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By Wayne Downey

Vancouver (ISN) – The Victoria Junior Mariners received a 9 inning pitching performance from Zack Downey last Saturday to defeat the Vancouver Cannons 8-7 in 14 innings in game one of their BC Premier League doubleheader in Vancouver.

The Victoria Jr Mariners had a real nailbiter Sunday afternoon in the first game of a double header against the Vancouver Cannons.

The Mariners got of to a rough start and after the 2nd inning, trailed by 4 runs.

Zack Downey was brought into pitch in the 3rd and proceeded to throw 86 pitches over the next 9 innings, allowing only 3 hits and 1 run scored on a overthrow error by the first baseman in the 4th inning.

The Mariners managed to pick away at the lead, scoring 2 runs in the 2nd, 2 more in the 4th to trail 5-4.  In the 6th, the Mariners would score again thanks to a timely single by Mitch Bryan that got him on base, following which he moved around the bases to score and tie up the game 5-5.

The game remained tie until the 14th inning when the Cannons came through with some big hits and scored 3 on a pair of doubles and a single to to take an 8-5 lead.

In the bottom of the inning, the Mariners responded as Jesse Mycock had a single and Dan Phillips was hit by a pitch to put two on base. Mitch Bryan came through with a 2-RBI single and stole his way to 3rd. Mike Varley came to bat and hit a beautifully placed single which brought Bryan home, tying the game at 8-8.

The Cannon pitcher then made a throwing error, trying to catch Varley stealing 2nd base and Varley bolted home with the game winning run.

The Mariners would carry their momentum from the big win into the second game which they won with score of 11-4.