Baseball

Nanaimo NightOwls manager Greg Frady speaks via Zoom from his home in Florida at a coaching announcement this week. (Nanaimo NightOwls/Zoom image)

Nanaimo NightOwls baseball team announces first manager

Greg Frady signed to five-year contract to coach West Coast League franchise

Nanaimo NightOwls manager Greg Frady speaks via Zoom from his home in Florida at a coaching announcement this week. (Nanaimo NightOwls/Zoom image)
The renovation of Nelson’s Queen Elizabeth Park is receiving a grant from The Toronto Blue Jays. Photo: Tyler Harper

Toronto Blue Jays award $117,000 to revitalize B.C. ballpark

Nelson was the only B.C. community to receive the grant

The renovation of Nelson’s Queen Elizabeth Park is receiving a grant from The Toronto Blue Jays. Photo: Tyler Harper
Toronto Blue Jays play an MLB intersquad baseball action in Toronto on Friday, July 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Toronto Blue Jays play an MLB intersquad baseball action in Toronto on Friday, July 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Nanaimo baseball player Josh Laukkanen, who played in the West Coast League last summer, models the Nanaimo NightOwls’ new home uniform, as Ney-te the NightOwl also gets in the picture. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Victoria baseball club’s new Nanaimo rival team unveils NightOwls name

West Coast League baseball club will play ball under the lights next season

Nanaimo baseball player Josh Laukkanen, who played in the West Coast League last summer, models the Nanaimo NightOwls’ new home uniform, as Ney-te the NightOwl also gets in the picture. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Baseball’s back: MLB sets 60-game schedule

Play to resume July 23 or July 24 in empty ballparks

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
Union de Reyes facing the Cowichan Valley Mustangs at Evans Park in Duncan during its visit to Vancouver Island in 2018. (File photo)

Cuban baseball journey takes a different twist for Island players

Touring team prevented from any game action at the start of COVID-19 restrictions

Union de Reyes facing the Cowichan Valley Mustangs at Evans Park in Duncan during its visit to Vancouver Island in 2018. (File photo)
New charity ballgame to mark Doug Hudlin Day in Victoria

New charity ballgame to mark Doug Hudlin Day in Victoria

Late, beloved longtime umpire to be honoured with Hudlins vs. Fernwood game, June 8 at RAP

New charity ballgame to mark Doug Hudlin Day in Victoria
Members of the Coquitlam Angels, representing B.C., celebrate their 4-2 win over the host Victoria Mavericks in Sunday night’s Baseball Canada men’s national championship game at Royal Athletic Park. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Mavericks’ miracle cut short by Team BC at men’s baseball nationals

Host team rallies for four straight wins, loses final 4-2 to Coquitlam Angels

Members of the Coquitlam Angels, representing B.C., celebrate their 4-2 win over the host Victoria Mavericks in Sunday night’s Baseball Canada men’s national championship game at Royal Athletic Park. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Victoria HarbourCats’ Ryan Ober leaps to grab a throw as a Portland player dives into second base, during Wednesday night’s West Coast League baseball game at Wilson’s Group Stadium in Victoria. The Pickles posted a 10-3 victory to eliminate the Cats from playoff contention on the last day of the regular season. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Baseball’s HarbourCats wind up WCL season with loss to Pickles

Victoria needed a win to make the league playoffs, now looks ahead to 2019

Victoria HarbourCats’ Ryan Ober leaps to grab a throw as a Portland player dives into second base, during Wednesday night’s West Coast League baseball game at Wilson’s Group Stadium in Victoria. The Pickles posted a 10-3 victory to eliminate the Cats from playoff contention on the last day of the regular season. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Players and volunteers at National Little League celebrate the Doug Hudlin Challenger Baseball program, which received a $15,000 grant from the Jays Care Foundation for dugout improvements at the park relating to accessibility, security and weatherproofing. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

WATCH: Jays Care brings good news to National Little League

Toronto MLB club’s foundation grants $15,000 to help Challenger Baseball program at Victoria park

Players and volunteers at National Little League celebrate the Doug Hudlin Challenger Baseball program, which received a $15,000 grant from the Jays Care Foundation for dugout improvements at the park relating to accessibility, security and weatherproofing. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Mainland squads get better of Beacon Hill at Little League provincials

Mainland squads get better of Beacon Hill at Little League provincials

Whalley winds up capturing baseball crown in Trail on Saturday

Mainland squads get better of Beacon Hill at Little League provincials
WATCH: Busy exhibition weekend follows WCL sweep for HarbourCats

WATCH: Busy exhibition weekend follows WCL sweep for HarbourCats

Victoria baseball club prepares to close out regular season, gunning for playoff spot

WATCH: Busy exhibition weekend follows WCL sweep for HarbourCats
The victorious Central Saanich minors all-stars hoist the District 7 Little League championship trophy, which they won with a 4-3 extra-innings win over Beacon Hill on Sunday at National Little League’s Jerry Hale Field. Photo by Greg Descantes

