Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
Catcher Kelly Norris-Jones scored from second on a double by Nathan Lukes in the bottom of the 11th inning on Tuesday night as the Victoria HarbourCats captured their home-opener 6-5 over the Cowlitz Black Bears.
Nathan Lukes was the hero in an 11th inning win over the Cowlitz Black Bears with a walk-off double that Scored teammate Kelly Norris-Jones. Lukes shatters his bat in this trip to the plate.- Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Norris-Jones, a local product and member of the University of Illinois program, came on in relief part-way through the game. He worked a walk to open the 11th and moved over on a Danny Collier bunt. Lukes, a lefty hitter from Sacramento State, launched a flare that was just fair inside the left field line, scoring Norris-Jones.
Nathan Lukes with the hot bat late when it counted to give the Harbour Cats a 6-5 win and a 2-2 record on the early season – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The game was played in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,038 at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park, and many stayed right to the end, boisterous all the way.
3000 + fans can’t be wrong as they flocked to Sports Trader Diamond at Royal Athletic Park in a sold out opener for the Harbour Cats – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Third baseman Ted Boeke, leads off third base trying to distract the Cowlitz pitcher – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The HarbourCats are now 2-2 on the season, tied with divisional-rival Cowlitz for third place, and they will meet again Wednesday and Thursday at Sports Traders Diamond (7:11pm starts both days).
Bryce Greager is pulled off the bag by an errant throw that sails past his glove – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Cowlitz outhit the HarbourCats 13-9, and Victoria trailed 3-1 in the sixth, but tied the game with two runs in the bottom of that inning. The teams exchanged two runs apiece in the seventh inning, and that capped the scoring until Lukes cashed the winning run.
Alex DeGoti would beat the throw to second base much to the disagreement from the Cowlitz Bears – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Reliever Tim Peabody was the winning pitcher with 4.1 scoreless innings and six strikeouts, surrendering just three hits. Joe Reta took the loss.
Tim Peabody would get the win for his efforts Tuesday night in relieving starter Logan Lombana – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Starter Logan Lombana would pitch five innings, allowing only two runs on four hits on opening night – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Andrew Nelson, a member of the rotation with the University of Kentucky, gets the call on the mound for the HarbourCats on Wednesday