Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
In a very short few days, the Victoria HarbourCats have gone from a tie for first place to looking for a way to regroup with a few days off ahead.
Alex DeGoti fields the Dallas Carroll force out and throws for the out at first base – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The four-game losing streak follows a three-game string in which the HarbourCats moved to 5-3 in the standings — that mark now stands at 5-7. The Bells are 8-3.
Nate Anderson (Bellevue Community College), the nine-hole hitter for the Bells, hit a home run for Bellingham as part of a 10-hit barrage. The Bells scored twice in the third, once in the fifth, three times in the sixth, and added another in the seventh.
Second baseman Griffin Andreychuk climbs the ladder to try to pull down a errant throw from home plate – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
In the error column, the HarbourCats committed four, three more than the Bells. Eder Erives (Arizona State) was the winning pitcher.
With days off looming Thursday and Friday, Victoria starter Mikey Wright pitched deep into the game, going six innings and picking up his first loss — six hits allowed, six runs (four earned), and three apiece in the walks and strikeouts departments in his 94 pitches. Wright was tagged with his first loss of the season.
HarbourCats Mikey Wright would go six innings for the loss in a 7-2 HarbourCats defeat. It was Wright’s first loss of the young season. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Sean Watkins saw his first duty on the mound for the HarbourCats and gave up three hits and an earned run in two innings, before Carson Schneider capped the pitching with one scoreless inning.
Alex DeGoti supplied one of few offensive bright spots for the HarbourCats, blasting a solo home run to left field in the third inning. In the seventh inning, Alan Baldwin’s pinch-hit triple scored Hunter Mercado-Hood — one of seven hits the HarbourCats mustered. Victoria hitters fanned nine times, compared to just four strikeouts of Bellingham hitters.
Hunter Mercado-Hood went 2-4 in the hit category and scored a run in a losing cause Wednesday night – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The HarbourCats now have two days off from game action — but a meet-the-players event is planned for 5pm-7:30pm in the meeting room at View Royal Casino on Thursday night. More players are due in this weekend — first baseman Gabe Clark, catcher Aaron Barnett, and catcher Jake Lesinski.
Cats outfielder Nathan Lukes saw a fair bit of action of the end of the Bellingham Bells bats Wednesday Night at Sports Trader Diamond – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Saturday is BASEBALL DAY IN VICTORIA as proclaimed by Mayor Dean Fortin and will include a youth skills camp (9am-11am at Sports Traders Diamond), a ‘celebrity game’ featuring area mayors and politicians and media and local baseball executives, and capped that night with what might be the best game of the early part of the season, an exhibition game between the HarbourCats and the Pacific International League’s Langley Blaze, a team featuring a number of recent pros and former college stars. Gametime is 7:11pm.
Sunday is BASEBALL DAY IN DUNCAN, with the HarbourCats and Blaze meeting at Evans Park at 1:05pm. The Duncan game is free admission, and it’s recommended people bring a lawn chair to take advantage of great spots all around the fencing.
NEXT SERIES: The HarbourCats play host to the Bend Elks on Monday (Fairway Markets Night), Tuesday (Castle Building Centres Night) and Wednesday (Luv Salon Gameday, haircuts for charity). All are 7:11pm starts.