‘Harbour Derby’ to open 2017 Nationals
It’s an event like no one in Victoria has seen before -- home runs, being hit into the ocean. Splash hits that will mark the opening of the Baseball Canada Men’s Championship in the B.C. capital.
On the evening of Wednesday, August 23, some of the best power hitters from across Canada will be representing their provinces, hitting batting practice pitches for home runs into the water between the cruise ship piers. The event is sponsored by Victoria Mobile Radio, in partnership with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, and with charitable proceeds going to the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation.
“This is something that has been done in a few places before, but never in Canada that we’re aware of, and we’re excited for how this will really help us make a big splash, pardon the pun, for the start of the men’s national tournament,” said Chair Gary Beyer.
“Ten home run hitters, hitting towering blasts over the home run line, to be declared the best home run hitter in Canada -- it will be a lot of fun and it will be a unique event that Victoria can really get excited about.”
The “Harbour Derby with Victoria Mobile Radio” will be free to the public, with White Spot supplying food options. Kayakers will be in the water retrieving all the baseballs.
The schedule is now set for the tournament as well -- the path to one of 10 teams winning the gold medal at the Baseball Canada Men’s Championship, featuring provincial champions from across the country. The host team is the Victoria Mavericks, comprised of local players with top pick-ups from Vancouver Island and B.C., while the 2016 provincial-champion Burnaby Bulldogs will represent B.C.
Details on remaining teams will be announced soon, so fans can be familiar with the competition for this event.
The 26-game tournament, being coordinated by a host committee and supported by the HarbourCats, will take place in Victoria on August 24-27. Royal Athletic Park, home of the Victoria HarbourCats, will serve as the primary field hosting 18 games including the entire playoff Sunday. The remaining games will be played at Lambrick Park, and all games there are free admission.
The schedule will see seven games played each of the first two days, August 24-25, with a total of nine of those games played at Royal Athletic Park. Eight games will be played on Saturday, August 26, five at Royal Athletic Park.
Playoff Sunday calls for the first semi-final game to take place at 9:00 A.M. on August 27 with the second semi-final following at 12:00 P.M. The bronze medal game begins at 4:00 P.M. and finally the gold medal game will take place at 7:00 P.M.
Every game on playoff Sunday will take place at Royal Athletic Park. The full tournament schedule is below and also available at: http://harbourcats.com/
2017 BASEBALL CANADA MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Wednesday, August 23
Victoria Mobile Radio presents the HARBOUR DERBY at Ogden Point, 6pm
Thursday, August 24
9am -- Newfoundland vs. Nova Scotia, RAP
9am -- Alberta1 vs. Ontario2, Lambrick Park
Noon -- Ontario1 vs. Alberta2, RAP
Noon -- Manitoba vs. New Brunswick, Lambrick Park
3pm -- Alberta1 vs. British Columbia, RAP
3pm -- Ontario2 vs. Nova Scotia, Lambrick Park
6:15pm -- Opening Ceremonies, RAP
7pm -- Feature game, New Brunswick vs. Victoria, RAP
Friday, August 25
9am -- Nova Scotia vs. British Columbia, RAP
Noon -- Victoria vs. Ontario1, RAP
Noon -- Manitoba vs. Alberta2, Lambrick Park
3pm -- British Columbia vs. Ontario2, RAP
3pm -- Newfoundland vs. Alberta1, Lambrick Park
6pm -- New Brunswick vs. Ontario1, Lambrick Park
7pm -- Alberta2 vs. Victoria, RAP
Saturday, August 26
8am -- Ontario2 vs. Newfoundland, RAP
8am -- Ontario1 vs. Manitoba, Lambrick Park
11am -- Nova Scotia vs. Alberta1, RAP
11am -- Alberta2 vs. New Brunswick, Lambrick Park
2pm -- Victoria vs. Manitoba, RAP
2pm -- British Columbia vs. Newfoundland, Lambrick Park
5pm -- Quarterfinal, RAP
8pm -- Quarterfinal, RAP
Sunday, August 27
9am -- Quarterfinal Winner vs. Pool A Winner, RAP
Noon -- Quarterfinal Winner vs. Pool B Winner, RAP
4pm -- Bronze Medal Game, RAP
7pm -- Gold Medal Game, RAP (followed by closing ceremonies)
Tournament passes are on sale now for the Diamond Club (field-level) seats, Campbell Real Estate Club Seats, and Main Grandstand (Section 10) areas only. Full tournament pass cost is $150. Without a tournament pass, spectators will not be able to sit in those prime locations.
Day-pass ticket sales will be available in the near future.
Tickets are available at the Victoria HarbourCats office (101-1814 Vancouver Street) and by calling the office at: 778-265-0327.
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