Written by Ryan Rouillard (HarbourCats) – Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
July 29, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – HarbourCats Head Coach Dennis Rogers always stresses the fact that a game is never over until the final out is in the book, and the Corvallis Knights used a 3-run 9th to knock off Victoria, 4-2, on Sunday.
The HarbourCats got on the board in the 1st with an RBI single from Alex DeGoti to give Bryan Conant some early run support. The Knights got a run of their own in the 3rd, but Victoria answered right back with another RBI single from DeGoti to make it a 2-1 lead.
Cats Alex Degoti makes sure he tags out the Knights attempted steal before his legs were cut out from under him – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Harbour Cats Alex Real sizes up the ninth inning as the Corvallis Knights would erupt for three runs in the top of the ninth to steal the game from the home team – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
That lead would hold for a majority of the game, as Bryan Conant and Corvallis starter Jacob Schroeder got locked in a pitcher’s duel. At 105 pitches through 8, Conant was pulled for closer Ryan Keller, who would go on to surrender 3 runs in the 9th, including a pair of RBI doubles from Cody Lenahan and Kevin Kline. The Knights also benefitted from a dropped fly ball in right field by Brett Urabe that brought in the insurance run.
The Harbour Cats would drop a last inning decision Sunday at RAP as the Corvallis Knights would steal the game with 3 runs in the top of the ninth inning to close out the weekend series. Nick Rutckyi gets caught swinging low for a rising pitch – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Schroeder attempted to finish off his complete game in the 9th, but like Casey Bloomquist last night, fell 1 out short of the complete game. Alex DeGoti led off the 9th with a double, finishing 4-4 on the day. After a bloop single and a walk, Victoria had the bases loaded with 2 outs, but pinch hitter Austin Russell bounced out to end the game and give Corvallis the series win.
Second Baseman Alex Degoti fields the infield ground ball durning a Sunday matinee game against the Corvallis Knights – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
Left–handed pitcher Bryan Conant would take the loss as the Cats couldn’t close out a resilient Knights team giving away the win in the top of the ninth inning – Erich Eichhorn image
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The HarbourCats lost for the fourth consecutive time, but this was the first time in their last 7 losses that they have scored more than 1 run. They’ll look to avoid the sweep tomorrow night at 7:05 PM as Tyler Rowe gets the start, making his first appearance in a Victoria uniform.
Short stop Tim Richards, covering second base for team mate Degoti gets the runner out on the force play. Knights Chris Rabago slides for good measure – Erich Eichhorn image
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