Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN
July 9, 2013 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria HarbourCats woes continue as they struggled on the mound and at the plate, as 1187 fans witnessed an 11-2 shellacking by the Walla Walla Sweets on Tuesday night.
Will Ballowe got his first start for the ‘Cats and it didn’t go well as he gave up a walk to the first batter he faced, Kramer Lindell, then a 2 run homerun from John Skerbec put Victoria down 2-0 early. Ballowe’s night would come to a close in the 3rd inning after a pair of walks loaded the bases.
Will Ballowe’s (L) night came to a close in the 3rd inning giving way to Scott Kuzminsky (R) in Tuesday night’s 11-2 loss to the Walla Walla Sweets at Victoria’s Royal Athletic Park. (photos by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Scott Kuzminsky took to the mound with none out and the base loaded. After getting Nick Vilter to fly out a pair of singles from Mike Poulson and Renae Martinez along with a double off the bat of Dominc Miroglio and the Sweets had a comfortable 6-0 lead.
Tim Richards of the Victoria HarbourCats digs out a ground ball during Tuesday nights WCL game with the Walla Walla Sweets. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
HarbourCats Robby Nesovic focus on the ball in pick off attempt of Walla Walla’s Beau Bozett on Tuesday night. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Walla Walla would build on that lead in the 4th inning when Poulson hit for a single that scored a pair and gave him his 3rd and 4th RBI’s on the night.
Victoria showed a little spark in the 5th when they got runners in scoring postion but were unable to capitalize. They did manage to break through in the 6th with a pair of runs, a solo homer from Robby Nesovic and RBI single to Austin Russell that scored John Schuknecht, to cut the Walla Walla lead to 8-2.
Nick Vilter of the Walla Walla Sweets throws down to 1st base in WCL action at Royal Athletic Park on Tuesday night. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Walla Walla’s Matt Mendenhall digs one out of the dirt to secure the out against Victoria’s Tim Richards during Tuesday night’s WCL matchup at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria, BC. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Matt Mendenhall and the Walla Walla Sweets kept the HarbourCats in check all night as they cruised to an 11-2 win at Victoria’s Royal Athletic Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The Walla Walla infield gather along with Plate umpire Scott Eckard to check on the condition of pitcher Matt Hall after taking a line drive in the back. Hall would be fine and continued to pitch a solid 5 2/3 innings. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The Sweets weren’t finished at the plate though and a Miroglio double scored Martinez from 1st followed by a Matt Mendenhall 2 run homerun, and the score now stood at 11-2.
The teams will close out the series on Wednesday night when the 13-12 HarbourCats will look to stay above .500 and prevent the series sweep. Game time is 7:05pm.