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Vancouver Community will play North Delta while Carnarvon will play Richmond in the 2 semifinal games tomorrow
morning at Palmer fields in Richmond. Both games will take place at 10 am. The winners will advance to the championship game at 2 pm. It has been a great three days of baseball and Sunday should be no different. BC Baseball invites everyone out to watch these games and especially the 2 pm finale.

John Main Tournament Continues Today

The 2017 John Main Tournament Continues today in Richmond at Palmer/Garden City Baseball Fields. The 16 Teams will conclude their Round Robin games today, with the Semi-Finals starting Sunday at 10am and the Championship Game being played Sunday at 2pm.

For up-to-date scores & standings visit the John Main Tournament Page.

Following province wide tryouts and a 3 day development camp BC Baseball is pleased to announce the 2017 roster for their 13U Selects team which will compete in the 13U Triple Crown’s Tri-Cities Slugfest – Pasco/Richland/Kennewick June 17 – 18, 2017:

Player Home Association
Dominic Biello Greater Victoria Baseball Association
Myles Chamberlain Greater Victoria Baseball Association
Nathan Cheng Vancouver Community Baseball
Cardel Dick Abbotsford Harball Association
Sean Dobrowolsky Cloverdale Minor Baseball
Carter Hall Campbell River Minor Baseball
Ryan Heppner Tsawwassen Minor Baseball
Quentin Kobes Abbotsford Hardball Association
Brandon LeBlanc Duncan Junior Baseball
Kyle Losse Tsawwassen Minor Baseball
Adam Vulcano Cloverdale Minor Baseball
Willy Wilson North Delta Baseball
Jacob Zibin Prince George Minor Baseball

Alternates
Auguste Turner Vancouver Community Baseball
Everett Swaim Richmond City Baseball
Parker Fleming Central Okanagon Minor Baseball Association
Ayden Hadley North Langley Baseball

Coaches:
Jimmy Vulcano Cloverdale Minor Baseball
Clayton Hall Campbell River Minor Baseball
John Braaten Richmond City Baseball

The document 13U Team BC Roster Announcement was attached to this post.

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The 15U Camp that is being held in Richmond June 2-4 will be lead by ex MLB player Reggie Smith.

Here is Dave Empey’s recent article on Reggie. Reggie Smith, the Epitome of a Winner

There is a lot to like about Reggie Smith.

For openers, he is not a slave to technology, which seems to rule the world of baseball these days. We are inundated with endless stats, some of them very useful, but a lot as limp as a wet dishrag. I still don’t know what WAR means.

“Computers and statistics cannot tell you what’s inside a person,” Reggie says. “I wanted to drive in 100 runs and score 100. If I got close to those numbers, that’s how I judged if I had a good year. Things like slugging percentage didn’t mean anything to me. It was what I contributed to winning ball games, like the opposing manager pitching around me. My on-base percentage only mattered if I was able to score. If you aren’t scoring, what good is it?”

Amen and Hallelujah. Someone who gets it.

Smith will be here on June 2-4 to instruct at BC Baseball’s 15U development camp where 41 players will compete for a spot on the team for the Great Lakes Classic in Chicago.

The 1977 Topps Reggie Smith card, available on ebay Seven Times an All-star

Smith, 72, is a borderline Hall of Famer, an all-star seven times, and one of the greatest switch hitters ever, with a career average of .287 and 314 home runs. What’s more, he was also a roadblock defensive outfielder and a renowned team leader.

His perspective is refreshing. “We played more for the love of the game. I’ve seen players pushed into baseball by their parents because of the money. I’ve seen players walk away from it for that very reason. They didn’t love the game and were playing it because someone else wanted them to.”

When it comes to winners Reggie Smith is at the head of the class. In his 17 big league seasons his teams played over .500 baseball 15 times. “I felt whatever team I went to got better. I took pride in wanting to be the best player I could possibly be but, more importantly, I would do whatever it took to win. If you look at guys like Frank Robinson, wherever they went, they made those teams better.”

He played with and against a truckload of legendary talent, including Bob Gibson, Carl Yastrzemski, Lou Brock, Ernie “Let’s play two” Banks, Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, Billy Williams and Earl Wilson. “A true superstar to them was the player who made his team a winner. I’m not talking about players who want to go to a winner. I’m talking about players who could go to a team and make them winners. That was something that was pounded into me.”

1977 Dodgers were Loaded

He thinks the 1977 Dodgers, who finished 10 games on top, were the best team he ever played for. “We had everything. Never before had there been a team with four guys to hit 30 home runs — and if Rick Monday hadn’t gotten hurt we would have had five. We had pitching, speed, defense, power and hitting. We had guys who knew how to play the game and knew how to win. It was fun, because the game was usually over by the fifth inning.”

