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The Victoria HarbourCats finished the first half of their West Coast League baseball season with a sweep of the very competitive Bellingham Bells in Bellingham.

“They are a key rival and they’ve had a strong first half, good message to our entire group that we can be right there with the best of the league,” said HarbourCats owner Jim Swanson. “Coaches are working to get the message through and we like how we are sitting now going into the second half. This is a tough league, not easy to win any night, so being prepared and getting good pitching is key.”

The HarbourCats now sport a record of 14-13 and ended the first half in third place in the North Division behind only the Kelowna Falcons and the Bells – the Bells won the first half division title, ensuring post-season play no matter how they perform during the second half-season. The Bells ended up 18-8 and the Falcons 14-12.

In the South Division the Portland Pickles went 17-8 to take the first half, while Corvallis Knights finished second at 13-10 and Walla Walla Sweets at 15-12 for third.

For the second half of the season, all teams start with a clean slate.

Victoria will now hop on the bus and return home for a brief two game non-league series against the Seattle-area collegiate team Highline Bears on July 5 and 6. Both games are are scheduled for 6:35pm at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park.

North Division W L PCT GB STREAK LAST 10
Bellingham Bells  18 8 0.692 2L 7-3
Kelowna Falcons 14 12 0.538 4 2L 7-3
Victoria HarbourCats 14 13 0.519 4.5 3W 5-5
Wenatchee AppleSox 10 12 0.455 6 2W 6-4
Port Angeles Lefties 11 15 0.423 7 1W 3-7
Yakima Valley Pippins 10 16 0.385 8 5L 2-8
South Division W L PCT GB STREAK LAST 10
Portland Pickles 17 8 0.680 6W 8-2
Corvallis Knights 13 10 0.565 3 1L 4-6
Walla Walla Sweets 15 12 0.556 3 3L 5-5
Cowlitz Black Bears 9 16 0.360 8 3L 2-8
Bend Elks 7 20 0.259 11 3L 4-6
North Division W L PCT GB STREAK LAST 10
Kelowna Falcons 1 0 1.000 1W 1-0
Port Angeles Lefties 2 1 0.667 1L 2-1
Yakima Valley Pippins 0 0 0.000 0-0
Victoria HarbourCats 0 0 0.000 0-0
Wenatchee AppleSox 0 0 0.000 0-0
Bellingham Bells  0 1 0.000 1 1L 0-1
South Division W L PCT GB STREAK LAST 10
Bend Elks 3 0 1.000 3W 3-0
Portland Pickles 0 0 0.000 0-0
Cowlitz Black Bears 0 0 0.000 0-0
Walla Walla Sweets 0 0 0.000 0-0
Corvallis Knights 0 0 0.000 0-0

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