Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN
July 21, 2013 Victoria, BC (ISN) – For the second year in a row the Victoria Mariners have been swept from the British Columbia Premier Baseball League playoffs by a lower seeded team. This year the damage was done by the 7th place Nanaimo Pirates, who defeated the Mariners 1-0 and 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Henderson Park.
The Pirates chose to start Aidan Goodall in the opening game while the Mariners went with Colton Wood.
Victoria’s Drayson Lum gets caught at the plate by Nanaimo’s Braeden Mousseau during game 1 action. (photo by Glenn Ivens -ISN)
To say it was a pitchers battle is an understatement as the teams went into the 9th inning tied 0-0. In fact Wood had the better numbers on the day, allowing just 2 hits with 4 walks and 9 strikeouts to Goodall’s 4 hits and 2 strikeouts.
Emerging from the dust and looking to the umpire for the call are Mariners’ Chris Fougner (L) and Pirates’ Brady Rogers (R). (photo by Glenn Ivens- ISN)
Pitcher Aidan Goodall is flanked by coach Roy Moretti and catcher Braeden Mousseau after 1-0 victory over the Victoria Mariners in game 1 of their best of 3 playoff series. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The turning point was a throwing error that enabled Zach Diewert to cross the plate for the 1-0 Pirate victory.
Game 2 saw Chris Fougner take the mound for the M’s while surprisingly the Pirates went with Luke Skingle over Alex Rogers. Both pitchers had outstanding games on the mound allowing just 1 hit each while Fougner struck out 6 to Skingle’s 4.
Morgan Varley shows his range as he tracks a fly ball down into short center field during Saturday’s BCPBL playoff game. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Chris Fouger of the Victoria Mariners comes up just short in his stolen base attempt as he is tagged by Nanaimo Pirates’ Shawn Arabsky. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Victoria’s Evan Willow gets tagged by Nanaimo’s Tristen Olsen ending one of the few chances the Mariners had on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
It was another costly fielding error by the Mariners that allowed the bases to be loaded in the 3rd inning, before a single from Diewert scored Braeden Mousseau and T.J. Mah, giving Skingle all the run support he would need in the 2-0 win.
Luke Skingle and catcher Braeden Mousseau celebrate their 2-0 series clinching victory over the Victoria Mariners on Saturday afternoon. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Also in action on Saturday were the 6th place Victoria Eagles who split their double header with the 3rd place North Shore Twins by scores of 12-7 Eagles, 8-2 Twins. The top ranked Langley Blaze split their double header with the 8th place Vancouver Cannons by scores of 5-1 Cannons and 13-5 Blaze, the 4th place Abbotsford Cardinals also split their games with the 5th place Coquitlam Reds by scores of 4-0 Reds and 2-0 Cardinals.
Sunday afternoon saw the Victoria Eagles hang on for a 9-8 win and advance to the Final Four at Nat Bailey Stadium. Joining the Eagles and Nanaimo Pirates will be the Vancouver Cannons who upset the Langley Blaze 4-1 and the Abbotsford Cardinals who got the better of the Coquitlam Reds 4-1.