HarbourCats slain by Knights

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Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens (ISN)

 

July 28, 2013 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria HarbourCats woes continued on Saturday night as a crowd of 1,292 watched them fall to the Covallis Knights 5-1.

The month of July has not been kind to the ‘Cats with 8 wins and 16 losses their season record falls to 18-21 and they now sit 3.5 games back of North division co-leaders Walla Walla Sweets and Bellingham Bells.

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Victoria’s Ty Provencher (L) and Corvallis’ Casey Bloomquist (R) got the start for their respective clubs on Saturday night. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

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A sliding Jordan Ellis was unable to break up the double play from Covallis Knight’s Peter Van Gansen during early inning action on Saturday night. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

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The throw to Victoria’s Jordan Ellis was too late as Corvallis’ Kevin Kline legs out a dropped 3rd strike. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

While the pitching staff is doing their part a lack of run support is making wins tough to come by. The HarbourCats have been held scoreless in their last 20 innings prior to tonight’s game and scored only 16 runs in their last 75 innings of play.

The struggles would continue on Saturday, despite getting 6 hits on the night the only run the ‘Cats would put on the board came in the bottom of the 9th when a single off the bat of Chris Lewis scored Alex Real from 2nd base.

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HarbourCats’ Alex DeGoti is unable to come up with the catch allowing Knight’s Grant Melker a succesful stolen base during Saturday night’s WCL game at Royal Athletic Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

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A diving Tim Richards is unable to get to a ground ball during the HarbourCats opening game against the Covallis Knights. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

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Despite being off balance Covallis 2nd baseman Peter Van Gansen is able to make the throw to 1st base for the out. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

Ty Provencher, named game MVP, had a strong outing on the mound for Victoria going 8 complete innings allowing 2 runs off 4 hits with a club record 11 strikeouts. Things didn’t go as well for reliever Scott Kuzminsky as he would give up 3 runs off 4 hits in the 9th inning.

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Ty Provencher earned player of the game honors on Saturday night after tossing a team record 11 strikeouts. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

The HarbourCats looking to bolster their roster for the stretch drive have re-signed outfielder Nick Rutckyi and infielder Daryl Blaskovitch as well as signing right handed pitcher Tyler Rowe.

The two teams are back in action for a Sunday matinee game at 1:05 pm at Royal Athletic Park then close the series out on Monday at 7:05 pm. The HarbourCats will close out their 6 game home stand with a three game set against the Klamath Falls Gems on July 30,31 and August 1.

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