Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
May 17, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Victoria Mavericks pitcher Sean Loglisci used a 3-hit, 10 strikeout performance to earn a 2-1 complete game victory over the Nanaimo Coal Miners in the opening game of the 2014 Doug Conn Memorial Senior Men’s Baseball Tournament Saturday afternoon at Lambrick Park in Victoria.
Mavericks’ second baseman Lanny Burrows would come up with this ground ball, but then make a throwing error that ultimatley led to Nanaimo’s only run of the game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Independent Sports News)
Loglisci was extremely efficient on the afternoon, forcing the Coal Miners to put the ball in play, and not walking a single batter all game. His only real difficulty came in the bottom of the second inning, where courtesy of a leadoff error by second baseman Lanny Burrows, a hit batter and a base hit by Aidan Goodall, the Coal Miners had loaded the bases with nobody out.
Mavericks’ second baseman Lanny Burrows turns a critical second-inning double play Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Independent Sports News)
Loglisci however, enticed the next batter, Jordan Blundell, to ground into a 6-4-3 double play, scoring a run, and then struck out Jackson McCuaig to escape the inning with minimal damage.
Meanwhile, Nanaimo starter Tyler Ulrich was also being effective and despite allowing base runners in each of his first four innings of work, he would hold that 1-0 lead until the top of the 5th, when the Mavericks would tie things up. Catcher Barry Talbot would reach on a 1-out single and eventually come in to score on an RBI single from Graham Campbell, his third hit of the game.
Nanaimo’s Tyler Ulrich (left) and Victoria’s Sean Loglisci both went the distance Saturday afternoon, with Loglisci emerging with the 2-1 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Independent Sports News)
After a scoreless sixth, the Mavericks would manufacture what turned out to be the winning run in the top of the seventh. Right fielder Tony Dill would lead things off with a walk, take second on a passed ball and then move to third on a sacrifice bunt from Kevin Pockett.
Victoria shortstop Kevin Pockett stretches in vain for this errant throw (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Independent Sports News)
Talbot would then follow with his second hit of the game, a double to the centerfield fence, scoring Dill and giving the Mavericks the lead.
In the bottom of the inning, the home Coal Miners would see leadoff hitter Tyson Dyck reach and move to second on a throwing error by the Maverick shortstop Pockett. The Mav’s would then catch a break when a failed Coal Miner’s sacrifice bunt attempt was popped up for the first out. Loglisci would then bear down and strike out the next three batters (the middle of which would reach first on a dropped third strike), ending the game and giving the Mavericks the nail-biting win.
Victoria’s Kevin Pockett keeps a close eye on his 7th inning sacrifice bunt that helped lead to the Mavericks winning run (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Independent Sports News)
Loglisci finished the game allowing no earned runs on 3 hits, with 10 strikeouts and no walks. Ulrich, who also went the distance, gave up the 2 earned runs on 6 hits, walking 2 while striking out 6.
Victoria’s Barry Talbot watches as his game winning RBI double heads to the centerfield fence during the seventh inning Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Independent Sports News)
The Doug Conn tournament continues over the weekend with round robin games Saturday and Sunday, and with semi-final games going at 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm Sunday and the final at Noon on Monday. Next up for the Mavericks are the defending Provincial Champion Langley Blaze at 6:00 pm Saturday. They then meet the Burnaby Bulldogs at Noon Sunday.