Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
July 20, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Toiling in last place in the BC Junior Premier Baseball League (BCJPBL) for most of the season, the Victoria Junior Premier Eagles were looking for a way to finish the 2014 schedule on a positive note and they found it, defeating the visiting Okanagan A’s in their final three games during a weekend series at Lambrick Park.
Junior Eagle Lawson MacDonald got the 4-2 win Sunday as he pitched a complete game 8-hitter against the A’s (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Eagles would drop the first game of the series on Saturday by a score of 7-2, but then rebound for a win in game two 7-3 and a sweep of the two Sunday games by scores of 4-2 and 6-2.
In Game 1 Saturday, the Eagles fell behind early as the A’s hammered out six runs in the first two innings en route to the 7-2 win. Matthew Dayton took the loss, giving up all seven A’s runs on eight hits.
In Game 2, the Eagles broke open a scoreless tie with 4 runs in the top of the 4th inning, taking advantage of wild A’s starter Mitchell Rennie who walked the bases loaded before hitting a batter and walking another to give the Eagles their first 2 runs. Another run would score on a single from Brock Duncan and the fourth on a dropped third strike.
The Eagles Kevin Wong would have a hit and an RBI in each of the Eagles 2 games on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Eagles would put the game away with 2 more runs in the 5th and another in the 6th. Nolan Hinse would get the win, going 6.1 innings before allowing 3 A’s runs in the 7th. Lawson MacDonald would come in close out the win.
Speaking of MacDonald, he would get the start in Game 1 on Sunday and pitch a gem, going the distance in the 4-2 Eagles win, allowing the 2 A’s runs on 8 hits, walking just one and striking out six. MacDonald’s win was his second compete game victory in a row, as in his previous outing he stunned the league leading Langley Blaze with a 2-1 complete game victory on July 13th.
Devon Gall would be the offensive hero, as his 2-RBI single in the bottom of the 5th – his second hit of the game – helped the Eagles overcome a 2-1 deficit and gave them the 4-2 lead. Giovanni Piovesan-Walt would also have a pair of hits, RBI and a run scored in the win.
Devon Gall would be the game one hero Sunday with a pair of hits including a 2-RBI single in the 5th inning that would bring home the winning runs (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
In Game 2 Saturday, Jacob Potter would take the hill for the Eagles and spin a beauty, allowing just three hits and striking out 13 A’s batters en route to a complete game 6-2 win. Potter retired the first eight batters he faced before giving up a 2-out walk in the third, but then struck out the final batter to end the inning.
At the plate, the Eagles struck early with a pair of runs in the top of the first, added another in the third and three more in the sixth to put the game away. Nolan Tesch led the way with a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs, while Jordan Strandlund had two hits, a walk and a run scored. Kevin Wong also chipped in with a double, RBI and run scored.
The Eagles finish the 2014 season with a record of 10-34, two games better than their record in 2013 and matching their output in 2012. They now have to wait until the Coquitllam Reds finish their schedule to see who will get the first draft pick in 2015. The Reds, currently at 8-26, have a number of games to play before their season is complete and could fall into last unless they win at least two of their remaining games.