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HarbourCats win series on second straight shutout in Corvallis

Jonathan Hodgson

The Victoria HarbourCats (12-13) have been pitch-perfect the last two nights, shutting out the Corvallis Knights (14-10) in consecutive games after a 4-0 victory on Wednesday night.

It was left-hander Jack Owen’s (Auburn) turn to pace Victoria to victory at Goss Stadium in Corvallis.

The rising freshman southpaw was brilliant in his third start of the season for the HarbourCats. Owen pitched seven scoreless innings allowing just two hits and two walks while recording a season-high eight strikeouts.

Owen’s efforts were supported by just enough offense from the bats. A run in the top of the first proved to be all Victoria would need, and was supplemented by single runs in the fifth, eighth and ninth innings.

The HarbourCats were led by a two-hit, two-RBI night for center fielder Andrew Shaps (Chico State) in his debut for Victoria. Third baseman Davis Wendzel was the other HarbourCat with two hits, and also scored a pair of runs.

Right-handers Noah Prewett (San Diego) and Indigo Diaz (Iowa Western CC) each pitched a scoreless inning in relief for the HarbourCats.

The HarbourCats outhit Corvallis, 11-3 in the win.

Victoria’s 5-0 win on Tuesday, followed by Wednesday’s victory are the first two shutouts of the season for the team’s pitching staff.

Owen earned the win (3-0) for the HarbourCats, while left-hander Jordan Horak took the loss (3-1) for Corvallis, allowing two earned runs on six hits over five innings with two walks and four strikeouts.

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Up next for the HarbourCats is the highly anticipated Canada Day homestand.

The Cowlitz Black Bears visit Victoria for a three-game series beginning on Thursday, June 29 at 6:35 pm with BC Ferries Employee Night at the ballpark, and finishing with a 1:05 pm start on Saturday, July 1.

Friday, June 30 is one of the highlights of the regular season at RAP with Friday Night Fireworks presented by Wilson’s Transportation. The spectacular 18-minute fireworks display, which is set up on the field, will follow shortly after the final out of the HarbourCats and Black Bears game, which begins at 6:35 pm.

Fireworks games are always a hot ticket and fans are encouraged to secure their seats in advance by visiting the HarbourCats office or ordering tickets online: https://t.co/8fTF63alFb

The series finale against Cowlitz takes place at 1:05pm on Canada Day, Saturday, July 1. Skydivers will drop in to signal the first pitch, and ‘Zamboni Man’ Marko Kardum will return to RAP to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

Following the game, fans (18 and above) are invited to attend a postgame function hosted by Yates Street Taphouse. Summer is already in full swing in the Capital City, and the Harbour City, and so too is baseball season!

ADDED GAME -- On Monday, July 3, at 5pm at RAP in Victoria, the HarbourCats will play the Victoria Mavericks, a team comprised of players looking to be part of the host entry for the Baseball Canada Men’s Championship in August at RAP.

LHP Claire Eccles will start for the HarbourCats, and the Mavericks lineup is expected to boast Griffin Andreychuk and Kyle Orr, among other notable senior baseball stars in Victoria and Vancouver Island.

The game is free for season ticket holders, with their seats held for them. Game tickets to see Eccles face Andreychuk, Orr and the Mavericks are available online through harbourcats.com/tickets

Complete ticket information is available at www.harbourcats.com/tickets

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