HabourCats Fall in West Division Battle

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Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
 
The Victoria HarbourCats tried to keep pace with the well-rested Bellingham Bells on Monday — and, well, tomorrow is another day.
 

Harbour Cats look on during opening game one of their series vs the Bellingham Bells as they dropped a 9-1 decision Monday in front of 1,026 fans. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca
 
On Finishing Store Cowbell Night, the HarbourCats dropped a 9-1 decision to the visiting Bells in front of 1,026 at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park, falling to 5-5 in the process. The West Division-leading Bells moved to 6-3 thanks to more rest — they were rained out on Sunday and got to take a breather, while the HarbourCats were playing in Bend and making their way back to Victoria for Monday’s game.
 
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Outfielder Danny Collier couldn’t reach this Scott Heath blast as two runs would score on this homerun three batters into the first inning – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
 
No team in the West Division is below the .500 mark. STANDINGS: http://harbourcats.bbstats.pointstreak.com/standings.html?leagueid=145&seasonid=26711
 
Victoria starter Logan Lombana, a right-hander from Long Beach State, had a rough first inning that led to two Bellingham runs — on a two-run shot by Scott Heath three batters into the game. Lombana gave up four hits and five baserunners in that first inning, but settled down from there, finishing with six innings pitched, just five hits overall, and the two runs. He struck out four.
 
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Starting Cats pitcher Logan Lombana, allowed five hits and two runs over six innings pitched in game one Monday at Sports Traders Diamond. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
 
The star of the show for Bellingham was starter Grant Goodman, who struck out seven and allowed but one hit — a double by Ted Boeke (Loyola Marymount) — through six innings. He walked five, but still got the win.
 
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Bells Pitcher Grant Goodman made the best of his six innings on the mound, allowing only one hit – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
 
The HarbourCats trailed 2-0 going to the seventh, the game well in reach, but new HarbourCats lefty Don Sullivan (Riverside Community College) had a rough debut with the HarbourCats, allowing four hits and three runs in one inning of work. Mark Marinch (Dixie State) came in for the eighth, looked strong, then allowed four runs in the ninth to skew the game score. Marinch fanned five hitters in just two innings.
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Alex DeGoti fields a Bells infield hit for the throw out at first base – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
 
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Wyler Smith would double and score the Harbour Cats only run on the evening – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
 
The HarbourCats allowed 14 hits, responding with six of their own. Striking out 11 times didn’t help Victoria, as Boeke and Wyler Smith (Utah) both doubled. Devin Carter of Pepperdine, who pinch hit for his first at-bat as a HarbourCats, singled in the only home team run with two outs in seventh inning.
 
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Third baseman Ted Boeke elevates to bring down this sure base hit – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
 
TUESDAY — It’s the first BOBBLEHEAD DAY in HarbourCats history, as Fisherworks Irrigation Services and Island Sports News present the Kelly Norris-Jones Bobblehead. They will be given to the first 1,000 through the gates, and the gates open at 6pm for the 7:11pm game.
 
Andrew Nelson (Kentucky) is the starting pitcher for the HarbourCats, looking to halt a two-game slide.
 
On Wednesday, Mikey Wright (San Jose State) is the starting pitcher for Island Savings Night, also Winning Wednesday’s with Spinnaker’s.
 
Saturday is Baseball Day in Victoria, a big day of activities all day at Sports Traders Diamond.

 

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