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June 23, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The more fans get to know the 2013 Victoria HarbourCats, the more they’re going to learn how resilient the team can be. After a rough 5-1 loss on Friday, the HarbourCats put a complete team effort forward on their way to a bounce back 6-1 victory at Royal Athletic Park.

CF Justin Burba jumps all over this Elks pitch to record a hit in game two against the Bend Elks – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Harbour Cats pitcher Ty Provencher would lead his team with a complete game and a 6-1 in his first start of the season in game #2 against the Bend Elks Saturday night at RAP – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

After getting 3 1st inning runs put on them Friday night, the HarbourCats turned the tables on Saturday with 3 of their own, all coming on a 2-out, 3-run home run from Robby Nesovic. Nesovic was the pitcher who gave up the 3 runs on Friday, and the chance to give the Elks some payback felt good.

“It was really good payback. During the season, I actually hit 3 of my home runs after I had a bad outing,” said Nesovic

Harbour Cats pitcher Ty Provencher went the distance, shutting down the Elks allowing only 5 hits and 1 run to get the 6-1 win Saturday – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

CF Justin Burba tracks down this fly ball as the Elks are denied the base hit – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca ) 

The real star of the show was starter Ty Provencher, making his first start since last summer. Provencher cruised through the Elks’ order with just 91 total pitches, notching the first complete game in team history. In the 9 innings, Provencher only allowed 5 hits, 1 earned run, 0 walks and 3 strikeouts.

Harbour Cats Justin Burba puts on the brakes temporarily as he looks to steal third base. He would eventually steal home as well on a Elks overthrow at third trying to tag him out – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Short stop Alex Degoti steals third base easily on a wild pitch by Elks pitcher – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

“We had a pinch count of 60, but when he got out there, he had about 50 after 5 and he felt good so we kept him going and he felt fine. He showed that he could continue to pitch and I think he got stronger in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings,” said Pitching Coach Ben Jackson.

#11 Burba runs out the throw at first after a well placed bunt down the third baseline – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

The Victoria Harbour Cats congratulate each other on the 6-1 win and celebrate Ty Provencher’s first complete game as a Harbour Cat – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

The win sets Victoria up for a chance at another series win tomorrow afternoon at 1:05. The HarbourCats have still not lost a series this season. Scott Kuzminsky will take the mound for Victoria tomorrow, looking to send the HarbourCats into their 5-day break on a high note.