Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN
June 3, 2013 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Premier Mariners took 3 of 4 games over the weekend and sit in 3rd place in the British Columbia Premier Baseball League, 7 ½ games back of the leading Langley Blaze but with 7 games in hand.
Jesse Mycock of the Victoria Mainers swings away during BCPBL action at Henderson Park on Sunday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The M’s began the weekend with a doubleheader against the Vancouver Cannons at Henderson Park.
Game 1 saw Vancouver take an early 1-0 lead the in the 1st, Victoria answered back in the 4th with a pair.
The Mariners trailed 1-0 until the 4th inning when they put up a pair to take the lead. Vancouver tied it up in the top of the 6th but Victoria answered back, with 4 runs to take the game 6-2.
Victoria Mariners David Warren dives back for 2nd base while Coquitlam Reds Brandon Becking attempts pick off. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Dan Philips was credited with win and Jacob Barnard earned a save.
The Mariners bats got hot in Game 2 and they jumped out to a big lead early and road the strong-arm of Mackenzie Catto to down the Cannons 10-1.
Victoria put up 5 runs in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd and 3 in the 3rd, chasing Cannons starter Patrick Smythe from the mound, to open up what proved to be an insurmountable lead.
Morgan Varley makes contact during BCPBL game between the Victoria Mariners and Coquitlam Reds on Sunday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Catto went the full 7 innings to earn the win allowing 4 hits with 3 strikeouts.
Chris Lata smacked a double and Lucas Piechnik belted a triple as the M’s recorded 12 hits in the game. Chris Fougner, Morgan Varley and Chris Lata recorded a pair of RBI’s each with singles going to Jesse Mycock, Brendan Somers and Jacob Barnard.
Sunday saw the Coquitlam Reds make their first appearance back at Henderson Park since last summer’s upset sweep of the Mariners in the BCPBL playoffs.
Coquitlam Reds’ Jordan Zazulak safely slides under the tag of Victoria Mariners’ Draysom Lum during Sunday’s BCPBL doubleheader action at Henderson Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The Reds lead 3-0 after the 2nd inning and never looked back as the M’s were only able to put up 1 run in the bottom of the 7th.
The Reds got a full game outing from starter Curtis Taylor, who stymied the Mariners bats in a 3-1 win.
Colton Wood, who would take the loss, finished the day with 7 strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings of work.
Chris Fougner shows finger tip control in a rare appearence on the mound for the Victoria Mariners. (photo by Glenn Ivens _ ISN)
Game 2 saw the Mariners send Chris Fougner to the mound, and he had an impressive outing with 10 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of work as the M’s rebounded with a 4-2 victory.
Victoria’s Lucas Piechnik is all smiles after making a run saving grab in deep right field during Sunday’s BCPBL Doubleheader at Henderson Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The M’s scored single runs in the 2nd, 4th and a pair in the 5th to stake a 4-0 lead but got into a little trouble in the 7th when the Reds managed to score a pair, but Nick Dawson came in to close things out and earn the save.
The Mariners are back in action next weekend when they travel to Nanaimo on Saturday to battle the Pirates then head across the pond to take on the North Delta Blue Jays on Sunday.
Victoria Mariners’ captain Morgan Varley congratulates Nick Dawson on the save against the Coquitlam Reds on Sunday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)