Story and photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISNJune 23, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Harbourcats continue to roll with another West Coast League 3 game series win thanks to a gutsy 3-2 victory over the Bend Elks on Sunday at Royal Athletic Park.
The Harbourcats gave Scott Kuzminsky the start on mound and he quickly fell into some trouble as the Elks loaded the bases but Kuzminsky settled down and got out of the inning unscathed.
A little visit to the mound by coach Ben Jackson and catcher Greg Fettes, was all Scott Kuzminsky needed as he settled down and got out of the 1st inning unscathed. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Despite being out on the play Bend’s Tyler Servais was able to prevent Victoria’s Zach Storm from making the double play during West Coast League action at Royal Athletic Park on Sunday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Victoria Harbourcats short stop Alex DeGoti throws to first base during Sunday’s WCL game against the Bend Elks. (photo by Glenn ivens – ISN)
The Elks would get on the board first on one of the strangest and luckiest plays of the season. Bend’s Keach Ballard hit a shot to right field for a double in the top of the 3rd, a pair of errors by right fielder Austin Russell and short stop Zach Storm resulted in Ballard taking 3rd and then trotting home for the 1-0 lead.
The ‘Cats answered back in the 4th when Chris Lewis hit sacrifice fly to centerfield that scored John Ellis from 3rd.
Victoria’s Zach Storm heads to first base after making contact during Sunday’s WCL game with the Bend Elks. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Greg Fettes attempts to leg one out after laying down a bunt against the Bend Elks. Fettes would be out on the play but advanced the base runners into scoring position. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Bend Elk’s Chase Fields safely slides into 2nd base after Victoria Harbourcats Alex DeGoti was unable to come up with the catch during Sunday’s WCL game at Royal Athletic Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The Elks would again load the bases in the 5th but were only able to generate 1 run when a single by Tyler Servais allowed Chase Fields to cross the plate, putting the Elks up 2-1.
The 6th inning saw Victoria load the bases with 2 out when a timely single by local boy Austin Russell brought in Chase Lewis. David Schuknecht would then score on a wild pitch and the Harbourcats now lead 3-2.
Harbourcat’s David Schuknecht took advantage of a wild pitch to score the game winning run against the Bend Elks on Sunday. (photo by Glenn Ivens -ISN)
Victoria Harbourcats 3rd baseman Dylan LaVelle makes the throw to 1st base during Sunday’s WCL game agaisnt the Bend Elks. (photo by Glenn ivens – ISN)
Bryan Conant earned the win for the Victoria Harbourcats after coming in to relieve in the 6th inning. (photo by Glenn Ivens -ISN)
Things got dicey for Bryan Conant, who came in to relieve Kuzminsky in the 6th, when the Elks once again loaded the bases in the 9th. The threat was short lived as a routine fly ball to center field preserved the win for the Harbourcats.
With the win the Harbourcats sit atop the North Division standings with a 10-4 record and are 1 game up on the Walla Walla Sweets, who are in action against the Medford Rouges this evening.
Victoria now heads to Washington State for 3 game sets against the Cowlitz Black Bears and Wenatchee Applesox before returning home on July 5 to take on the Kelowna Falcons.