Eagles and Cardinals Split Battle of the Birds

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

The Victoria Eagles salvaged their 4-game BCPBL weekend by defeating the Abbotsford Cardinals 7-3 Sunday after losing the first game of their doubleheader at Lambrick Park 5-0.

Victoria (ISN) – After dropping a pair of games Saturday to Langley and then mustering just 3 hits in a 5-0 loss to the Abbotsford Cardinals in Game 1 Sunday, the Victoria Eagle’s offence finally came to life by pounding out 10 hits and defeating the Cardinals 7-3 in Game 2 at Lambrick Park.
 

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Eagle baserunner Mitch Hawkins is tagged out by Abbotsford’s Coleton Besse during Game 2 action Sunday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

The Eagles Game 2 outburst was led by Vinny Martin and Gobind Sall who had a pair of hits each, including a solo home run by Sall in the bottom of the first. Both Martin’s hits keyed a 2-run second and 2-run third inning that put the Eagles up 4-1 after three innings.
 

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Gobind Sall would have a solid game behind the plate and add a solo home run to the Eagles 7-3 win Sunday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

The Cardinals would get to Eagle starter Mackenzie Catto for a pair of runs in the top of the 4th inning to pull within one, but Sall’s home run in the bottom of the inning added some insurance, and another 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning put the game away for the Eagles.
 

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Mackenzie Catto would have a solid start for the Eagles and get the win Sunday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

Riley Edmonds came on in relief for the Eagles in the 5th inning and he was another reason the Eagles cruised to the win, shutting down the Cardinals over the last 3 innings, allowing just 2 hits, one walk and striking out 4.
 

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Riley Edmonds would pitch 3 scoreless innings to close out the Eagle’s 7-3 win Sunday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

The Game 2 win was crucial for the Eagles, as they were completely shut down in Game 1 by Abbotsford’s Matthew Forsythe who spun a 3-hitter for the Cardinals, walking just two and striking out 10 Eagle batters in the 5-0 win.
 

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Abbotsford’s Matthew Forsythe was brilliant Sunday, tossing a 3-hitter and striking out 10 in the Cardinals 5-0 win (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).
 

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Victoria’s Brendan Miller was solid through 4 innings until the Cardinals scored in the 5th (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)

His counterpart on the mound, Eagle starter Brendan Miller, also held his own through the first 4 innings, getting some help from his defence who turned a pair of double-plays, but the Cardinals offence struck for 3 runs in the 5th and another 2 runs in the 6th to put the game away.
 

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Eagle shortstop Vinny Martin turns one of two double plays early in Game 1 Sunday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

The Cardinal’s Tyler Krahn led the way in this game going 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs and combined with a 3 for 4, 2 RBI performance in Game 2, put together a monster of a day for Abbotsford.
 

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Abby’s Tyler Krahan had a monster of a day, going 5 for 8 with 4 RBIs on Sunday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

With the split, the Eagles record moves to 9-7, good enough for 5th place, while the Cardinals move to 5-9 and sit in 10th.

The Eagles next game is an always anticipated match-up with the cross-town rival Victoria Mariners on Thursday May 10th at 6:00 pm at Lambrick Park.
 

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Eagle shortstop Vinny Martin puts the tag on Cardinal runner Tyler Krahan (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).


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