Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
Sean Watkins knows how to light a fuse — under his team, and under a crowd of nearly 3,000 at Sports Traders Diamond.
Cats DH and pitcher Sean Watkins swings away lifting his team to a 4-3 over the Kitsap Blue Jackets Monday night in game one action – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The recent graduate of Serra High School, who will attend Loyola Marymount University in the fall, was as close to a one-man show as there can be in baseball on Monday as the Victoria HarbourCats defeated the West Division-rival Kitsap BlueJackets 4-3.
Short Stop Alex DeGoti almost picks off a Kitsap Blue Jacket straying a little too far from second base – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Watkins started the game as the designated hitter, then came on to pitch and struck out the side in the eighth inning. In the bottom of the eighth, he crushed a solo home run to left field to break a 3-3 deadlock.
Sean Watkins swings for the fence early in the game. It was only a matter of time before he would find the ball on the end of his bat – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
#41 Watkins, before his game winning solo home run, takes the mound, relieving starting pitcher Logan Lombana after six innings – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Then, ho hum, he struck out three of four batters faced in the ninth to essentially save a game he won on his own — with his arm, and with his bat.
The HarbourCats have now won two straight after a nine-game losing streak, improving to 7-12. Kitsap fell to 8-10, suffering a sixth-straight defeat. The HarbourCats are 6.5 games back of the West Division-leading Bellingham Bells, who won again Monday to improve to 13-5.
HarbourCats Griffin Andreychuk couldn’t pull this ball down as Blue Jackets Alex Bush steals second base – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
In front of an announced crowd of 2,812 on Fireworks Night, Logan Lombana had a strong start for the HarbourCats on Monday, working six innings and surrendering nine hits. He fanned four and walked two, and the three runs he gave up were earned. Sam Sheldon was the losing pitcher.
Starting HarbourCats pitcher Logan Lombana would work six innings, but the win would go to Sean Watkins in game one against the Blue Jackets – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The HarbourCats banged out seven hits, two fewer than Kitsap. The BlueJackets made five errors. A key was the HarbourCats did not lead the strikeout parade in this game — 10 by Kitsap batters, only six whiffs by HarbourCats hitters.
Finding the winning way again with their second straight victory, the Cats were all smiles Monday night at Royal Athletic Park – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Cats catcher Aaron Barnett beats catcher Corbin Duffy who came up without his glove at home plate trying to tag Barnett – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
Catcher Aaron Barnett was 2-4 for the HarbourCats and threw out a pair of baserunners.
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