It’s been a magical West Coast League (WCL) season so far for the Victoria HarbourCats and that magic continued at Royal Athletic Park (RAP) on Thursday, June 30, as the HarbourCats rolled to an unprecedented 18th win in a row with a 9-1 win over the Kelowna Falcons. The win clinched the first-half North Division title for the HarbourCats, putting them into the playoffs for the first time in their four-year history.
If that weren’t enough, in addition to clinching the title and adding to their WCL record 18-game winning streak, the HarbourCats set another WCL record on Thursday, as 5,133 fans – the largest crowd in WCL history – spilled through the gates at RAP to enjoy the action and then take in a 18-minute Canada Day fireworks show after the game.
The HarbourCats look to continue their winning ways when they continue their 4-game set with the Falcons with a doubleheader on Canada Day, July 1 at RAP with first pitch at 1:00pm. The all-Canadian series then wraps up on Saturday, July 2 at 6:35pm.
ABOUT THE WEST COAST LEAGUE
The West Coast League is the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi. The 12-year-old, 11-team, professionally operated wood-bat league located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest features pro prospects from major conferences across the nation and an unparalleled history out west of great fan and player experiences in addition to the best summer weather in North America. In 2015, 59 players with WCL experience were selected in the MLB June draft, and more than 200 WCL alums appeared in affiliated professional baseball including 25 in the major leagues, such as home-run leader Chris Davis (Baltimore), NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Matt Duffy (San Francisco) and rising star pitchers Matt Andriese (Tampa Bay) and Josh Osich (San Francisco). Overall member attendance exceeded 400,000 in 2015. The 2016 54-game campaign opens tonight.