Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
June 22, 2014, Duncan, BC (ISN) – What a difference a day makes. Less than 24 hours after having their bats virtually silenced in a 5-0 loss Saturday night in Victoria, the Langley Senior Blaze pounded out 11 hits, including two home runs, to cruise to a 10-5 win over the Victoria HarbourCats in an exhibition game played at Evans Park in Duncan.
Langley’s Scott Webster had a good day at the plate Sunday with three hits, including this first inning home-run (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The game was a highlight event of Baseball Day in Duncan and part of the closing ceremonies for the Duncan Junior Baseball Association and while the close to 1,000 in attendance that lined the field probably would have loved to see a HarbourCats win, they went away happy, having watched a great display of baseball by both clubs.
Langley starting pitcher Steven Federau (left) and reliever Shane Kraemer (left) held the HarbourCats to just one hit over the first 5 innings Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Blaze were in control of this game early, jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead thanks to solo home runs from Scott Webster in the 1st and Joe Germaine in the 2nd. Both shots came off Victoria starter Alex Rogers and were the only two hits he gave up in his two innings of work.
Langley shortstop Louis Boyd would be a touch late with the tag on Victoria’s Sean Watkins during this steal of second base on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
After Victoria’s Mikey Wright would come in to pitch a scoreless 3rd, the Blaze would jump all over an erratic Dylan Stowell in the 4th, plating four runs on the strength of three hits and four walks surrendered by Stowell.
Jacob McAdams would come in to stem the bleeding, getting a double-play to end the inning and would stay in the game to pitch another two scoreless innings and hold the Blaze lead to 6-0 into the bottom of the 6th.
Victoria reliever Jacob McAdams would give the HarbourCats 2 and 2/3 of scoreless relief against Langley (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Meanwhile it was the HarbourCats bats that went silent on Sunday, as they could muster only a single hit off Langley starter Steven Federau and reliever Shane Kraemer through the first five innings.
They finally managed to break through for a pair of runs in the bottom of the 6th, but neither came as a result of a hit, as Langley reliever Joe Bauer would hit a batter and walk another three, plus see his defense make an error, all of which led to those two runs crossing the plate.
As part of Baseball Day in Duncan, the Duncan Junior Baseball Association handed out their league awards to their top minor baseball players (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Things got worse for the HarbourCats in the top of the 8th inning, as four Blaze hits off reliever Don Sullivan, combined with two HarbourCats errors, saw four more Langley runs cross the plate, extending their lead to 10-2.
Victoria infielder Sean Watkins had the opportunity to turn a pair of double plays Sunday, ironically both with Langley’s Louis Boyd being the front man out (Photos: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
While the ‘Cats would finally string some hits together to score a pair in the bottom of the 8th and another in the bottom of the 9th, it would not be nearly enough and the Blaze easily closed out the 10-5 win.
Leading the way offensively for the Blaze was Webster, who, including his home run, went 3 for 4 on the day, with a walk, 2 runs scored and an RBI. Clayton Howell and Jacob Yousif also had a pair of hits each, while Louis Boyd reached base four times with a hit and three walks.
Langley’s Jacob Yousif had a pair of hits Sunday, including this 2 RBI single in the 4th inning (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
For the HarbourCats, the steadily improving Cole Kreuter had a pair of hits and scored one of the HarbourCats runs. Hunter Mercado-Hood reached base twice by getting hit by a pitch and scored both times, while Nathan Lukes, who doubled off the right field wall after missing a home run by about a foot, also scored a pair of runs.
The HarbourCats will be back in action for real on Monday night, when they host the Bend Elks for a three game set at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park. Andrew Nelson is slated to get the start. Game time is 7:11 PM.
Victoria native Brandon Feldman has quietly put together 5 scoreless innings of relief for the HarbourCats so far this summer (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Game Notes: Victoria’s Alex DeGoti, battling a stomach virus, did not play in either exhibition game over the weekend. Like he did on Saturday, Head Coach Bob Miller worked 17 different players into the batting order on Sunday. Victoria’s Brandon Feldman had another quiet but strong outing in relief on Sunday. He has now appeared in 4 games for the ‘Cats and has not surrendered a single run in 5 innings of work.
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