His outfield arm was a Winchester rifle. “I took pride in guys not being able to turn the corner. Pitchers used to tell me how much they appreciated that. I didn’t have as many assists as a lot of other outfielders, but Tommy Lasorda said, ‘Who is going to run on you?’ They stopped running on me, and that was more important to me than anything else.”

Smith’s passion for the game undoubtedly engulfs his baseball academy in Encino, California. “My purpose in life is to teach. My goal is to share the things I’ve learned. I set up foundations to help kids who want to play baseball and go to school. I want to give back.”

He’ll be giving back right here in the first week of June. And a whole lot of 15U players will be receiving the education of a lifetime.

LINE DRIVES—Reggie Smith has been known to brawl a little bit. In 1978 Dodger pitcher Don Sutton voiced his opinion that Reggie was more valuable to the club than first baseman Steve Garvey, who didn’t agree. It led to a clubhouse wrestling match between Smith and Garvey, a split decision either way…And three years later a Giants fan named Michael Dooley made the mistake of taunting Reggie and then throwing a batting helmet at him. Making like Ty Cobb on a mission, Smith jumped into the Candlestick Park stands and threw some punches at Dooley. Reggie was ejected from the game and Dooley was arrested…Only five months later Smith signed with the Giants as a free agent but we have no record of how Dooley felt about that…Smith finished his career playing two seasons in Japan with the Yomiuri Giants.

The 41 Players invited to the 15U camp

Cody Hendriks, Jamie Buckle, Joey Houston, Marlo Spence,
Noah Thomas, Ryan McCarthy, Jacob Wegner, Derian Potskin,
Diego Colebourne–Urcuyo, Connor McIntosh, Tyler Burton,
Nathan Berrington-Dom, Kyle Hepburn, Thomas Baybay,
Boston Warkentin, Grayden Hunter, Lucas Longoria,
Taiki Suzuki, Kenneth Sugi, Jonathan McGill, Max Yuen,
Joshua Siemens, Ronnel Castro, Jude Hall, Thomas Richards,
Finn Crozier, Logan Domanski, Nathan Sawyer, Keegan Lott,
Dane Giesbrecht, Scott Kang, Nathan Yeung, Oliver Para,
Ethan New, Eathan Powell, Brady Fehlauer, Sean Heppner,
Braedy Euerby, Michael Weibe, Aaron Gibson, Tyler Mendoca.
15 players will travel to Chicago for the Great Lakes Wood Bat Classic, July 6-9.

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BC Baseball would like to congratulate the following players who have moved on to the next phase of the 15U Selects team selection process. The players listed are being invited to the Development Camp being held June 2-4, 2017. This camp will be lead by former MLB player Reggie Smith. 15 camp attendees will be picked to represent BC Baseball in Chicago July 6-9 at the Great Lakes Wood Bat Classic

Players Name
Cody Hendriks, Jamie Buckle, Joey Houston,, Marlo Spence, Noah Thomas, Ryan McCarthy, Jacob Wegner
Derian Potskin, Diego Colebourne – Urcuyo, Connor McIntosh, Tyler Burton, Nathan Berrington-Dom
Kyle Hepburn, Thomas Baybay, Boston Warkentin, Grayden Hunter, Lucas Longoria, Taiki Suzuki
Kenneth Sugi, Jonathan McGill, Max Yuen, Joshua Siemens, Ronnel Castro, Jude Hall, Thomas Richards
Finn Crozier, Logan Domanski, Nathan Sawyer, Dane Giesbrecht, Keegan Lott, , Scott Kang, Nathan Yeung
Oliver Para, Ethan New, Eathan Powell, Brady Fehlauer, Sean Heppner, Braedy Euerby, Michael Weibe
Aaron Gibson, Tyler Mendoca.

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Team Canada left-hander set to become WCL’s first female player

BREAKING NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 16, 2017

VICTORIA, B.C. – It is a landmark day for the Victoria HarbourCats, as the West Coast League club is proud to announce the signing of left-handed pitcher Claire Eccles, who is set to become the first female player in WCL history.

LHP Claire Eccles, University of British Columbia, Sophomore, Surrey, BC

Eccles, 19, represented Canada at the 2016 Women’s Baseball World Cup in South Korea last September, making two appearances including a complete game in her one start. In 8.2 innings pitched in the tournament, Eccles allowed just two hits while striking out five batters. Canada finished the Women’s Baseball World Cup in second place, capturing the silver medal.

“I’m extremely excited to be getting the opportunity to play at such a high level of ball, and being the first female in Canada to do so,” said Eccles. “The HarbourCats seem like an amazing organization and I can’t wait to play for them. As much as this is an accomplishment for myself, I can’t help but realize that this is a step in the right direction for any girl with a dream of playing baseball. There’s a bigger picture out there.”

“On behalf of the Women’s National Team program, we would like to congratulate Claire and wish her success with the HarbourCats this season,” said Andre Lachance, manager of Baseball Canada’s Women’s National Team.

