Story and Photos by Glenn Ivens – ISN
The Victoria Mariners were scheduled to host the Okanagan Athletics in a pair of double headers on Saturday and Sunday but a 12-inning, three-and-a-half hour marathon Game 1, that was won 10-9 by the M’s, resulted in the teams agreeing to a triple header on Sunday.
Things kicked off on the wrong foot for the A’s when their bus broke down during the trip to town. Add to that a delay at the ferry and they rolled into Henderson Park an hour before game time. With barely enough time to change and warm up, the teams took to the field under warm, sunny skies.
The Athletics got out to a good start a single from Josh Croft followed by a double off the bat of Morgan Lofstrom lead to a sacrifice fly by Jordan Ramirez that scored Croft and put them up by 1 after ½ an inning.
Chris Fougner had a strong game for the Mariners on Saturday with a pair of hits and a pair of RBI’s. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
A’s starting pitcher Nolan Handley had some trouble finding the strike zone, walking the first three Mariners he faced and coach Evan Bailey had seen enough, handing the ball over to Lofstrom, who struck out the first batter he faced. Junior Premier call up Chris Fougner hit into a possible double play but a throwing error allowed him to reach 1st base and Daryl Blaskovitch and Matt Bryan to cross the plate and take a 2-1 lead. Fougner would steal 2nd and the resulting throw ended up in the outfield where it was misplayed allowing Fougner to score and stake the M’s to a 3-1 lead after 1.
Mariners’ 2nd baseman Daryl Blaskovitch is unable to come up with the throw in attempt to pick off Okanagan Athletics’ Dallis Senger during BCPBL action on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The A’s would add a run in the 2nd when James Ward hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Dallis Senger.
The 4th inning saw the A’s put runners on 2nd and 3rd then a single by Ward allowed Nathan Ackerman to cross the plate with the tieing run. Senger would then score the go ahead run off a Croft sac fly to center field and a single by Dawson Yates scored Ward to go up by a pair.
The M’s fought back in the bottom of the inning and a double by team captain Blaskovitch scored Morgan Varley and David Warren and knotted the game at 5-5.
Victoria’s Daryl Blaskovitch gets set to make contact, Blaskovitch would lead all hitters going 3 for 6 with 4 RBI’s including the game winner. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Okanagan would take control in the top of the 6th, Brandon Johnson got them started with a double then was hit home by a Croft. A wild pitch would then put runners on 2nd and 3rd and Lofstrom hit a fielder’s choice that scored Ward. Dawson Yates would then hit into a double play but it allowed Croft to score and the A’s were back on top 8-5.
Morgan Varley gets set to lay down a bunt during Saturday’s BCPBL game at Henderson Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Blaskovitch would help his team again in the bottom of the inning with a single that scored Brendan Somers and cut the lead to 2.
The Mariners held the A’s off the board in the top of the 7th then a single from Fougner would score Drayson Lum. Fougner would tie the game when Morgan Varley hit for a single to send the game to extra innings.
Matt Bryan focuses on making contact in BCPBL game against the Okanagan Athletics. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Neither team was able to put anything together until the 11th inning when Ackerman swatted a home run to give the A’s the lead. Varley would deliver again for the Mariners with a single to score Jesse Hodges and send the game into the 12th inning.
Blaskovitch would play hero with his third hit of the game that resulted in David Warren scoring from 1st base and giving Blaskovitch 4 RBI’s on the day.
Colton Woods watches as Daryl Blaskovitch attempts to tag out Okanagans’ Nathan Ackerman in pick off attempt. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The M’s Colton Wood had a strong 5 innings on the mound giving way to Riley Rebitt who held the A’s to a single run and struck out 4 before handing the ball over to Nathan McKinlay to close the game and earn the win.
The teams are back in action Sunday at 8:30 then 11:00 and 1:30 to close out the four game set.