HarbourCats take over Cowichan’s Evans Park for free game

Duncan Junior Baseball is hoping for a huge crowd this Sunday as the Victoria HarbourCats take over Evans Park for an exhibition contest at 1 p.m. "We’re very excited," president Kevin Olender said. "This is something we’ve been looking forward to for a long time."

Thanks to contributions from several generous sponsors, the game will be free for anyone who wants to attend, although donations will be welcome.

"What we’re trying to do is promote the game of baseball for kids who might not otherwise get the chance to see a game," Olender explained.

The HarbourCats, a summer ball team featuring players from a number of college teams, will take on the Langley Blaze of the Pacific Metro Baseball League, a team that includes several former pro and college stars. The HarbourCats have started the West Coast League season 5-4 through last Sunday, and sit fourth in the highly competitive West Division.

Bleacher seating for the game will be limited, so spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and sit around the hillsides surrounding the field.

The day of baseball will start at 9 a.m. with wooden bat games featuring the top peewee and mosquito teams from Duncan Junior Baseball, as well as Rally Cap games. Adding to the atmosphere will be a bouncy castle and other fun fair games.

Volunteers will be selling 50/50 tickets at the game, as well as raffle tickets for a set of four VIP tickets to Sunfest, including backstage passes for the Friday show.

There is still time to enter for the $25,000 pitch-to-win competition. Sign up at any Island Savings location.

Parking at Evans Park is limited. Overflow parking will be at Mt. Prevost Elementary School.