Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

June 21st, 2014 Victoria, BC (ISN) –  Nobody could be sure after the game was finished who was more relieved, the players or the fans watching the game, that the players involved came off the field in one piece and with a heartbeat after playing in the Baseball Day in Victoria’s Celebrity baseball game Saturday afternoon a Royal Athletic Park. 

The Greater Victoria Baseball Association’s Golden Eagles had no trouble seeing the ball Saturday afternoon as they defeated Mayor Fortin’s celebrity team 6-2. – Erich Eichhorn image (ww.allsportmedia.ca)

In a sparsely attended baseball friendly, a Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin led team of celebrities and media personalities against a team of Greater Victoria Baseball Association executives in a celebration of baseball in the Greater Victoria and Lower Island area playing a five inning baseball game.


Both teams would settle their onfield differences in time to pose for ISN post game – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)


GVBA’s Mark Stephenson “gracefully” slides into third looking to beat the tag of Steve Duffy – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Mayor Fortin’s led  team included Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard, Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen, Metchosin Mayor John Ranns and MLA Andrew Weaver – and media members Chandler Grieve (CTV), Cliff LeQuesne (100.3 The Q), Jeff King (CHEK),Kiley Stanton (Global), Steve Duffy (CFAX 1070) and Travis Paterson (Black Press). The team was mascotted by Harvey the Harbour Cat.  Greater Victoria Baseball Association executives, naming themselves the “Golden Eagles”, were led by President Fraser Campbell.  The GVBA was team comprised of representives from  member organizations from Carnarvon, Gordon Head at Lambrick Park, Layritz, Esquimalt, Triangle and Peninsula.   Other notable Golden Eagles players were ISN photographer Christian Stewart, , and Langford City Councillor Roger Wade, who is involved with youth baseball on many levels in the Victoria area. Marty the Marmot, exchanging his ice skate for cleats, represented the GVBA contingent.


Mayor Dean Fortin and Harvey the Harbour Cat lament over thier teams scoring woes – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca )


Golden Eagle runner couldn’t beat the tag at the plate made by Chandler Grieve of CTV – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

It would take an inning or so for both teams to limber up, but the GVBA would make the most of their obvious experience and jump out to a two-run lead by the second inning to go up 2-0. Much to the apparent displeasure of some his mayoral counterparts, scapegoat Mayor Dean Fortin would be given the hook after being tagged with the two runs, and religated to first base for his performance. The “Q”‘s Cliff LesQuesne would come in in relief to hopefully cool off the hot GVBA bats. The Golden Eagles would continue to pound the ball, putting up an additional four runs, some by way of the long ball variety, and by the bottom of the fourth inning increase thier hold to a 6-0 score.


ISN photographer and Golden Eagle Christian Stewart keeps his foot on the bag for the out at first base – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

A resilient Fortin team would battle back for respect, finding a way late in the game to put a couple of runs on the board. The run last was an inspirational effort by Harvey the Harbour Cat. After being advanced to first base on an errant pitch by LeQuesne that him, he would put himeself in scoring position by stealing and sliding safely into second base. Harvey would prove to be the final run batted in as Mayor Fortin’s team would accept a 6-2 defeat at the hand of Victoria’s Baseball helm.


Harbour Cats GM Jim Swanson hurls a few with velocity for the Fortin team – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)


Harvey the Harbour Cat, risking a long night of cleaning, hits the dirt to come away safe at second base – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

ISN’s Player of the Game went to Harvey the Harbour Cat for his inspirational base stealing performance in the face of defeat.  Jim Swanson, General Manager of the Harbour Cats, is sure to get a grooming bill for Harvey’s fur coat.


Allison Adams makes contact on the ball much as her teams did most of the game – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)


Kiley Stanton, of Global TV, gets on top of the ball for a chance to to get on base but would be tagged out by the pitcher at about the 50 foot mark on her way to first base – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca )

In a continuation of the weekend long event, the Harbour Cats will play home and home exhibition games against the Pacific International League Langley Blaze. Game one will take place at Royal Athletic Park Saturday night. Game two will be played Sunday night in Duncan at Evans Park.  Both games start at 7:11 pm