HarbourCats Break Through in “Grand” Fashion

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Harbourcats Media – Photos by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

July 7, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Desperately in need of a win amidst a rough slump, Victoria got a solid overall effort, as they took down Kelowna 11-3 on Saturday night.

UC Santa Barbara product, Robby Nesovic, was in control of the Falcons bats most of the night for the Cats going seven innings for the win Saturday night at RAP – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

A Falcon almost had his wings clipped by second baseman John Schuknecht but a high throw would give the Kelowna player a reprieve – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

After struggling with the high number of 1st inning runs allowed to their opponents recently, Victoria jumped on Kelowna early this time, putting up 2 early runs in the first to help starter Robby Nesovic.

Habour Cats John Schuknecht swings for the fence early in the game with a miss. In the eight inning he would swing again and record his team’s first grand slam to slam the door on the Kelowna Falcons with a 11-3 win – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Cats Jordan Ellis narrowly fouls a ball away that seemed destined for the outfield – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

While Nesovic continued to dominate on the mound, the offense picked up where they left off on Friday night in terms of stringing base runners together. Victoria was patient at the plate, taking 12 walks and also picking up 11 hits on the night.

Harbour Cats 6’4″ Robby Nesovic, from UC Santa Barbara, would pith a solid game for his Cats, helping them to a 11-3 win Saturday night at RAP against the Kelowna Falcons – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

#22 Brett Urabe tags out a diving Falcons player at third base – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca ) 

After 6 innings, the HarbourCats led 5-0. Kelowna, however, wouldn’t go down without a fight. The Falcons put up 2 in the 7th and 1 in the 8th to make it a 6-3 game entering the bottom of the 8th.

Harbour Cats #22 Bret Urabe grabs the ball from shallow third base to throw out the Falcons batter – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

John Schuknecht fields the ball to throw out the runner to first base. Schuknecht would also record the Cats first Grand Slam in the eight inning. – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

That’s when Kelowna got wild. The Falcons let 5 runs come across in the bottom of the 8th on just 1 hit and 6 walks. That 1 hit was the first grand slam in HarbourCats history, a liner off the bat of John Schuknecht to fully break the game open.

Cats #10 Austin Russell congratulates #26 Brandon Smith after crossing homeplate adding another run to the Harbour Cats run total – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Catcher #19 David Schuknecht earns an uncontested 2nd base steal during Saturday nights game against the Kelowna Falcons – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Although Victoria committed 2 defensive errors, Saturday’s performance was one of their most solid games in a few weeks. It should give the squad a lot of momentum heading into tomorrow’s series finale with Kelowna at 1:05. Tickets are still available here