Story by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
July 24, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – After defeating the North Shore Twins 9-8 last Sunday afternoon in North Vancouver, the Victoria Eagles punched their ticket to the BC Premier Baseball League Final Four tournament for the first time in the team’s young history.
The win came the hard way, as after splitting the first-two games of the best-of-three series (the Eagles took Game 1 on Saturday 12-7 and North Shore won Game 2 8-2), the Eagles found themselves down 6-1 after a full inning of play, but managed to battle back by scoring in each inning but the last, to move on to the 9-8 win.
Riley Edmonds, despite the rough first inning, would settle down to get the win, holding the Twins scoreless over his remaining 4 innings, while Brandon Feldman came in for the final two innings, giving up 2 runs, but getting a big strikeout to end the game with the tying run on third base.
Offensively, the Eagles had contributions from every player in the line-up as eight separate players would notch base-hits (with Will Wild and Zane Takhar contributing 3 each) and six different players would cross the plate.
“The win over the Twins was a total team effort with every player contributing,” noted Eagles General Manager Gautam Srivastava. “Our guys battled adversity to came back from a five run deficit. Their hard work over the season paid off with this win over a very strong opponent.”
Premier Eagles Manager Anthony Pluta agreed and praised the effort and determination of his players. “I am proud of the grit and character of this team. They never gave up. We were down early but there was a quiet confidence in our dugout that we would win the game and we did.”
Srivistava and Pluta have shared the managerial duties this year, with Srivistava playing mentor to Pluta as he had no previous experience in the BCPBL. Making the Final Four was a joint accomplishment that both can be proud of and will provide Pluta with all the experience he needs to lead the team on his own in 2014, as Srivistava will be managing the 2014 Tier I Bantam AAA Eagles team.
The 2013 BCPBL Final Four begins Friday at Delair Park in Abbotsford as the Eagles will take on the Nanaimo Pirates (who upset the second seeded Victoria Mariners in 2 straight) in a 4:30 pm game.
The Eagles then move on to face the Vancouver Cannons at 10:00 AM on Saturday and the host Abbotsford Cardinals at 5:30 pm.
Following the round robin, the 4th place team will be eliminated, while the second and third place teams will play a semi-final game at 12:30 PM Sunday, with the winner of that, and the #1 seed following the round robin, playing in the championship game at 3:00 pm on Sunday.