FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 12, 2016
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Victoria HarbourCats have signed outfielder Zach Diewert, a sophomore at Polk State College and product of Chemainus, B.C. for the 2017 West Coast League season. The club has also signed infielder Nick Moroney and right-handed pitchers Radd Thomas and Liam Steigerwald from UC Santa Barbara (NCAA Div. 1; Big West).
OF ZACH DIEWERT, Polk State College, (Sophomore), Chemainus, B.C., 5-11/235
INF NICK MORONEY, UC Santa Barbara, (Freshman), Danville, CA, 6/180
RHP RADD THOMAS, UC Santa Barbara, (Freshman), Newcastle, CA, 6-2/185
RHP LIAM STEIGERWALD, UC Santa Barbara, (Freshman), San Ramon, CA, 6-4/195
Zach Diewert is a sophomore at Polk State College in Florida and possesses a dangerous combination of power and speed. The Nanaimo Pirates (B.C. Premier League) alum hit .338 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs as a freshman for Polk State in 2016 and stole 26 bases without being caught stealing.
Diewert played in the Florida Collegiate Summer League in 2016 where he hit .284 with six doubles, a homerun and 14 RBIs as well as 16 stolen bases. He is drawing interest as a top recruit from multiple NCAA Division 1 programs.
Nick Moroney is a talented infielder in his freshman year at UCSB with exciting capability on both sides of the ball. Maroney hit .311 with 20 RBIs over the course of his high school career at San Ramon Valley High School, at hit over .340 in his junior and senior years. He also possesses versatility defensively with the ability to play multiple positions on the infield.
Radd Thomas is a strong right-hander who will have an opportunity to pitch meaningful innings for UCSB as a freshman in 2017. With fastball velocity that has touched 90 mph, Thomas pitched a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts during his senior season at Placer High School en route to being named a 2016 Perfect Game Honourable Mention All-American.
Liam Steigerwald is a tall freshman right-hander who was a two-sport star in baseball and basketball at California High School. Steigerwald pitched to a 2.30 ERA and ten wins during his high school career. He also pitched on the Mariners scout team in 2015.
The three new signees from UC Santa Barbara give the HarbourCats a full compliment of four Gauchos on the 2017 roster including recently re-signed outfielder Matt Lautz.
UCSB has a longstanding relationship with the HarbourCats, sending impact players to Victoria each year. 2015 fourth-overall MLB draft pick right-handed pitcher Dillon Tate signed with the HarbourCats for the 2013 season before electing to rest for the summer shortly before the WCL season.
2017 SEASON TICKETS
Season tickets for the HarbourCats 2017 season are on sale now. 2017 Season tickets purchased by November 7 include free 2017 playoff tickets.
The offer is contingent on the HarbourCats qualifying for the playoffs, which they did in 2016 after setting a league record for wins. The HarbourCats have increased their win total in each of their first four seasons.
Over 60,000 fans attended HarbourCats games in 2016 for an average of 2,239 fans per game. Secure your favorite seat today for the 2017 season.
Seating location and pricing options are as follows—
DIAMOND CLUB SEATS (Field Level Box Seats in 2016)
$550 (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 email@example.com for further details, or go to the team website at harbourcats.com.
HARBOURCATS HOTSTOVE SET FOR NOVEMBER 5
The HarbourCats Hotstove is returning and will take place Saturday, November 5 at Yates Street Taphouse.
The event will be headlined by ‘meet and greet’ as well as Q & A sessions with special guests, 16-year MLB player and current Sportsnet baseball analyst Gregg Zaun, and Sportsnet personality Sid Seixeiro.
Local personality Mira Laurence will serve as the evening’s emcee.
Tickets for the event are on sale for $50 and include admission, drink ticket and door prizes. Silent auctions will also take place throughout the evening.
There will be special offers at the Hotstove on 2017 HarbourCats tickets (vouchers) and merchandise.
Tickets are available by visiting or calling the HarbourCats office: 101-1814 Vancouver Street/(778)-265-0327. More information at: http://harbourcats.com/packages/harbourcatshotstove/
2017 SEATTLE VACATION
The HarbourCats are staging their second consecutive fan vacation to Seattle in 2017 to see the Blue Jays take on the Mariners.
The 2017 vacation takes place June 9-11, 2017 and will include:
- Travel on Wilson’s Transportation buses from to and from Victoria and Seattle. Ferry cost also included.
- Field level tickets for all three Blue Jays @ Mariners games at Safeco Field.
- Two nights at the Hilton Embassy Lynnwood.
Total cost is $798 per room (based on double occupancy). Different rates available for triple as well as single occupancy.
Registration for HarbourCats season ticket holders is $725 (based on double occupancy). The trip is not expected to interfere with the HarbourCats home schedule, as the team is expected to be on the road during this time.
To register, contact Carey Shelby at Flight Centre (1-866-299-5614) or firstname.lastname@example.org
The HarbourCats office (1814 Vancouver Street, 778-265-0327) is open and operating under off-season hours.
Off-season hours are as follows:
MONDAY-THURSDAY – 10:00am-6:00pm
FRIDAY – 10:00am-4:00pm
SATURDAY-SUNDAY – Closed (Except by appointment)