West Coast League’s All-Star baseball game nearly here

Five Victoria HarbourCats represent North Division in Tuesday’s West Coast League All-Star Game at Royal Athletic Park.

Five Victoria HarbourCats baseball players will represent the host North Division team in Tuesday’s West Coast League All-Star Game at Royal Athletic Park.

The home run derby starts at 5 p.m., followed by the All-Star Game at 7 p.m.

Twenty-five players per team will take the field with the North Division team led by the HarbourCats coaching staff.

Saanich product Austin Russell leads the HarbourCats quintet of Alex DeGoti, Alex Real, Scott Kuzminsky and Ty Provencher. Kelowna Falcons all-star Darren Kolk is also originally from Victoria.

The South will be coached by the league’s 2012 champion Wenatchee AppleSox coaching staff.

Players are selected by a combination of votes from the Major League Scouting Bureau, WCL head coaches and fans.

This year’s event is hosting a special guest: legendary Major League Baseball general manager Pat Gillick, who orchestrated the Toronto Blue Jays back-to-back world series wins in 1992 and 93, as well as the 2001 Seattle Mariners, which tied the all-time regular season win record with 116.

The team is also hoping to break the WCL All-Star Game attendance record of 4,156.

The HarbourCats host the Wenatchee AppleSox tonight (July 19), Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m.

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