Story and photographs by Glenn Ivens (www.javalon.smugmug.com)
The Victoria Mariners Premier Baseball team had one of those weekends when everything comes together and you can’t help but win. The pitching staff had strong outings, the bats came alive, the defence played well and it all lead to the Mariners sweeping double headers 10-0 and 2-0 against the Abbotsford Cardinals on Saturday and 5-1 and 4-2 against the White Rock Tritons on Sunday.
Saturday the Abbotsford Cardinals rolled into town and the M’s sent Colton Wood to the mound for game one with the Cards countering with Ryan Rufh.
Woods, who had a tough outing in the Mariner’s season opener in Nanaimo, has found his groove and only given up 4 hits since then. Things continued to go well on Saturday as he shut down the Abbotsford crew going all 5 innings in a 10-0 mercy rule victory.
The Mariners sent Colton Wood to the mound in Game 1 while the Cardinals countered with Ryan Rufh. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Mariners’ bats seem to be getting hot as they combined for 9 hits, add to that a Cardinals defence that had more holes in it then a slice of Swiss cheese, and you have the perfect recipe for a win.
Matt Bryan gets a hold one during BCPBL action at Henderson Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Drayson Lum led the way for Victoria going 2 for 3 with a pair of RBI’s. Brendan Somers also chipped in with a pair of RBI’s and Mathew Wellington was also 2 for 3 at the dish.
Mariners’ Drayson Lum had a strong game at the plate against the Carindals on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Game 2 saw more of a pitcher’s duel with Nate McKinlay on the bump for the M’s and Koo Daniel for the Cardinals. McKinlay earned the win going 6 1/3 innings giving up just 2 hits while striking out 4.
Ty Russell dives back to the bag to avoid getting picked off at 1st base. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Mariners did manage to get 5 hits off Daniels with Daryl Blaskovitch leading the way with a RBI double.
Sunday saw sunny skies and calm winds at Henderson Park as the Mariners prepared to battle the White Rock Tritons.
Riley Rebitt, know more as a closer, got the start for the Mariners while Joel Lamont took the hill for the Tritons with Rebitt going 5 innings allowing 1 run off 3 hits to earn a 5-1 win.
Riley Rebitt unloads against the White Rock Tritons during BCPBL action at Henderson Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The hits kept coming for the Mariners bats as they knocked out 7 more, with National Junior team member Jesse Hodges going 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI’s and Brendan Somers also hitting in a pair of RBI’s.
Game 2 saw the Mariners go with rookie Kaelin Norris-Jones and the Tritons went with Adam Shumka.
Norris-Jones had a strong outing allowing 1 run off 3 hits while Shumka gave up 4 runs off 5 hits. Erik Phillips got the win for the Mariners coming into close out the final innings.
Jesse Hodges is set for contact against the White Rock Tritons. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Hodges continued to hold the hot bat with an RBI double while Ty Russell knocked out a double to sit atop the BCPBL with a .462 average.
The Mariners are back in action this Thursday night when they travel to Lambrick Park to take on the cross town rival Eagles. This should be a barn burner as these teams don’t like each other and the Mariners are one spot up on the Eagles in the standings. Game time is 6:00pm.
Nathan Donaldson lays down the bunt during weekend BCPBL action at Henderson Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens)