Story by HarbourCats Media / Photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN
July 7,2013 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Lightning struck twice at Royal Athletic Park on Sunday afternoon, as Alex Real’s 8th inning grand slam propelled Victoria to a 9-5 victory over Kelowna in the final meeting between the two teams this season.
Going, going, gone. Victoria’s Alex Real watches as his bomb to left field cleared the fences and the bases, propelling the HarbourCats to a 9-5 victory over the Kelowna Falcons on Sunday afternoon. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Real’s home run fit right in with the rest of the home run parade on Sunday. Kelowna got off to a hot start, taking a 4-1 lead after the 2nd with the help of home runs from Stetson Olson, Jarryd Klemm and AJ Young.
Bryan Conant had a tough start but settled into his rythm to finish strong for the HarbourCats. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Kelowna’s Nolan Savage would fair well on the hill in the early going but the HarbourCats would get to him in the 6th putting up 3 runs to take a 5-4 lead. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Nolan Savage kept Victoria subdued on offense for the first 4 innings, but the HarbourCats started to figure him out come the 5th inning. Timmy Richards laced a home run into left to join the home run parade and cut Kelowna’s lead to 4-2. Real would follow with a shot to the warning track that would fall just short, but would serve as a precursor to his later heroics.
Richards, along with fellow high school senior Mike Darr, made the most noise, at the top of the order. In the 6th, Darr had a 2-run single followed by Richards coming through with an RBI double. Joe Navilhon took over for starter Bryan Conant in the 6th. He got in and out of trouble in the 7th, but surrendered a game-tying home run to Young in the 8th.
Tim Richards (#13) and his HarbourCats teammates celebrate his 5th inning homerun that cut the Kelowna lead in half. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Once again, Victoria had the offensive fireworks ready in the bottom half of the 8th. Behind a single and 2 walks, Victoria loaded the bases with 1 out. After Richards popped out, Real launched his grand slam deep into left, giving Victoria a lead that reliever Ryan Keller would come in to protect in the 9th.
Alex Real celebrates with a little ‘Homerun Hop’ after launching a Grand Slam that put the HarbourCats in the lead for good. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
“It felt electric and I’m just grateful that I squared it up and it went over the fence. All I could do was just hit it solid; that’s all I want to do there,” said Real, “It’s definitely fun when you’re winning so we just need to keep taking a solid approach at the plate…It’s always a team effort and it will carry on.”
Alex Real and reliever Ryan Keller are all smiles after stiking out the final 2 Kelwona batters in Sunday’s 9-5 come from behind win at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, BC. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Victoria moved to 13-10 with the win and will look to extend their short 2-game winnings streak tomorrow against first place Walla Walla. The Sweets roll in for the first of a 3-game series at 7:05 tomorrow night. Ty Provencher takes the hill for Victoria on Canadian Forces Appreciation Night, presented by Galaxy Motors. General admission tickets are just $1 for all uniformed personnel. Tickets are still available.
It’s definitely fun when you’re winning so we just need to keep taking a solid approach at the plate…It’s always a team effort and it will carry on,” said Real.