Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens (www.javalon.smugmug.com)
The Victoria Mariners season came to an abrupt end on Saturday afternoon when the Coquitlam Reds handed them a pair of 3-1 losses knocking them out of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League Playoffs.
The Mariners and Reds split their 4 game regular season matchup with 2 wins each so despite being the higher seed they knew they were going to have battle on their hands.
Colton Wood got the game 1 start on mound for the Victoria Mariners in their BCPBL best of three playoff series with the Coquitlam Reds. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Game 1 saw both teams start their aces, Colton Wood for the Mariners and Jeff Heidma for the Reds. Heidma had a gem of a game, throwing a complete game no-hitter. The only blemish being a pair of walks, one that lead to the Mariners only run.
Wood had a fine outing on the mound as well but with out the offensive support took the loss.
Morgan Varley (left) throws down to 1st base for the out and Colton Wood has Coquitlam’s Max Hollingworth dead to rights during run down in BCPBL 1st round playoff action at Henderson Park. (photos by Glenn Ivens)
With their season on the line the Mariners sent Nathan McKinlay to the mound for game 2 while the Reds countered with Austin McDonald.
Neither teams was able to generate any runs, despite having runners in scoring position. The Mariners opened the scoring in the 5th inning when Matt Bryan hit a single that scored Drayson Lum, who was pinch running for Jesse Long, for a 1-0 lead.
Daryl Blaskovich drives the ball for the Mariners during 1st round of the BCPBL playoffs at Henderson Park on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Reds mounted a 6th inning comeback with the score tied 1-1 and runners on 1st and 2nd, Heidma once again played hero driving a ball to deep center field for a double that scored both base runners and opened up a 3-1 lead.
Daryl Blaskovich of the Victoria Mariners gets set to tag out Coquitlam Red’s Mitchell Jackman in Game 1 of the BCPBL Best of Three Series at Henderson Park on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Mariners were unable to rally in the top of the 7th and their season came to a close. Despite the early playoff exit the Mariners had a great season setting a new franchise record for wins (32).
Jesse Long of the Victoria Mariners awaits throw in pick off attempt of Coquitlam’s Darren Honeysett during Saturday’s BCPBL 1st round playoff game. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Reds win wasn’t the only first round upset of the day as the Regular season champions Langley Blaze fell to the North Shore Twins 3-0 and 2-0, also advancing to the Final Four next weekend in Nanaimo were the Okanagan Athletics, downing the Abbotsford Cardinals 8-7 and 11-0 and the Nanaimo Pirates, who defeated the Victoria Eagles 7-1 and 4-3.