Story by Jai Rakic, Photos by Chad Hipolito – ISN
Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Shark Club chewed up the Vipers on Tuesday night and kept their finals hopes alive by winning game two of the best of three Lower Island Mixed Fastball semi-finals at Heywood Park.
The Shark Club were fighting for their lives tonight, after the Vipers won game one of the series on Sunday 10-4. The first two innings of the match saw both teams go out early with no runs due to the impressive pitching skills from the Shark Club’s Damien Metcalfe and the Vipers Sean McMicking. Both pitchers are tied on top of the league’s pitching leaderboard for the season with 10 wins and 4 losses.
Vipers pitcher Sean McMicking delivers a pitch during Mixed Fastpitch League Semi-Finals in Heywood Park in Victoria,BC. The Shark Club won 7-4. Chad Hipolito/Island Sports News
The first run of the game came in the 3rd when Scott Wright led off the inning with a single and would then score an RBI double from Metcalfe. That opened the floodgates for the Shark Club, who would score three more runs before the end of the inning and lead 4-0 at the end of the 3rd.
Shark Club infielder Sabrina catches a Vipers ball during Mixed Fastpitch League Semi-Finals in Heywood Park in Victoria,BC. The Shark Club won 7-4. Chad Hipolito/Island Sports News
The Shark Club managed to increase their lead in the fifth when Metcalfe would lead off the inning with his second hit of the game and then come home on an Eric Orton single. Orton would later score and with Metcalfe continuing to keep the Vipers scoreless, the Shark Club lead 6-0 after five innings of play.
The Viper’s finally put themselves on the board in the sixth inning and looked as if they were capable of making a comeback after scoring two runs and keeping the Shark Club scoreless.
Shark Club pitcher Damian Metcalfe winds up to pitch to a Vipers player during Mixed Fastpitch League Semi-Finals in Heywood Park in Victoria,BC. The Shark Club won 7-4. Chad Hipolito/Island Sports News
However the Shark Club managed to close out the game in spectacular fashion in the 7th, when Ken Rymer hit his third homerun of the season. The Viper’s managed two more runs in the final inning but were unable to close the Shark Club’s lead. The final score in game 2 of the semi-finals was the Shark Club 7 Vipers 4.
The Vipers and Shark Club play their third and final game of the semi-finals on Thursday. The winning team will go up against the Athletics in the mixed fastball finals that start on Friday and conclude on Sunday. The Athletics finished in top place during the regular season and are looking to take the cup after beating the Bart’s in semi-final play.
Shark Club players celebrate a win over the Vipers ball during Mixed Fastpitch League Semi-Finals in Heywood Park in Victoria,BC. The Shark Club won 7-4. Chad Hipolito/Island Sports News