvallis game 1 in the best-of-three West Coast League championship final this Saturday at RAP. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Michael Dunahee and his younger sister, Caitlin. The four-year-old boy vanished from Blanshard Elementary School 26 years ago.                                 Contributed photo

Michael Dunahee Slo-Pitch Tournament of Hope back for 26th year

“Hit Homers for Hope” in Victoria Aug. 12 and 13.

  • Aug 11, 2017
Michael Dunahee and his younger sister, Caitlin. The four-year-old boy vanished from Blanshard Elementary School 26 years ago.                                 Contributed photo
Victoria HarbourCats batter Po-Hao Huang takes a cut against the Kelowna Falcons. Huang hit a home run and knocked in five runs to lead the HarbourCats to an 11-5 victory Wednesday in Kelowna. The win gave Victoria a 2-0 sweep of the North Division playoff series and a berth into the West Coast League championship series. Game 1 goes Saturday against either Corvallis or Yakima Valley, with the South winner determining where the opener will be played. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Historic Victoria baseball win moves team to WCL championship final

HarbourCats sweep Kelowna, will play either Yakima Valley or Corvallis in best of three

Victoria HarbourCats batter Po-Hao Huang takes a cut against the Kelowna Falcons. Huang hit a home run and knocked in five runs to lead the HarbourCats to an 11-5 victory Wednesday in Kelowna. The win gave Victoria a 2-0 sweep of the North Division playoff series and a berth into the West Coast League championship series. Game 1 goes Saturday against either Corvallis or Yakima Valley, with the South winner determining where the opener will be played. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Victoria HarbourCats slugger Harrison Bragg takes a mighty cut in West Coast League playoff action Tuesday at Royal Athletic Park. He homered for the third time in two games as Victoria beat Kelowna 8-2 to take game 1 of the best-of-three North Division final. Game 2 goes Wednesday in Kelowna with game 3, if necessary, scheduled for Thursday. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Victoria strikes first in WCL baseball playoffs

HarbourCats down Falcons 8-2 in North Division opener, can clinch series in Kelowna tomorrow

Victoria HarbourCats slugger Harrison Bragg takes a mighty cut in West Coast League playoff action Tuesday at Royal Athletic Park. He homered for the third time in two games as Victoria beat Kelowna 8-2 to take game 1 of the best-of-three North Division final. Game 2 goes Wednesday in Kelowna with game 3, if necessary, scheduled for Thursday. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Lefties’ second baseman Bryan Hill is tagged out by HarbourCats’ pitcher Radd Thomas in Sunday’s West Coast League baseball game at Civic Field in Port Angeles, won 17-16 in 11 innings by the Lefties. The HarbourCats captured the North Division second half title and open the playoffs tonight (6:35 p.m., Aug. 8) at home against Kelowna. Jay Cline/Black Press

Playoff time in Victoria: HarbourCats host Kelowna tonight at RAP

Baseball action extended for ‘Cats in West Coast League

Lefties’ second baseman Bryan Hill is tagged out by HarbourCats’ pitcher Radd Thomas in Sunday’s West Coast League baseball game at Civic Field in Port Angeles, won 17-16 in 11 innings by the Lefties. The HarbourCats captured the North Division second half title and open the playoffs tonight (6:35 p.m., Aug. 8) at home against Kelowna. Jay Cline/Black Press
A Trail baserunner slides safely into home against Beacon Hill in Thursday night action at the Little League B.C. Championships in Victoria. The host team won 7-4, after Trail went ahead 3-2 in the fifth inning. Trail finished with a 1-5 record at the tournament. Don Descoteau/Black Press

Beacon Hill Little League keeps spirit of the game alive following B.C. championships

The team fell in the semi finals to White Rock in little league championship action.

  • Aug 2, 2017
A Trail baserunner slides safely into home against Beacon Hill in Thursday night action at the Little League B.C. Championships in Victoria. The host team won 7-4, after Trail went ahead 3-2 in the fifth inning. Trail finished with a 1-5 record at the tournament. Don Descoteau/Black Press
Victoria HarbourCats reliever James Bradwell in action versus the Kelowna Falcons during West Coast League baseball action at Royal Athletic Park. The home team let a 4-0 lead slip away late Tuesday and wound up losing 6-5 in 11 innings.The Cats and Falcons are back at it Wednesday and Thursday at RAP, starting at 6:35 p.m. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Victoria HarbourCats have a target on their back

North Division leaders overtaken late by Kelowna, lose in 11

Victoria HarbourCats reliever James Bradwell in action versus the Kelowna Falcons during West Coast League baseball action at Royal Athletic Park. The home team let a 4-0 lead slip away late Tuesday and wound up losing 6-5 in 11 innings.The Cats and Falcons are back at it Wednesday and Thursday at RAP, starting at 6:35 p.m. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Prospective baseball and softball players (Triangle Baseball team members shown here with Harvey the HarbourCat) in financial need will be supported through the new HarbourCats Foundation. Photo by Christian J. Stewart/Victoria HarbourCats

HarbourCats Foundation aims to boost Victoria-area baseball and softball numbers

Group partnering with Victoria Foundation to get started

Prospective baseball and softball players (Triangle Baseball team members shown here with Harvey the HarbourCat) in financial need will be supported through the new HarbourCats Foundation. Photo by Christian J. Stewart/Victoria HarbourCats