Junior Eagles Salvage Weekend Win Over Coquitlam

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart – ISN

Victoria, BC (ISN) – After dropping a pair of games on the road Saturday to the Vancouver Cannons and then getting pounded 14-2 by the Coquitlam Reds in the first game of a Sunday double-header at Lambrick Park, the Victoria Junior Premier Eagles received a surprise, complete game performance by Sam Caouette to earn a 3-2 win over the Reds in game two.

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The Eagles’ Sam Caouette, pitching here against Victoria last Thursday, would hurl a complete game 3-2 win on Sunday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)

In Saturday’s game one action in Vancouver, the Eagles held a 6-4 lead after two innings of play, but then gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd and another 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th to end up on the short end of a 10-6 score.

Offensively for the Eagles, Zane Takhar and Jack McKinnon led the way with 2 hits apiece.
 

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Zane Takhar would have a 2 hit game Saturday and score 2 of the Eagles’ 3 runs in their win Sunday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)

In game two, the Eagles could muster just three hits in total against the Cannons, but only one off Vancouver starter Bradley Smith, who pitched 5 and 1/3 innings, while striking out seven.

The Cannons offence supported Smith with runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings, plus two more in the sixth, en route to their 5-1 victory.
 

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Jason Heckl would get the start in game one Sunday, taking the loss in the Red’s 14-2 win (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)

On Sunday, the Reds were coming off two Saturday losses to the Victoria Mariners and were looking to break out against the last place Eagles, but it took some time for it to happen, as the teams stayed close with the Reds holding a 3-1 lead after 5 innings of play.
 

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The Eagles’ Zane Takhar would slide safely into second as the ball would get away from the Reds’ Kevin Heidema (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)

The Reds would finally break it open in the 6th however by scoring 3 runs, and then add another 8 runs in the top of the 7th to put the game away.

Leading the way for the Reds was catcher Hayden Jaco who was 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Ethan Gugliotta and Jonathan Keltie also had a pair of hits each for the Reds. Jaydon White would pitch 6 innings and scatter 4 eagle hits to get the win.
 

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The Reds Jaydon White would earn the game one victory on Sunday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)

For the Eagles, Eric Hegadoren had 2 of the Eagles 4 hits, while starter Jason Heckl took the loss.
 

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Eric Hegadoren would have 2 of the Eagles 4 hits in game one Sunday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)

In game two Sunday, a 2-RBI single by catcher Lyndon Simmons in the bottom of the first inning would give the Eagles and their starter Sam Caouette an early lead and one that was nearly enough as Caouette would have his finest outing of the season, holding the Reds to just two hits through the first six innings.
 

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Eagles catcher Lyndon Simmons 2-RBI single in the first inning of game 2 would spark the Eagles to a 3-2 win (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)

The Eagles would score what turned out to be a valuable insurance run in the bottom of the 5th when Zane Takhar singled and scored on an RBI triple by Jordan Parmar.

In the top of the 7th, with the Eagles up 3-0, Caouette found his first real trouble of the day, giving up three consecutive hits and a run to start the inning.
 

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The Eagles Sam Caouette, pitching here earlier in the season, would pitch out of trouble in the 7th to earn the complete game win on Sunday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)

After a groundout and a strikeout, the Reds Austen Butler reached on an error, allowing the Reds second run to score, but then Dalton Anderson was caught in a rundown for the final out, preserving the Eagles’ 3-2 win.

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