Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
August 2, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Mavericks received a fine pitching performance from Shawn Loglisci, but will need another day to see the outcome, as their opening game in the 2013 Senior Men’s Baseball Provincials against the Burnaby Bulldogs at Lambrick Park was suspended in a 3-3 tie after 8 innings of play due to darkness.
Loglisci went a full seven of the eight innings, allowing the three Bulldog runs on eight scattered hits.
The Bulldogs would jump out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second after a Maverick throwing error allowed a runner to score from third, and then add another in the top of the fourth, courtesy of an RBI double from James Zamko.
Victoria Mavericks pitcher Shawn Loglisci would have a fine outing Friday, holding Burnaby to three runs on eight scattered hits (Photo: Christian J. Stewart Island Sports News)
The Mavericks would respond in the bottom of the fourth, scoring all three of their runs in the inning. Bulldogs starting pitcher Mitch Hodge would find himself in trouble after Daryl Blaskovich (error), Lanny Burrows (walk) and Sean Murphy (single) would all reach to load the bases.
Victoria second baseman Lanny Burrows tries to come up with the ball as it bounces of the helmet of Burnaby baserunner Rob Recuenco during a play at second base on Friday evening (Photo: Christian J. Stewart Island Sports News)
A fielder’s choice by Dave Auger would knock home the first Maverick’s run, while an RBI single from Bobby Scott and a bases loaded walk to Tony Dill would then give the Mavericks a 3-2 lead.
Dave Auger (left) and Bobby Scott (right) would knock in the first and second Mavericks runs respectively in the 4th inning Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart Island Sports News)
The score would remain that way until the top of the sixth, when the Bulldogs would tie things up thanks to a double from Rob Recuenco and then an RBI single from Jeff Sheppard.
Burnaby starting pitcher Mitch Hodge would be effective, allowing just one bad inning in the 3-3 suspended game tie with the Mavericks (Photo: Christian J. Stewart Island Sports News)
After that point, neither team could manufacture another run, as relievers for both sides – David Kington for the Bulldogs and Matt Atkinson for the Mavericks – were extremely effective in the advancing gloom.
Burnaby second baseman Jordan Padrinao turns the double play ahead of a sliding Sean Cowland during Friday night action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart Island Sports News)
Once the Mavericks completed their at bats in the eighth inning, the decision to halt the game was made. It will be resumed at 9:00 AM on Saturday morning, prior to the regularly scheduled game at 9:30 am.
Langley Blaze vs. Victoria Mavericks Two
In other opening day action Friday, the Victoria Mavericks second entry in the tournament went down to defeat at the hands of the Langley Blaze 5-0.
Langley second baseman Zack Mihic reaches for the throw as a diving Jared Roberts heads back to the bag during a pick off attempt in Game 1 on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart Island Sports News)
Victoria Mariners stand-out Chris Fougner got the start on the hill for the Mavericks and he was touched up early for a two-run home run by the Blaze’s Scott Webster in the top of the first inning.
Chris Fougner got the start for the Mavericks Two on Friday, giving up all 5 Langley runs on 9 hits in his 6 innings of work (Photo: Christian J. Stewart Island Sports News)
While Fougner would then settle down, the Blaze were able to score three more off the young hurler, including a another dinger by the Blaze’s Aaron Horanski in the 6th that made the score 5-0.
Aaron Horanski watches as his 6th inning home run heads over the centre field fence (Photo: Christian J. Stewart Island Sports News)
Meanwhile Langley starter Jesse Peters was having his way with the Mavericks, giving up just two hits over his 6 innings pitched and striking out 12.
Langley’s Jesse Peters would throw a two-hitter in his team’s 5-0 win over the Victoria Mavericks Two in opening day action at the Senior Men’s Provincials (Photo: Christian J. Stewart Island Sports News)
Peters gave way to closer Steven Fedarau for the final inning, while the Mavericks used Mackenzie Catto, who retired the Blaze in the top of the 7th on just six pitches.
Kamloops Sun Devils vs. Nanaimo Coal Miners
The Coal Miners would jump into an early 3-1 first inning lead, but then would watch in despair as the Sun Devils scored 3 runs in the second, 8 runs in the third and another 2 runs in the 5th to go on to a 14-4 mercy-rule shortened win.
Despite this late hit from Nanaimo’s Steve MacKinnon, the Coal Miners would suffer a 14-4 mercy rule defeat at the hands of the Kamloops Sun Devils on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart Island Sports News)
The Senior Men’s Provincials continues Saturday at Lambrick Park with games all day beginning at 9:00 am. After completing their suspended game at 9:00 am, the Mavericks 1 team plays Kamloops at 6:00 pm, while the Mavericks 2 team will play Trail at 3:00 pm.
A full schedule may be found at http://www.ballcharts.com/teams/index.php?team=bcseniorbaseball