LITTLE LEAGUE: Central Saanich downs Beacon Hill in extra-inning final

District 7 Minors all-star baseball tournament has thrilling finish, provincials go this weekend

The victorious Central Saanich minors all-stars hoist the District 7 Little League championship trophy, which they won with a 4-3 extra-innings win over Beacon Hill on Sunday at National Little League’s Jerry Hale Field. Photo by Greg Descantes
Members of the late Doug Hudlin’s extended family gathered on Doug Hudlin Day June 11 at Jerry Hale Field, home of National Little League, to celebrate the hanging of a banner honouring the longtime local baseball umpire and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. A similar banner will be unveiled this Sunday (June 17) at the Victoria HarbourCats game at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Doug Hudlin Day, round 2, brings banners to honour longtime umpire

Memory of late Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer to be kept alive

Members of the late Doug Hudlin’s extended family gathered on Doug Hudlin Day June 11 at Jerry Hale Field, home of National Little League, to celebrate the hanging of a banner honouring the longtime local baseball umpire and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. A similar banner will be unveiled this Sunday (June 17) at the Victoria HarbourCats game at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Port Angeles Lefites base runner Matthew Christian dives safely back into third base after overrunning the bag, as Victoria HarbourCats infielder Tanner Haney’s (11) looks to toss the ball to Clyde Chung-Chi Yen for the tag. The Lefties overcame a 6-1 deficit to win 8-6. Don Descoteau/Black Press

Sun shines on visitors in HarbourCats’ exhibition opener

Victoria in Port Angeles tonight for second half of West Coast League home-and-home

Port Angeles Lefites base runner Matthew Christian dives safely back into third base after overrunning the bag, as Victoria HarbourCats infielder Tanner Haney’s (11) looks to toss the ball to Clyde Chung-Chi Yen for the tag. The Lefties overcame a 6-1 deficit to win 8-6. Don Descoteau/Black Press
The Victoria HarbourCats may not see 2017 top slugger Hunter Vansau back in the lineup for a while, but the University of Mississippi outfielder is planning on returning to the Island once his season with the Ole Miss Rebels ends. Photo Christian J. Stewart/Courtesy Victoria HarbourCats

PLAY BALL: HarbourCats test WCL waters with exhibitions, open season at home Friday

New-look Victoria looks to improve on successful 2017 baseball season

The Victoria HarbourCats may not see 2017 top slugger Hunter Vansau back in the lineup for a while, but the University of Mississippi outfielder is planning on returning to the Island once his season with the Ole Miss Rebels ends. Photo Christian J. Stewart/Courtesy Victoria HarbourCats
On Saturday (April 7) at Surrey’s Holly Park, the all-female B.C. Badgers (BC Senior Women’s Baseball) will be playing their first game in the LMBA’s 45+ Division against the men of the Surrey Sun Devils. (Photo submitted)

‘History in making’ as B.C. women’s hardball team joins men’s division

All-female B.C. Badgers will play in 45+ division in move to further development of female baseball

On Saturday (April 7) at Surrey’s Holly Park, the all-female B.C. Badgers (BC Senior Women’s Baseball) will be playing their first game in the LMBA’s 45+ Division against the men of the Surrey Sun Devils. (Photo submitted)
Victoria HarbourCats batter Po-Hao Huang takes a cut against the Kelowna Falcons during the 2017 West Coast League seasion. He moved up to the Taiwan national team this summer, but four other Taiwanese players join the Cats for 2018. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Victoria HarbourCats to welcome Cuban nationals in 2018

Exhibition game, two pitchers part of this year’s baseball program

Victoria HarbourCats batter Po-Hao Huang takes a cut against the Kelowna Falcons during the 2017 West Coast League seasion. He moved up to the Taiwan national team this summer, but four other Taiwanese players join the Cats for 2018. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Challenger Baseball is coming to Victoria and Esquimalt, with home field at the National Little League park at Cook and Hillside.  baseball.ca

Baseball accessibility boosted at Victoria’s National Little League

Challenger Baseball program prepares for inaugural season at city park

Challenger Baseball is coming to Victoria and Esquimalt, with home field at the National Little League park at Cook and Hillside.  baseball.ca
Jackson Smith Peterson, left, and Victoria Capitals baseball teammate Brandon Caven flank Capitals coach Reese Caven in the all-purpose field at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre. The boys will play for the fledgling Senior Division team this season.   Don Descoteau/Victoria News

New youth baseball club taking root in Victoria

Players who age out of Little League will now be able to stick together

Jackson Smith Peterson, left, and Victoria Capitals baseball teammate Brandon Caven flank Capitals coach Reese Caven in the all-purpose field at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre. The boys will play for the fledgling Senior Division team this season.   Don Descoteau/Victoria News