Last Playoff Spot Goes to HarbourCats

The Victoria HarbourCats were scoreboard watching Monday night, and rooting hard for South first-half and second-half South champs Corvallis vs. Wenatchee at the AppleSox home park Paul Thomas Sr. Field. Victoria needed the Knights to beat Wenatchee to advance to the North Divisional Series vs. Kelowna tomorrow; and it was all cheers for the Cats as the Knights routed the Sox 12-1.

The loss dropped Wenatchee to 14-13 and left Bellingham and Victoria at the top of the North with 15-12 records. Victoria owned the tie-breaker with the Bells, giving the HarbourCats the second-half North title. The Cats will host the Kelowna Falcons tomorrow night at Royal Athletic Park. For more details, please visit www.harbourcats.com.

In the South, Corvallis and Yakima Valley start their best-of-three divisional series at Yakima County Stadium on Tuesday, August 8. First pitch is set for 7:05 pm.

ABOUT THE WEST COAST LEAGUE

The West Coast League is the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi. The 13-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. 82 players with WCL experience were selected in the MLB 2017 June draft. In 2016, more than 230 WCL alums appeared in affiliated professional baseball including 28 in the major leagues, such as 2015 home-run leader Chris Davis (Baltimore), 2015 NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Matt Duffy (Tampa Bay) and rising star pitchers Matt Andriese (Tampa Bay), Matt Boyd (Detroit) and James Paxton (Seattle); and outfielder Mitch Haniger (Arizona, now Seattle). Overall member attendance was 379,611 in 2016.