A graduate of Elgin Park Secondary in Surrey, B.C., Eccles batted .293 as a sophomore outfielder for the University of British Columbia softball team this spring. A fellow outfielder on the team is Mackenzie Siddall, daughter of Toronto Blue Jays radio broadcaster and former major league player Joe Siddall.

“We are excited to add Claire to the HarbourCats, and can’t wait to see her getting a chance to throw for us and compete for innings out of the bullpen,” said Brad Norris-Jones, General Manager of the HarbourCats. “Claire has competed at and been successful at many levels of the game, playing against both women and men, and we think her poise on the mound and experience internationally will give her a chance to get the outs we need.”

“The West Coast League is about providing opportunities,” said Tony Bonacci, Acting President of the West Coast League and President of the Cowlitz Black Bears. “We are all looking for talented, competitive players to improve our ball clubs. Claire has demonstrated both, and we congratulate her and the HarbourCats on what is a tremendous opportunity for both of them.”

Eccles, listed at 5-8, will be introduced to the media at a press conference in Victoria on Tuesday, May 16 at 1:00pm Royal Athletic Park, and will help the team unveil the new uniforms that will be worn for games this season under new Head Coach Brian McRae.

Eccles will be with the HarbourCats throughout the season, but commitments with Team Canada and elite softball programs will take her away at times. She is scheduled to join the HarbourCats in Victoria on June 6 prior to their game against the Wenatchee AppleSox.

The HarbourCats open the 2017 WCL season on June 1 on the road against the WCL’s newest team, the Port Angeles Lefties. Their home opener at Royal Athletic Park is June 5 when the Wenatchee AppleSox visit Victoria.

Single game tickets are available at the HarbourCats office and online: https://t.co/8fTF63alFb

2017 SEASON TICKETS

More than 60,000 fans attended HarbourCats games in 2016 for an average of 2,239 fans per game, which led the West Coast League and ranked ninth in all of North America among summer-collegiate clubs. Secure your favorite seat today for the 2017 season.

Seating location and pricing (Fees and taxes included) options are as follows—

CAMPBELL REAL ESTATE CLUB SEATS (Padded & served. First two rows of Grandstand.)
$589.50 (SOLD OUT)

DIAMOND CLUB SEATS (Added in 2016)
$589.50 (SOLD OUT)

MAIN GRANDSTAND (Section 10, covered)
$426.75

PREMIUM SEATING (Sections 6-7-8-9-11-12, blue bucket seats)
$405.75

GENERAL ADMISSION (Silver bleachers, picnic areas, wheelchair seating, soccer grandstand)
$300.75

*All prices listed are base price, and do not include fees or GST.

Visit the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street or call (778)-265-0327 to purchase season tickets or for more information. You can also email brittany@harbourcats.com for further details, or go to the team website at harbourcats.com.

HOMEWARD BOUND PET FOOD DELIVERYOFFER EXTENDED

Any purchase of a HarbourCats season ticket or 10-pack during the month of May will include a free bag of dog or cat food from Homeward Bound Pet Food Delivery.

10-packs include 10 un-dated vouchers to be redeemed for game tickets (pending availability) in any combination.

Visit http://www.homewardboundpetfood.com and Homeward Bound Pet Food Delivery Victoria on Facebook.

2017 SEATTLE VACATION

The HarbourCats are staging their second consecutive fan vacation to Seattle in 2017 to see the Blue Jays take on the Mariners.

The 2017 vacation takes place June 9-11, 2017 and will include:
· Travel on Wilson’s Transportation buses from to and from Victoria and Seattle. Ferry cost also included.
· Field level tickets for all three Blue Jays @ Mariners games at Safeco Field.
· Two nights at the Hilton Embassy Lynnwood.

Total cost is $798 per person (based on double occupancy). Different rates available for triple as well as single occupancy.

Registration for HarbourCats season ticket holders is $725 (based on double occupancy). The trip is not expected to interfere with the HarbourCats home schedule, as the team is expected to be on the road during this time.

To register, contact Carey Shelby at Flight Centre (1-866-299-5614) or carey.shelby@flightcentre.ca

OFFICE HOURS

The HarbourCats office (1814 Vancouver Street, 778-265-0327) is open and operating under off-season hours.

May office hours:

MONDAY-FRIDAY – 9:00am – 5:30pm
SATURDAY-SUNDAY – Closed (Except by appointment)

Jim Swanson (Managing Partner, Victoria HarbourCats) 778-265-0327
Brad Norris-Jones (General Manager, Victoria HarbourCats) 250-888-2003
Brittany French (Assistant GM, Victoria HarbourCats) 778-265-0327

JIM SWANSON, Managing Partner
VICTORIA HARBOURCATS BASEBALL CLUB
Member of the West Coast League
101-1814 Vancouver Street, Victoria, BC V8T 5E3
Office — 778-265-0327
Cell — 250-889-5204
Fax — 778-265-0332
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jim@harbourcats.com
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