WATCH: Victoria’s Jason Willow is just a few weeks removed from his freshman season down at U.C. Santa Barbara, but the NCAA prospect is already making an impact with his hometown Victoria HarbourCats.
The Lambrick Park Secondary grad was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 35th round of the MLB draft last summer, but passed on the opportunity to go pro and went the NCAA route instead, looking to improve his draft stock down south.
After a successful season in California, Willow has returned home for the summer to play for the HarbourCats, who will rely heavily on the third baseman’s bat and defence throughout the season.
In his first game in a HarbourCats uniform on Friday night, Willow smacked a first-pitch fastball over the left-field wall at Royal Athletic Park, giving the HarbourCats a 5-4 lead, and helping the ‘Cats hold onto a 6-5 win in the first of their three-game series against the Bellingham Bells.
The HarbourCats continue their series with the Bells tonight at Royal Athletic Park, before wrapping things up on Sunday afternoon.