Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens -ISN (www.javalon.smugmug.com)
Victoria, BC – The last time the Victoria Mariners and Victoria Eagles met up in BCPBL play they were unable to determine a winner as darkness fell on Henderson Park after 9 innings of play. Both teams took to the field again on Thursday night to complete the game and then do battle in their 3rd match up of the season.
The M’s sent Daryl Blaskovitch to the mound to start what would be the 10th inning while the Eagles countered with Daniel Bednarski.
Daryl Blaskovitch got the start or finish on the mound for the Mariners in the completion of their May 29 game against the Eagles. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Eagles would threaten early when Alex Hendra-Brown smacked a one out double to left field, then RJ Forbes reached 1st after being struck by a pitch. Blaskovitch was then able to get Brad Van Wyk to ground into a double play to end the threat and the inning.
Mariners’ Chris Fougner dives back to the bag as Eagles’ Kurt Horne awaits throw in BCPBL action at Henderson Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Mariners came to bat in the bottom of the 11th inning with one goal in mind, to get the win. Bednarski walked the first two batters he faced – junior call up Chris Fougner and Blaskovitch – then he was called for a balk advancing the runners to 2nd and 3rd.
Jesse Hodges of the Victoria Mariners avoids the tag of Victoria Eagles Brendan Miller to record stolen base in BCPBL action on Thursday night. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
With none out and runners in scoring position Mariners manager Mike Chewpoy called for the ‘Suicide Squeeze’. Fougner took off as the pitch headed for the plate and Matt Bryan was able to lay down the bunt enabling Fougner to slide home safe for the win.
The 2nd game saw Jesse Hodges head to the hill for the Mariners and the Eagle countered with Brendan Miller.
Jesse Hodges would get the Mariners on the board first with an RBI single in the 1st inning. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Mariners would get on the board first when Hodges helped his own cause with a single that scored Blaskovitch from 2nd. They would build on that lead in the 2nd inning when Morgan Varley crossed the plate off a Fougner single to open up a 2-0 lead.
Morgan Varley tags the bag for the force out at 2nd base against the Eagles’ Sam Stevenson in BCPBL action. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Eagles would cut the lead in half in the 4th inning when Forbes hit for a single that scored Vinny Martin but that was all they could muster. The Mariners added an insurance run in the 6th when Morgan Varley crossed the plate off a Matthew Wellington single.
Mariners’ Nate Donaldson gets caught at the plate by Eagles catcher Gobind Sall during 2nd inning of BCPBL game at Henderson Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Hodges earned the win going 5 innings allowing 2 hits with 4 strike outs, Colton Wood earned the save giving up just 1 hit and striking out 2 in 2 innings of work.
Colton Wood got the save for the Mariners coming in two pitch the final 2 innings against the crosstown rival Eagles. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Mariners have a firm hold on 4th spot in the BCPBL standings while the Eagles have dropped back to the 8th and final playoff spot.
The Mariners head to Parksville on Saturday for a double header with the Royals before heading home to take on the Nanaimo Pirates at 12pm and 2:30pm at Layritz Park on Sunday. The Eagle play host to the Okanagan Athletics for a four game set on Saturday and Sunday at Lambrick Park. Game times for Saturday are 3:30pm and 6pm and Sunday 10am and 12:30.