Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
April 26, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Eagles snapped a 3-game losing streak in fine fashion Saturday, sweeping a BC Premier Baseball League double header from the North Delta Blue Jays by scores of 2-1 and 7-2 at Lambrick Park in Victoria.
North Delta runner Kevin Sengara is a dead duck as Eagles catcher Sam Stevenson would tag him out on this play in Game 1 Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Independent Sports News)
The Eagles, coming off 7-5 and 1-0 losses to Vancouver last Sunday, and a tough 8-7 loss to Nanaimo last Saturday, needed the wins today to get back on track and keep pace with the league leaders in the BCPBL. And for the Eagles, it was their pitching and defence that did just that, particularly in Game 1 where the Eagles got a fine starting performance from pitcher Karsten Waters, who surrendered the lone Blue Jays run on just three hits, walking none and striking out three in his five innings of work.
Eagles pitcher Karsten Waters (left) and Blue Jays pitcher Dylan MacAhonic (right) would engage in a tight pitching battle in Game 1, with Water emerging as a 2-1 winner (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Independent Sports News)
Waters, who gave up the lone run in the top of the first, was helped by his defence in the second, when Kieran Waters made a perfect throw to the plate to cut down the Blue Jays’ Kevin Sengara, and again in the fifth when second baseman Alex Hendra-Brown made a great play to track down a bloop line drive by Dryden Rossiter and then threw to first to double off Luke Reynolds, who reached earlier on an error.
Victoria second baseman Alex Hendra-Brown would make a fine catch on this play and double off a North Delta runner on first (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Independent Sports News)
The Eagles meanwhile were also having some troubles with North Delta starter Dylan MacAhonic, but they did get to him in the bottom of the first when Kobe Morris singled and eventually came in to score on a two-out single by Brendan Turcotte. They also notched a second run off MacAhonic in the bottom of the third when Zane Takhar would single and then score on Morris’s second hit of the day.
The Eagles Kobe Morris had another fine day at the plate, getting a pair of hits and the game winning RBI in Game 1 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Independent Sports News)
That would be it for the Eagles though, as MacAhonic would be near perfect the rest of the way, finishing the game with the two Eagle runs allowed on six scattered hits, one walk and striking out four.
The Eagles pitching would also shut down the Blue Jay bats in the final innings, as Tyler DeMan would come in to pitch a perfect sixth inning, and Drew Davidoff would follow in the seventh, allowing a two out double to North Delta’s Sengara, but then getting a ground out to earn the save in the 2-1 win.
The Eagles bullpen tandem of Tyler DeMan (left) and Drew Davidoff (right) were perfect in Game 1 Saturday, preserving the 2-1 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Independent Sports News)
In Game 2, the Eagles did not so much win it, instead it was pretty much handed to them by Blue Jays starting pitcher Evan Rogers.
Rogers hit Victoria leadoff hitter Zane Takhar with the first pitch of the game and it all went downhill for the big 6’4″ right hander after that. Two wild pitches would advance Takhar to third, where he would then score on yet another wild pitch, which also was ball four to batter Kobe Morris.
After an out, Rogers would then hit Alex Hendra-Brown, balk home the Eagles second run of the game, walk Brendan Turcotte and then walk Tyler Duncan to load the bases. That would be the end of the adventure for Rogers, as he would be replace on the mound by Bryantt Pawliw.
Tyson Abbot would knock in the Eagles second run with this single in the first inning of Game 2 on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Independent Sports News)
Pawliw, would not fare much better in the inning, being greeted by an RBI single from Tyson Abbott, and then walking Ben Goertzen, giving the Eagles a 4-0 lead. After Duncan scored on yet another wild pitch, Kieran Waters would then follow with a 2-RBI single to centre that scored Abbott and Goertzen and gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead.
Kieran Waters’ 2-RBI single in the bottom of the first, was a key highlight of the Eagles seven run inning against North Delta in Game 2 Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Independent Sports News)
While Zane Takhar, in his second at bat of the inning, would follow with another single, that would be all the scoring the Eagles would do in the inning, giving starter Dallas Patterson a good cushion to work with.
Eagles baserunner Kieran Waters would be tagged out on this play by North Delta second baseman Nathan Unrau (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Independent Sports News)
After that outburst in the first, both teams were quiet until the top of the fifth as both Patterson and Pawliw, who had settled down after being rushed into action in the first, kept their respective opponents at bay.
North Delta right fielder Ryo Takenaka would take to his knees to make a fine catch in Game 2 against the Eagles on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Independent Sports News)
In that fifth inning, the Blue Jays would mount their biggest offensive threat of the day, as Dryden Rossiter would walk and Malcolm Boehm would single off Patterson to lead off the inning. Both would then score on a 2-RBI single from Tyler Hoefer, but that would be it as Patterson then got the final two batters to fly out to end the threat.
The Eagles Dallas Patterson (left) and North Delta’s Bryantt Pawliw (right) had near identical numbers Saturday, each giving up 2 runs on 6 hits in five innings of work. Patterson would emerge with the 7-2 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Independent Sports News)
After that, set-up man Tyler DeMan would emerge unscathed in the sixth, while closer Stephen Thornton would close out the seventh, retiring the side in order to clinch the 7-2 win.
The pair of wins gives the Eagles a 5-3 record early in the 2014 BCPBL season and they sit in fifth place, just 2.5 games back of league leading Langley who sport an 8-1 record.
The Eagles continue play at home this weekend as they host the Abbotsford Cardinals on Sunday, with games at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm at Lambrick Park. The Cardinals are coming off 1-0 and 5-4 Saturday losses to the Victoria Mariners.