July 18,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA – The Premier Victoria Mariners are poised to finish their 2014 BCPBL season in White Rock this Sunday with the possibility of breaking their club record of 32 wins.
Currently the team is tied with a 32 – 14 win-loss record after beating out Island rival Nanaimo Pirates on Wednesday. “I’m really pumped on our team’s progress this year,” said Mike Chewpoy, head coach for the Premiers. “The team has really pulled together, especially given the tragedy of losing two members of our Mariner family, Zack Downey and Lisa Patterson (mom to Jeremy). Every player thinks about them when they are out there playing. Zack and Lisa would be proud to see the team now.”
The Premiers are currently sitting in a strong 3rd position overall in the BCPBL rankings behind Langley Blaze (34-12) and North Shore Twins (29-11) and will be playing for a spot in the final four next weekend in Victoria.
The Junior Victoria Mariners have made a dramatic climb in the BCJPBL rankings over the last month after a 14-game winning streak was stopped by a controversial game against the Langley Blaze on July 6th. They will replay the game this Sunday starting with 4 runs apiece in the 8th inning and hope to finish with a 15-game winning streak and a top four finish in the league.
This weekend signifies the final league games for several graduating players who will be moving on this fall to several colleges in B.C. and across the United States:
- Pitcher and outfielder Chris Fougner to Salt Lake City Community College in Utah.
- Short-stop Morgan Varley to Thompson River University in Kamloops.
- Catcher Evan Willow to McPherson College in Kansas.
- National Junior team member and pitcher Colton Wood to Cochise College in Arizona
- Pitcher Jacob Barnard to Shoreline Community College in Washington.
- #1 in team pitching in the BCPBL – Victoria Mariners
- Colton Wood (P):
- Chris Fougner:
- Dan Phillips (P):
- Evan Willow, Tanner Hess and Jesse Mycock batting over .300
- Tyler Schindel:
- Sam Glowicki
Stats on Victoria Mariners in the 2014 BCPBL season (as of July 17th):
o #1 in stolen bases at 35
o Top ten in batting average at .370
o #1 in RBIs at 38
o batting average of .342