Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN
June 29,2013 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Jr. Mariners were in tough on Saturday as they hosted the league leading North Shore Jr. Twins in a British Columbia Junior Premier double header at Henderson Park. North Shore improved their winning streak to 10 games taking both game by scores of 8-4 and 5-0. On Sunday the Jr. M’s split with the the Whalley Chiefs losing game 1 5-4 then rallying for a 6-3 game 2 win.
Liam Catto got the early game start for the Junior Mariners on Saturday against the league leading North Shore Jr. Twins. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The Jr. M’s got off to a great start and opened up an early 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning, with 2 out they rallied to score Kurtis Gamble on an overthrow, then Mitch Bryan would score from 2nd off a Dylan Werrun single, then not to be out done Werrun would also score from 2nd when Jeremy Patterson hit a single through the infield.
The Junior Mariners Dylan Werrun cheers as teammate Kurtis Gamble (#20) safely slides across the plate to open the scoring for the Jr. M’s. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Victoria’s Chris Blaskovitch is held in check as North Shore 1st baseman Max Williams gets set to catch the pick off throw. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
But North Shore showed why they are at the top of the standings scoring a 3 runs in the 4th inning adding 3 more in the 5th inning and a pair in the 6th too stake an 8-3 lead.
Victoria would get 1 more run in the 7th as a double by Tyler Schindel would allow Jeremy Patterson to score from 1st base.
The Jr. Twins Trevor Fonseca earned the win while Liam Catto took the loss.
Victoria’s Mitch Bryan makes contact during Saturday’s BCJPBL double header with the North Shore Jr. Twins. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Jr. Mariners Chris Blaskovitch is unable to slide past the tag of Jr. Twins Ryan Forseca in stolen base attempt. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Game 2 saw the Jr. Mariners send Cole Russell to the mound while the Jr. Twins countered with Max Williams.
Williams showed why he is tied for the league lead in wins as he shut down the Mariners bats allowing just 3 hits through 7 innings of play.
Tyler Schindel of the Jr. Mariners gets the meat of the bat on the ball during BCJPBL double header against the North Shore Jr. Twins on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Victoria short stop Chris Blaskovitch comes up throwing for the out during BCJPBL game against the North Shore Twins at Henderson Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens -ISN)
The Jr. Mariners Russell didn’t fair as well giving up 7 hits and 5 runs in his 6 innings on the hill.
Victoria travelled to Whalley on Sunday and split their double header with the Chiefs. Angus Catto was on the mound for a tough 5-4 loss in game 1, while Noah Brasset went the distance in the 6-3 game 2 victory.
The Jr. Mariners who hold down 8th place and the final playoff berth have 13 games remaining in the season and will be looking to climb in the standings when they take on the Nanaimo Jr. Pirates on July 11 at Henderson Park.