HarbourCats strike early, win rubber match over Pippins



YAKIMA, WA— The Victoria HarbourCats have no problem being ready for games, scoring first in all four games early in the season. Early offense was backed by strong relief work in a 6-2 win to take the rubber game of their three-game weekend series against the Yakima Valley Pippins.


Victoria opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning when shortstop Harry Shipley (Purdue) was hit by a pitch to lead off the game and scored on an error.

They extended their lead with a three-run third, thanks to a bases-loaded balk committed by Pippins starter John Fuqua (VMI) followed by a two-run single by center fielder Ethan Lopez (Hawaii).

HarbourCats left-handed starter Ethan Skuija (UBC) battled through his outing, walking six batters in his 3.2 innings pitched, but held Yakima Valley to just one run in the fourth inning thanks in part to inducing double-plays in each of his first three innings.

Lopez collected his game-high third RBI on a fifth-inning sacrifice fly that scored catcher Kekai Rios (Hawaii) to put Victoria ahead by a score of 5-1.

Right-handed reliever Noah Prewett (San Diego) pitched 2.1 innings in relief, allowing a run on four hits before righty Adam McKillican (UBC) took it the rest of the way, delivering three scoreless innings on three hits.

Kevin Collard (San Diego) delivered an RBI single in the seventh inning that scored Rios for the second time to cap the scoring in a 6-2 victory.

With the win, the HarbourCats take two out of three games in Yakima Valley and finish their season-opening road trip with a record of 3-1.

Prewett (1-0) picks up the win for the HarbourCats while left-handed starter John Fuqua took the loss (0-1) for Yakima Valley after allowing five runs, three earned, on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

The HarbourCats begin a three-game home-opening series against the Wenatchee AppleSox on Monday, June 5. Gates open at 5:00pm in advance of the 6:35pm first pitch to allow fans extra time to find their seats and soak in the atmosphere of Opening Night which will be full of pageantry and excitement on and off the field.

Fans are encouraged to skip the lines and buy tickets online at:

The HarbourCats and Wenatchee will continue their three game series on Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7. Both games are 6:35pm starts at Royal Athletic Park.

Tickets (single game, 10-packs, season tickets) and information are available at the HarbourCats office, by phone, and online at


Over 60,000 fans attended HarbourCats games in 2016 for an average of 2,239 fans per game, which led the West Coast League and ranked ninth in all of North America among summer-collegiate clubs.  Secure your favorite seat today for the 2017 season.

Seating location and pricing (Fees and taxes included) options are as follows—

CAMPBELL REAL ESTATE CLUB SEATS (Padded & served. First two rows of Grandstand.)


DIAMOND CLUB SEATS (Added in 2016)

$589.50 (SOLD OUT)

MAIN GRANDSTAND (Section 10, covered)


PREMIUM SEATING (Sections 6-7-8-9-11-12, blue bucket seats)


GENERAL ADMISSION (Silver bleachers, picnic areas, wheelchair seating, soccer grandstand)


*All prices listed are base price, and do not include fees or GST.

Visit the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street or call (778)-265-0327 to purchase season tickets or for more information. You can also email for further details, or go to the team website at


The HarbourCats office is located at: 1814 Vancouver Street (778-265-0327)

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MONDAY-FRIDAY – 9:00am – 5:30pm

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