Eagles Earn Split in Sunday Doubleheader With Coquitlam

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

July 6, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Eagles missed an opportunity to jump into fifth place in the BC Premier Baseball League standings when they split a doubleheader with the Coquitlam Reds on Sunday afternoon, winning the first game 9-1, but then dropping the second 8-2 in action at Lambrick Park in Victoria.

Victoria’s Tyler Duncan slides safely into second ahead of the throw to Coquitlam second baseman Evan Soutar in Game 2 action Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Had the Eagles won the second game of the set, they would have jumped just ahead of the White Rock Tritons, who the Eagles swept Saturday, and who ended up dropping both ends of their games today to the Victoria Mariners. As it turned out, it would be the Vancouver Cannons who jump into the fifth spot, thanks to a pair of surprising wins over Langley, while the Eagles and White Rock sit in a virtual tie for sixth.

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Coquitlam third baseman Cameron Williams makes a nice play on this ground ball during action against the Eagles on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In Game 1 Sunday, the Eagles picked up right where they left off on Saturday, scoring in all but the second and sixth innings to cruise to the easy win. Leading the way once again was Ben Goertzen who had three hits and a walk, stole two bases and scored a pair of runs. Sam Stevenson also had a good day, with a pair of hits, two runs scored and three RBI’s.

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The Eagles Ben Goertzen had three hits and a walk in Game 1 Sunday and another hit in Game 2 to lead the Eagles offence (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Saturday’s hitting hero, Alex Hendra-Brown, was kept relatively quiet with a pair of hits and an RBI, while Tyler Duncan contributed a pair of RBIs to the mix.

On the hill Kobe Morris got the start and lasted five innings, giving up no earned runs on three hits, while walking two and striking out four. Noah Brasset would pitch two innings of scoreless relief to close things out.

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Kobe Morris (left) and Noah Brasset (right) would team up on the mound to get the Eagles Game 1 win on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In Game 2, the Reds would trot Josh Mikkelson out the mound in the hopes of snapping their eleven game losing streak and Mikkelson would be magic, retiring the first eleven Eagle batters he faced before surrendering a 2-out double to the Eagle’s Sam Stevenson in the fourth inning. That double, and a fifth inning single to Tyler Duncan would be the only damage the Eagles could do to Mikkelson through the first five innings.

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Coquitlam’s Josh Mikkelson would throw a complete game 4-hitter at the Eagles in Game 2 Sunday, leading the Reds to their 8-2 victory and snapping their 11-game losing streak (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Meanwhile, the Reds offence would score a run off Eagles starter Drew Davidoff in the first inning, but then explode for four more off Davidoff in the top of the fourth to blow the game wide open. Eagles reliever Karsten Waters would fare no better in the inning, allowing three more runs before the inning was out to see the Reds go up 8-0. The Eagles finally sent Junior call-up Lawson MacDonald to the mound in the fifth and he was able to shut the Reds offence down, allowing no runs and just a single hit the rest of the way.

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Coquitlam would score 8-runs against the Eagles in Game 2 Sunday, but not on this play, as Eagle’s catcher Tyson Abbott tags out the Red’s Jake MacDonald on this first inning play at the plate (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Reds offensive output, their highest output since scoring eight against the Jays on June 22nd, thirteen games ago, was led by third baseman Cameron Williams who had three hits including a 2-RBI single in that fourth inning and left fielder Jake MacDonald with a pair of hits. Seven different Reds crossed the plate led by leadoff batter Evan Soutar who scored a pair.

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Cameron Williams was the Reds offensive star in Game 2 Sunday, with three hits including this 2-RBI single in the fourth inning (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Eagles would finally chip a pair of runs across the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to a 2-RBI double from Stevenson, his second hit of the game and fourth of the day. Ben Goertzen would also keep his seven game hit streak going with a hit earlier in that inning, but that would be all Mikkelson would allow, closing out the complete game win an inning later.

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The Eagle’s Sam Stevenson was a bright spot offensively Sunday, with a pair of hits and 3 RBIs in Game 1 and a 2-RBI double in Game 2 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Reds win snaps their 11-game losing streak and moves their record to 13-31 and, on the positive side of things, moves them out of last place, just a half-game ahead of the Parksville Royals who dropped a pair Sunday to Okanagan.

The Eagles sit one game over .500 at 21-20 and are tied for sixth with White Rock, 3.5 games up on eighth place Abbotsford and more importantly, 5 games up on 9th place Whalley, who are on the outside looking in for that final playoff position.

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Coquitlam shortstop Zac Comeault makes a fine play on this ground ball in Game 2 action Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Eagles next action will be Tuesday night July 8th at Henderson Park in Victoria, when they face the 31-13, third place Victoria Mariners. Game time is 6:30 PM.

Find more Victoria Eagles game action imagery from Christian J. Stewart at www.christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/eagles 
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