MEDIA RELEASE, for immediate release
July 19, 2014
In keeping with the Victoria HarbourCats’ mandate to work with all areas of the community, and certainly with all partners in the baseball and sports communities, the West Coast League team is pleased to announce an upcoming event.
The HarbourCats and City of Victoria have arranged for the two finalists in the four-team Victoria senior baseball league, known as the “Mavericks League”, to play Game 2 of their league championship series at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park.
The first pitch of the game, part of a best-of-three final series between the Jays and A’s, is scheduled for 6:30pm on Thursday, July 24. Game 1 of the series goes the night before, with Game 3, if needed, to be played on Friday.
“We were pleased to put this idea to league president Lanny Burrows, and the players are excited to get to play on the same great field the HarbourCats call home,” said HarbourCats General Manager Jim Swanson, a former Assistant Commissioner of the B.C. Senior Baseball Association.
“The City of Victoria does a great job of having our field in premium condition, and we know the Jays and A’s will enjoy being in the venue for one game. They normally play at the great Lambrick fields, but this will be fun for everyone. Our schedule allowed this opportunity, and the HarbourCats are looking after arrangements to make this possible.”
There will be no admission charged that night. Concession services will not be open.
“We are working to arrange for the teams to have pre-game batting practice and give a full pro-style experience. It will be fun to watch this level of baseball at our field for this one night,” said Swanson.
Among the notable players on the Jays roster are ex-pro player John Margaritis, plus Matt Bryan and Eric Hegadoren, who were 10-day contract players earlier this season, and Ty Russell, who was on the 2013 HarbourCats roster. The Jays also use 70-year-old pitcher Terry Tweedy, who is a bit of a local legend in men’s baseball. On the A’s, a notable name is Charlie Strandlund, an assistant coach with the HarbourCats.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, call Jim Swanson, 250-889-5204