Story and photos by Glenn Ivens (www.javalon.smugmug.com)
The Victoria Mariners hosted the North Delta Blue Jays for their 2012 BCPBL home opener on Saturday with the Mariners coming out on top of game one 11-0 and coming up 1 run short in a 6-5 loss in game 2.
The Mariners got out to an early start in game one scoring 6 runs in the 1st inning. They would add 2 more in the 2nd and 3 more in the 3rd to stake an 11-0 lead.
The Blue Jays were unable to solve the pitching of Colton Wood and the game was called after 5 innings with the 10 run mercy rule coming into effect.
Side arm chucker Nicholas Gardler got the start for the Mariners in Game 2. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Colton Wood earned the win going all 5 innings allowing 2 hits with 4 strikeouts. Jordan Callow took the loss for the Blue Jays giving up 8 runs off 7 hits in 2 innings on the bump.
Ty Russell continued his strong play at the plate with a double and rookie Drayson Lum added a double of his own and two RBI’s to lead the Mariners. Matt Bryan and Mathew Wellington also knocked in a pair of runs each with single RBI’s going to Daryl Blaskovitch, Jesse Long and Nate Donaldson.
Jesse Long watches ball fly after making contact in BCPBL action. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Game 2 saw the Mariners open the game with a Blaskovitch double which lead to the open run and another early lead.
North Delta would answer back in the 2nd when Steven Van Vooght scored after Shoma Sasaki was hit by a pitch.
The Blue Jays would add another in the 3rd when a bomb by Mitch Boychuk was miss-played by the fielder allowing Sebastian Hayes to cross the plate for a 2-1 lead.
The Mariners pitching staff had trouble in the 4th inning and starter Nicholas Gardler was replaced with Graeme Godfrey after giving up a walk to the opening batter. Godfrey struggled to find the zone and the Blue Jays put up 3 more runs to stake a 5-1 lead.
Victoria Mariners Graeme Godfrey delivers a pitch during BCPBL game action against the North Delta Blue Jays. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Mariners did get a pair of runs back in the bottom of the 4th when David Warren scored off a Blaskovitch single and Evan Willow scored off a passed ball.
North Delta to a 6-3 lead in the 6th inning when Clint Taylor hit a double to the fence then later scored off a sacrifice fly to center field.
Victoria made things interesting in the bottom of the inning when with 2 out they got a pair of walks, a double steal put the runners into scoring position and a single by Morgan Varley scored both to trail 6-5.
Evan Willow is safe at 3rd base as North Delta’s Mitch Boychuk is unable to come up with the ball. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Mariners were unable to put any more runs on board and finished their home opener with the split.
Blue Jays catcher Bryan O’Hara (R) gives some encouragement to closer Brett Sakaki during game against Victoria Mariners. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Mariners are back in action today with a double header against the Coquitlam Reds games at 11 and 1:30 at Henderson Park.