Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
June 27, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Victoria Mariners pitcher Colton Wood threw a complete game two-hitter to lead his team to a 2-0 shut-out over the Victoria Eagles in BC Premier Baseball League action Thursday night at Lambrick Park in Victoria.
Wood went toe-to-toe with Eagles ace lefty Kurt Horne and early on, both pitchers showed why they are two of the top pitchers in the BCPBL, as the game was a scoreless draw through the first three innings, with both sides eking out just a single hit each in that span.
The Mariners Colton Wood (left) and Eagles Kurt Horne (right) would go toe-to-toe Thursday night in a BCPBL match-up of cross-town rivals. Both pitchers would go the distance with Wood emerging with the 2-0 win (Photos: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the top of the fourth, the Mariners would break through for the only runs of the game when David Warren would leadoff with a single and be advanced to third on a one-out single by Morgan Varley.
After a walk to Brendan Somers, Warren would then come in to score the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly from Matthew Wellington.
Matthew Wellington’s sacrific fly provided the first and game winning RBI for the Mariners in the 4th inning on Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
On the play, Varley advanced to third and he would come home shortly thereafter on a wild pitch to the backstop giving the M’s the 2-0 lead.
The Eagles looked to respond immediately and in the bottom of the fourth, leadoff hitters Kyle Murai and Vinnie Martin both reached base on a walk and error respectively. Wood would recover nicely however, sandwiching a fly out between two strikeouts to retire the next three batters and get out of the jam unscathed.
The Eagles Brett Hull, who went down on strikes twice Thursday, was just one of many Eagles hitters tied up in knots by the Mariners pitcher Colton Wood who finished with 8 strikeouts total (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Horne would find himself in a bit of a jam in the top of the fifth, when after retiring the first two batters, an error, a walk and a stolen base put the Mariners potential third run on third base in the person of the speedy Jesse Mycock.
However Mycock would be caught a bit far off the bag following a pitch and a perfect throw from Eagles catcher Gobind Sall to third baseman Brandon Feldman nailed the diving Mycock to end the inning.
The Eagles looked to rally again in the bottom of the sixth inning when rookie Ben Goertzen led things off with a single. That was quickly extinguished however when Mariners second baseman Drayson Lum turned a tough 6-4-3 double play to clear the bases.
Despite the best efforts of a sliding Ben Goertzen, Mariners second baseman Drayson Lum turns a tough 6-4-3 double play in the sixth inning Wednesday (Photos: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Wood would then get a strikeout to end the inning and carry the 2-0 lead into the final frame.
After the Mariners were held scoreless by Horne in the top of the seventh, Wood came on to finish the job, and although plunking Eagles catcher Gobind Sall with one out, he got the final two batters to ground out to end the game.
Wood would finish the game with just the two hits allowed, with a walk and seven strikeouts. He moves his record to 4-4 and drops his ERA to 1.66. Horne would allow the two Mariner runs on four hits, with two walks and eight strikeouts. His record moves to 2-1 and his ERA to 1.40.
The hard-throwing Wood would finish with just two hits allowed, while striking out eight to get the win for the Mariners (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The win moves the Mariners to 27-13 on the season and keeps them in second place, a full game up on third place North Shore.
The Eagles meanwhile had their five game winning streak snapped and fall to 19-14 on the season which is good enough for fourth place, where they sit tied with the Coquitlam Reds.
The Eagles are right back in action on Friday as they entertain White Rock in a rare weekday double header beginning at Noon at Lambrick Park, while the Mariners are now off until Monday July 1, when they travel to Parksville to meet the Royals.