Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
One night after a dramatic win and spectacular fireworks, the HarbourCats proved again to be ‘red hot.’
HarbourCats Nathan Lukes would score two runs with the help of his bat in a matinee game Tuesday afternoon at Royal Athletic Park – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Victoria HarbourCats, who unveiled new red team hats for this holiday series, scored early and often on Canada Day, celebrating the national birthday with a runaway 19-2 win over the Kitsap Blue Jackets in a game played in front of 2,389 on a hot afternoon.
2389 fans of all ages joined in Canada Day Celebrations with the HarbourCats Tuesday afternoon in a 19-2 matinee win of the Harbour Cats – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Hunter Mercado-Hood was 4-4 with six RBIs — including a three-run home run, two doubles and a single, missing the cycle by the elusive triple. The HarbourCats pounded out 19 hits, with Alex DeGoti 3-3 with a double, Sean Watkins was 3-4 with three RBIs, and Griffin Andreychuk was 2-4 with three runs scored.
Hunter Mercado-Hood was 4-4 with 6 RBI’s, almost hittting for the cycle – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Kitsap managed eight hits and didn’t score until pushing across single runs in the seventh and eighth. Mikey Wright pitched six innings, surrendering just one hit and striking out three. Carson Schneider and Dylan Stowell saw mound duty as well.
Mikey Wright pitched a solid 6 innings on one hit and three”K”‘s to hold the Blue Jackets down – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Blue Jackets starter Zev Elgi took the loss on a afternoon of hot HarbourCat bats – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The HarbourCats (8-12), who play Kitsap again in the series finale on Wednesday (7:11pm, Elvis and free hotdogs for kids night), have won three in a row and are now within a half-game of Kitsap in the West Division. Kitsap has lost seven in a row and are now 8-11.
Mikey Wright saws a Blue Jacket bat in half with a laser of a pitch that sent half the bat down the third base line narrowl missing Ted Boeke of the HCats – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Third baseman Ted Boeke fields the ball destined for a first base out – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
After an off-day on Thursday, the two teams meet again on Friday in Silverdale, WA, home of the BlueJackets, for a three-game set. The HarbourCats then move on to Yakima Valley to face the expansion Pippins for three games, before returning to Victoria to play the Medford Rogues, July 10-12.
The HarbourCats lead the WCL in regular season attendance at 1,533.