Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
The Victoria HarbourCats are now 2-3 on the season after an 11-4 loss to the Cowlitz Black Bears, in a game played Wednesday night at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria.
The Harbour Cats team hung their heads Wednesday night as they couldnt solve Bears pitcher Billy Sahlinger in a 11-4 loss. Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Cowlitz, now 3-2 in the 2014 West Coast League campaign, broke the game open with five runs in the fourth inning and another four in the fifth, tagging University of Kentucky pitcher Andrew Nelson with the loss in his first outing as a HarbourCat.
Cowlitz Bear Trevor Lane scored once and had two hits on six at bats Wednesday as he makes contact with this trip to the plate – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Cats Andrew Nelson was tagged with the loss with five hits on seven runs in the 11-4 loss to the Cowltiz Bears – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The HarbourCats got a home run from Alex DeGoti, his first of the season and the team’s first at home this year. Victoria actually outhit the Black Bears 12-9, but made three errors, one more than Cowlitz.
Alex DeGoti would get his first home run of the season in the ninth inning posting three hits on four at bats – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The HarbourCats used six pitchers to try and stop the scoring — Nelson, Quintin Torres-Costa (University of Hawaii), Preston Ryan (New Mexico), Jacob McAdams (Arizona), Brandon Feldman (Otero JC) and Dylan Stowell (California Baptist).
The Cowlitz Bears had difficulty stealing second base Wednesday night as Degoti tags out Jon Reece attempting the theft – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Billy Sahlinger of Cowlitz was the winning pitcher, lasting into the eighth inning, striking out just two but scattering 10 HarbourCats hits.
Starting pitcher Billy Sahlinger would go eight innings to record the win with a 2.08 era on the night – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Cats first baseman Bryce Greager holds Ryan Aguilar from stealing second base – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The night before, the HarbourCats needed 11 innings to outlast the Black Bears 6-5. On Thursday night, the teams will play the rubber match of the series, a 7:11pm start at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park, on team poster giveaway night. Mikey Wright (San Jose State) will be the starting pitcher for Victoria.
Cats first baseman Bryce Greager of Fountian Hills, Arizona fields the Bears bunt on the line before the hard tag on the runner for the out – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
On Friday, the HarbourCats start a three-game series in Bend, Oregon, against the Elks.