June 8 , 2014(ISN) – Kelowna B.C. The Victoria HarbourCats suffered their first loss of the young 2014
season, on the wrong end of a 9-7 decision Saturday night in Kelowna.
The host Falcons trailed 6-1 but pushed seven runs — the dreaded ‘hockey
stick’, whether in golf or baseball — across the plate in a marathon
bottom of the fifth inning to turn the game 180 degrees.
Both teams are at 1-1 on the campaign.
Hunter Mercado-Hood’s three-run homer to right field, the team’s first of
the season, in the fourth inning put the visiting HarbourCats out in front.
Mercado-Hood is a former MLB draft pick now at the University of San Diego.
But Victoria relievers Jacob McAdams and Mark Marinch had trouble with
their control and the Falcons scored those seven runs on just two hits,
with help from two infield errors by Victoria.
Mercado-Hood currently leads the WCL in RBIs with seven so far, a torrid
pace through two games.
Jeremy Alderman got the win in relief for Kelowna, while Mark Marinch (Las
Vegas NV, Dixie State University) was saddled with the loss in his first
West Coast League outing.
Quinten Torres-Costa (University of Hawaii) struck out four, walked one,
and give up four hits in four innings as the HarbourCats starter.
Cole Kreuter (going to UC-Irvine in fall), put into the leadoff role for
the first time, was 3-6, and Mercado-Hood was 2-5 with four runs driven in.
Wyler Smith (Utah) provided the game’s most exciting moment when he stole
home in the third inning, taking advantage of a lefty pitcher not paying
enough attention to the speedy runner on third base.
Smith leads the WCL in stolen bases with five.
Darren Honeysett (Monterrey Peninsula JC) was 2-2 and reached base five
times for the HarbourCats. The HarbourCats outhit the Falcons 11-7 but made
four errors and walked five batters. Kelowna pitchers combined on eight
walks. Three of the batters at the bottom of the HarbourCats order, Bryce
Greager (U-Nevada Reno), Kelly Norris-Jones (Illinois) and John Grimsley
(U-San Diego), combined to go 0-12 with five strikeouts.
Alex Rogers (Trinidad State) is tentatively slated to get the call on the
mound for the HarbourCats on Sunday in the series finale, a 6:05pm start at
Elks Stadium in Kelowna.
Another league leader on the HarbourCats is pitcher Mikey Wright, whose
seven strikeouts is most so far in the league.
The HarbourCats have Monday off, but will have community events — Noon to
1pm, a slo-pitch game against Military members at Colville Park in
Esquimalt, and a meet-the-fans autograph session from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Monday afternoon at Island Savings, the new branch at Mayfair Mall (Tolmie
and Douglas). The HarbourCats open at home on June 10-11-12 against the
Cowlitz Black Bears, the first-ever meeting between the divisional rivals
in Victoria. Tickets are still available for all three games through