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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

The Victoria Mariners built a 6-0 lead and survived a ninth inning rally by the Victoria Eagles to hold on to a 6-4 win Good Friday afternoon in BC Junior Premier Baseball League pre-season action at Lambrick Park in Victoria.

Pitching was the dominating factor early in this game as the Eagles Jason Heckl (2 innings) and Tony Ebbs-Canavan (2 innings), and the Mariners Dan Phillips (3 innings) and Dallas Patterson (1 inning pitched), held their opponents scoreless through the first four innings.

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The Mariner’s Dan Phillips would pitch three scoreless innings to help lead Victoria to a 6-4 win over the Victoria Eagles Friday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

In the top of the fourth, the Mariners would get to Eagles pitcher Sam Caouette and jump into a 3-0 lead thanks in part to a Tanner Hess’s RBI single and a Dakota St.Laurent sacrifice fly.

The Mariners would add three more runs over the course of the next few innings and would take a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth before the Eagles would rally, with Graeme Chong singling to knock in the first Eagle run. The Eagle rally would fall short though and the Mariners would finish with the 6-4 win.

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Victoria’s Tanner Hess would have a pair of singles and 2 RBIs to lead the Mariner offence (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

For the Mariners, Hess led the way with a pair of singles and 2 RBIs, while Chris Fougner (double), Mitch Bryan, Mike Varley, Evan Badry and Nick Dawson also had hits.

In addition to Chong, Jordan Parmar, Zane Takhar and Mitch Hawkins also had singles.

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The Eagles Jason Heckl (left) and Tony Ebbs-Canavan each pitched a pair of scoreless innings to keep the Mariners off the board through four innings of play (Photos by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

The Junior Premier Eagles open their BCJPBL season next Saturday April 14th at 12 Noon at Lambrick Park with a double header against the Nanaimo Pirates. The Junior Premier Mariners open on the road, also on the 14th, when they travel to Vancouver to face the Cannons. The Mariners open at home at Henderson Park when they face White Rock on April 29th at 12 Noon.