Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
July 9, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – After a bit of a stumble this past weekend, where they dropped three of four games in the Lower Mainland, the Victoria Eagles got back into the win column Tuesday night with a quiet 3-1 win over the visiting Parksville Royals at Lambrick Park in Victoria.
Brandon Feldman got the start on the hill for the Eagles and after he cruised through an easy first inning with two strikeouts, he received all the run support he would need when the Eagles responded in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double from Kyle Murai (scoring Ben Goertzen who singled to lead off the inning) and a sacrifice fly from Vinny Martin (scoring Murai) to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
Victoria’s Brandon Feldman would get the start Tuesday and despite not allowing any hits, would be pulled in the 5th inning after walking three straight batters to allow the Royals their only run of the game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the top of the fifth inning, Feldman, who had kept the Royals hitless to that point with eight strikeouts, faltered a bit after a dropped third strike allowed the first Royals batter, Keller Anderson, to reach base.
After that, three straight walks allowed the Royals to score their first run and resulted in the unique situation of a pitcher with a no-hitter going being taken out of the game.
The move by Eagles manager Anthony Pluta proved to be a wise one, as Tyrus Jocko came on to induce a double play on the first pitch he threw and then an inning ending fly out to end the threat and keep the Eagles up 2-1.
Parksville’s Clarke Ohman was stellar on the night, limiting the Eagles to just 3 runs on 4 hits while striking out 7 and walking one (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Eagles would get an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, when Vinnie Martin would single off Royals starter Clarke Ohman for his second hit of the night and eventually come in to score on a sacrifice fly from Will Wild.
Ohman was a bright spot on the night for the now 4-40 Royals, as he went the distance in the game, holding the Eagles to just four hits on the night, while striking out seven and walking just one.
With the win, the Eagles improve their record to a franchise best 24-17, but their losses on the weekend mean they have dropped to fifth place and sit 1.5 games behind Abbotsford in fourth and a half game ahead of Coquitlam in sixth.
The Eagles Tyrus Jocko was solid in relief, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the 5th and allowing just one hit and no runs, with 3 strikeouts in his 3 innings of work (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Eagles will look to improve upon their position as they complete their suspended game from last week against the Mariners at 12 Noon on Wednesday at Henderson Park. That will be followed by the final league game between the two clubs.