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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

July 2, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – In a battle between the BC Premier Baseball League’s (BCPBL) second and third place teams, the Victoria Mariners and North Shore Twins would split a double-header Wednesday afternoon at Henderson Park in Victoria, with the Mariners winning Game 1 by a score of 9-2, while the Twins rebounded in Game 2 to eke out a 3-2 win.

The Mariners Chris Fougner would get the complete game win in Game 1 Wednesday, scattering 4 hits and striking out six (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The split leaves the 27-11 Mariners in a virtual tie with the 23-7 Twins for second place in the BCPBL, as both teams are now just 2.5 games back of league leading Langley. In a weird scheduling twist though, the Twins have eight games in hand over the Mariners.

In Game 1 Wednesday, the Mariners used a 5-run fifth inning to break open a close game and cruise to a 9-2 win. Chris Lata was the offensive hero for the day, driving in Chris Fougner in both the first and third innings and stroking his third hit of the day in the productive fifth and then scoring on a Tanner Hess single.

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Chris Lata would have 3 hits and 2 RBIs in the Mariner’s 9-2 Game 1 win Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Fougner, Nick Seginowich and Mitch Bryan also had two hit games, with a Seginowich double in the fifth being a highlight hit in the middle of the Mariner’s big inning.

On the mound, Fougner got the start for the Mariners and despite faltering a bit in the top of the fifth when the Twins scored their only two runs of the game, he finished the complete game, allowing just one earned run on four hits, with three walks and six strikeouts.

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This Nick Seginowich RBI-double was a key hit in the Mariner’s 5-run 5th inning in Game 1 Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In Game 2, the Twins would overcome a third inning 2-1 deficit by scoring in both the top of the fifth and the top of the seventh to get the win.

The winning run would come as a result of a leadoff single from Trevor Wiersma and then an error by Mariners starting pitcher Matthew Wellington that would allow Wiersma to advance to second. A groundout moved Wiersma to third and then a sacrifice fly from Taylor Wright brought him home.

The ninth inning error marked an unfortunate end to Wellignton’s day, as to that point he had allowed just one earned run on five scattered hits, with the Twins run in the third inning also coming about due to a pair of Mariner errors.

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North Shore’s Emerson Dohm would lead the way for the Twins with a pair of hits in the Twins 3-2 Game 2 win Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Mariners also had their bats silenced by Twins starter Brandon Marklund, who went the distance and allowed the two Mariner runs on just four hits, while striking out five. The Mariners Chris Fougner was the only hitter to really solve Marklund, stroking three of the four Mariner hits in the game. Evan Willow had the other.

Thursday’s games, played as a make-up to the Mariners season opening weekend when the Twins were a no-show due to a tournament in the States, marked the beginning of a critical stretch, counting today, where the M’s will play nine games over the next six days.

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The Mariners’ Chris Fougner would have a solid day at the plate with 2 hits and 3 runs scored in Game 1 and 3 hits and an RBI in Game 2 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

On Thursday, the Mariners will travel to Abbotsford for a pair against the Cardinals and then on Saturday return home for two against the Coquitlam Reds. On Sunday they host the Tritons for a pair and then host the crosstown Victoria Eagles on Tuesday July 8th at Henderson.

Speaking of the Eagles, they have a similar scheduling quirk, playing two against Nanaimo Thursday at Lambrick Park, then, like the Mariners, facing the Tritons and the Reds on Saturday and Sunday respectively and then the Mariners on Tuesday. The Eagles are scrambling to stay in the playoff race and currently sit in 7th, a game-and-a-half ahead of 8th place Abbotsford and four games ahead of 9th place Whalley.

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