KAMLOOPS, BC—The Kamloops NorthPaws got back in the win column but unfortunately, they were unable to capture their West Coast League series at Dearborn Ford Field at Norbrock Stadium. On Thursday (July 27), the third game of the series was cancelled with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning because of a rainstorm. The game will be replayed at a later date.
The NorthPaws and the visiting Victoria HarbourCats were battling to see who would win the series after Victoria won 2-0 on Tuesday (July 25) and the Paws won their 10 th game of the season on Wednesday (July 26) with a 6-3 victory.
Victoria leaves Kamloops with a record of 11-6 in the second half and 30-14 overall. Kamloops is 10-33 overall and 3-13 in the second half.
The NorthPaws will hop the ferry and head to Nanaimo for a three game set against the NightOwls. It’s the first time the two teams have played against each other this season.
The HarbourCats hit the road after this game to entertain the Kelowna Falcons. They play tomorrow.
All West Coast League games are available via their website: https://wcleague.watch.pixellot.tv/
Tuesday, July 25, 2023:HarbourCats 2 NorthPaws 0
The NorthPaws honored their billet parents before the contest. They saw an exciting game and a strong pitching performance from Nathan Gray (Queen Creek, AZ). Gray pitched seven strong innings, giving up two hits, one run, striking out six and walking two. Gray is 0-1 on the year in nine appearances.
The HarbourCats lost Tyler Davis (Fresno, CA) in the fourth inning. He was ejected after arguing with home plate umpire Blaise Leveay. At that point, Davis had struck out twice. He was replaced by Ryan Magdic (Beamsville, ON).
Joey Baran (Austin, TX) got the start at catcher for Kamloops and threw two base runners out in the first five innings.
Victoria opened the scoring in the seventh when Dallas Macias (Parker, Co) walked and scored on a single from Tripp Clark (Waco, TX). Clark was 3-4 in the ball game with that run batted in. Macias was 0-2 with a run scored.
Then in the eighth, Jesse Brown (Seattle, WA) doubled and scored on a wild pitch. The HarbourCats had four hits and one error. Kamloops had three hits in the ball game.
Cody Howard (The Woodlands, TX) was the third of four Victoria pitchers and got the win. He went two innings, striking out four, walking one and giving up a hit. He went to 2-0. Carson Latimer (Delta, BC), pitched the final two innings getting his second save in 11 appearances. He walked two and struck out one.
Offensively for Kamloops, Drew Giannini (Tracy, CA) was 2-4. Anthony Manuel (Antioch, CA) was 1-3.
Link to Scoresheet: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=598692
Wednesday, July 26, 2023: NorthPaws 6 HarbourCats 3
The NorthPaws snap a five-game losing streak with the victory as they pounded out 10 hits without committing an error.
Baran led the way going 2-3 with three runs batted in and a run scored. Two of those runs came in the bottom of the first inning on a double as he drove in Cooper Neville (Glendale, AZ) and Robin Villeneuve (Gatineau, QC). Baran hit a double in the third inning to drive in Neville who led it off with a ground rule double as the ball got stuck in the fence in right field. Matthew Ward (Mississauga, ON) hit a 385 foot shot over the left field fence for his first homer of the summer to account for one of the other Kamloops runs. Ward was 1-3. Manuel was 2-3 with a run batted in.
New Zealand lefty MacLain Roberts improved his record to 2-6 with the win. He went five and two thirds on a five hitter, giving up three runs while walking five and striking out five.
Jed Decooman (Vancouver, BC) was the starter and losing pitcher for Victoria. He lasted three innings giving up five hits on three hits. The HarbourCats offense was led by Magdic who was 2-3 with a run scored. Clark was 1-3 with a run batted in
Link to Scoresheet: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=598693
Thursday, July 27, 2023: game cancelled due to lightning in fifth inning.
At the time of the cancellation, Victoria held a 2-0 lead with Kamloops batting with one out in the bottom of the fifth. The HarbourCats had scored both their runs in the top of the third inning when Marco Pirrcuello (Rockin, CA) advanced to first base on an error and later scored along with teammate Brandon Green (Olds, AB). Green had singled. Both players came home on an error charged to NorthPaws catcher Ward.
Alexis Gravel (Repentgny, QC) was on the mound for Kamloops at the time.
The game will be replayed before the end of the 2023 West Coast League season. Date, time and venue will be determined later.
NEXT UP FOR THE NORTHPAWS:
The North Paws will play the Night Owls in Nanaimo tomorrow (July 28) through to Sunday (July 30)
They return home to host Kelowna on August 1st before going to Elks Stadium in the “Little Apple” to meet the Falcons for their final two road games of the West Coast League season.
If you can’t make the home games, they are all webcast on https://wcleague.watch.pixellot.tv/ . Some home games will also be shown on Shaw TV in Kamloops (Cable 10 or 105 with Blue Curve).
PLAYERS TO WATCH ON NANIAMO:
1. Jakob Fleury (Burlington, WA) leads Nanaimo with 4-0 record coming out of the bullpen. He has an E.R.A. of 2.32 in 10 appearances.
2. Payton Robertson (Lynden, WA) is 4-1 with an E.R.A. of 3.68. He has started seven of the eight games he has appeared in.
3. Wylie Waters (West Vancouver, BC) is ninth in the West Coast League in batting average (.343) with 18 R.B.I.
4. Aaron Marsh (Nanaimo, BC) is 19th in the West Coast League with a batting average of .313 with 16 R.B.I.
5. Ethan Rivera (Chino Hills, CA) has a team leading four home runs.
The Molson’s Tailgate Party is operating before every NorthPaws home game. It runs Tuesday through Saturday 5-630 PM. The Party runs Sundays noon-1 PM. Hotdogs and a Pilsner are sold for $ 12.00 plus tax.