Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
The moral victories are piling up for the Victoria HarbourCats, who got a strong pitching performance from starter Mikey Wright on Wednesday night in a game against the Bend Elks at Sports Traders Diamond.
Cats Mikey Wright pitched a solid game but came up short with the loss in game three vs. the Bend Elks of Oregon – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The HarbourCats also were error-free, and outhit the Elks 9-8. But single runs in each of the final three innings turned a deadlocked game into a 4-1 Bend victory and an Elks sweep of the three-game set in Victoria.
Alan Baldwin provided the only HarbourCats run in the game when Griffin Andreychuk batted him in on a sacrifice – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
In front of a crowd of 1,073, Wright went seven strong innings, giving up just four hits and two earned runs. He walked two and fanned six, but took the loss when the HarbourCats couldn’t get the timely hit needed to take better advantage of the 11 baserunners. Preston Ryan gave up two runs, including a home run, and struck out four in two innings.
Second baseman Griffin Adreychuk, batting .400 for the Cats, looks to increase his team leading average with a base hit – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Andreychuk, with ball in glove and eyes closed, looks for the Nick Lopez out on the force – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Jake Thompson was the winning pitcher, and his catcher, Grant Newton, had the game’s lone home run. HarbourCats batters struck out 11 times. Offensive stars were Gunner Pollman, who was 2-3, and a pair of 2-4 performers, Hunter Mercado-Hood and Alan Baldwin. The HarbourCats had a potential rally thwarted in the fourth inning by an awful call by home plate umpire Joe Bilyeu, who somehow ruled batter Bryce Greager interfered with Newton.
Elks starting pitcher Jake Thompson recorded the win for his Oregon team. completing the 3 game sweep – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The HarbourCats, who have lost seven WCL games in a row and now have a 5-10 record, have a day off on Thursday but will be involved with the Big Bike Ride for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, continuing the team’s record of community support across many platforms. The HarbourCats lost seven of eight on the homestand, the win being a 5-0 shutout of the PIL’s Langley Blaze in an exhibition tilt.
A dissatisfied Cats team looks on hoping for the lead that never materialized Wednesday night in a 4-1 loss – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
On Friday, the HarbourCats go to Kelso/Longview, Washington, to play the Cowlitz Black Bears in a series the runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The team is back on Monday for Times Colonist Fireworks Night, a much-anticipated June 30 game (www.harbourcats.com/tickets), and then the team has a Canada Day festival planned for July 1, the team’s first afternoon affair (1:05pm) with skydivers and a special pre-game ceremony focused on Canadian patriotism.
On Wednesday, July 2, it’s Elvis Night, sponsored by Pacific Rim Exteriors. Maple Leaf Meats will be giving out free hotdogs for kids at that game.