Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
July 2, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Brandon Feldman and his Victoria Eagles stayed hot, as Feldman had a six-RBI night to lead the Eagles to a 12-2 mercy-rule win over the Parksville Royals in BC Premier Baseball League action Tuesday night at Lambrick Park in Victoria.
The Eagles, winners of eight of their last nine games, pounded out 13 hits on the night, including four in a four-run first inning that was highlighted by a towering three-run home run from Feldman in his first at bat.
The Eagles would get a first inning kick-start from this three-run home run by slugger Brandon Feldman (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Feldman’s monster blast capped off a frustrating start for Parksville starter Andrew Evernden who seemed flustered after being asked to remove a wrist band on the forearm of his pitching arm at the start of the game and then promptly gave up a single, walk, RBI single and Feldman’s homer to begin his outing.
Parksville starter Andrw Evernden would have a tough first inning Tuesday, giving up 4 runs to the Eagles (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
While Evernden would settle down to get out of the inning and hold the Eagles scoreless in the second, the Eagles would score two more in the bottom of the third, as Tony Ebbs-Canavan would come through with a 2-RBI single to make the score 6-2.
Tony Ebbs-Canavan had a key 2-RBI single in the third inning Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Those runs negated the two runs Parksville would score off Eagles starter Brett Hull in the top of the inning, thanks to an RBI single from Mackenzie Parlow and another RBI from Justin Dieleman.
This error by left fielder Kyle Murai would lead to the second Royals run Tuesday. Murai would recover on the play to throw a runner out on the bases (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the bottom of the fourth, the Eagles would put the game out of reach, as Katsuhiro Ono would come on in relief for Parksville after a leadoff walk to Ben Goertzen and promptly give up a single to Kyle Murai, an RBI-single to Vinny Martin, a two-RBI double to the hot-hitting Feldman and an RBI-double to Gobind Sall.
In a rare defensive highlight Tuesday, the Royals Justin Dieleman leaps over a sliding Tony Ebbs-Canavan to complete a inning-ending double play (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the meantime, Eagle’s pitcher Hull was quietly working on a seven strikeout performance and after five innings of work, had surrendered just one earned run, while scattering four hits and walking just one.
That would be all the work Hull would need to do on this night, as in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Eagles would continue the hit parade with a single by Zane Takhar, a double from Murai on a liner that nearly cleared the left-field fence, a walk to Martin and then score a run to make it 11-2 on a sacrifice fly from Feldman for his sixth RBI of the night.
After another single from Sall to load the bases, Mitch Hawkins drew a bases-loaded walk that brought home the final run in the mercy-rule shortened 12-2 victory.
While his offence exploded behind him, the Eagles Brett Hull quietly put together a seven strike-out performance, allowing 4 hits and one earned run in the win over Parksville on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The win moves the Eagles record to 22-14 and they remain in fourth place in the PBL, two games behind third place North Shore. Feldman, who went two for two on the night, raised his average to .429 which leads the PBL.
The Eagles next play on Thursday, when they will once again host their crosstown PBL rivals, the Victoria Mariners. The Mariners handed the Eagles their only loss over the past nine games last week, so the Eagles will be keen to be on the winning side this time around. Game time is scheduled for 6:30 pm at Lambrick Park.