Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
June 16, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Victoria Eagles pitcher Riley Edmonds threw a complete game, three-hit, 4-0 shut-out against the Abbotsford Cardinals on Sunday afternoon, giving the Eagles a split in their doubleheader after Abbotsford prevailed 9-5 in the opener.
Edmonds began the game a bit ominously, as he allowed back-to-back singles from the Cardinal’s Coleton Besse and Matthew Strother to leadoff the top of the first, but would get out of that jam without any damage.
Victoria’s Riley Edmonds threw a complete game 4-0 shutout over Abbotsford on Sunday afternoon, allowing just three hits in his 7 innings of action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Eagles would respond immediately off Abbotsford starter Carter Williams with two runs in the bottom of the inning, as rookie Ben Goertzen would notch a leadoff single and then be driven home on an RBI double by Kyle Murai. After an out, Murai would then score on a single by Kurt Horne.
The Eagles Kyle Murai would have a strong day, going 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs in Game 1 and notching an RBI double in Game 2 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
That would be all the run support Edmonds would need and when the Eagles added two more runs in the bottom of the 5th inning, this time courtesy of a leadoff triple by Vinnie Martin, an RBI single from Mitch Hawkins and an RBI double from Tyrus Jocko, the game was pretty much out of reach for the Cardinals.
The Eagles played solid defence in Game 2 Sunday, here with second baseman Zane Takhar turning a key double-play in the top of the fifth inning (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Edmonds finished the day with just three hits against him, with two walks and four strikeouts. He improves his record to 5-2, with an ERA of just 1.93.
Abbotsford’s Brett Walker slides safely into second base under an outstretched Ben Goertzen who leaped to catch an errant throw late in Game 2 on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart Island Sports News)
In the earlier game, things did not go as well for the Eagles, as the Cardinals blew open a close 3-3 game with 5 runs in the top of the sixth inning en route to the 9-5 win.
The Eagles started hurler Brett Hull on the mound and he fared well through the first five innings, surrendering three runs on four hits, while giving up four walks and striking out five.
The Eagles Brett Hull started Game 1 Sunday and would pitch well, leaving the game tied 3-3 in the 5th inning (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The same cannot be said for reliever Eric Hegadoren who came in to face the Cardinals in the sixth and despite surrendering just a single hit, was tagged for all five runs (only one earned) that the Cardinals scored in the inning.
Hegadoren, who has a respectable 3.64 ERA on the season, struggled to find the plate on this day, giving up three walks and hitting a batter, while two errors by the Eagles defence in the inning did not help his cause. After a 2-RBI single by the Cardinal’s Benjie Wieler scored the fourth and fifth runs of the inning, a clearly dejected Hegadoren was replaced by Jason Heckl, who needed just one pitch to end the inning.
A two-out, two RBI single by Abbotsford’s Benjie Wieler would spell the end of a disastourous inning for Eagles pitcher Eric Hegadoren in Game 1 Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
The Eagles would mount a bit of a comeback in the bottom of the inning, scoring a pair of runs, but an insurance run by the Cardinals in the top of the seventh put the game out of reach and the Eagles went quietly in the bottom of the inning to give the Cardinals the 9-5 win.
For Abbotsford, Jesse McGowen got the win on the mound, going five and a third innings giving up all five runs on five hits, while walking four and striking out two.
Abbotsford Game 1 starter Jesse McGowen (left) would pitch well enough to get the win, while Daniel Koo (right) would finish the game in relief (Photos: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The split means that the now 15-13 Eagles did not gain any ground on the fifth place Cardinals (15-12), nor did they put any space between them and teams below them in the standings, which now have become very crowded, with just 3.5 games separating the fourth place Coquitlam Reds from the eighth place Vancouver Cannons, with the Cardinals, Eagles and Nanaimo Pirates sitting fifth through seventh respectively.
Abbotsford second baseman Coleton Besse awaits the throw as the Eagles Gobind Sall slides safely into second base with a steal in Game 1 action Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Next up for the Eagles are the crosstown Victoria Mariners, who travel to Lambrick Park for a Thursday night affair on June 20th.