Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
July 23, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Sam Stevenson’s 3-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the difference as the Victoria Eagles held on for a 3-2 win over the North Shore Twins in the Eagles’ final regular season BC Premier Baseball League (BCPBL) game of the year Tuesday afternoon at Lambrick Park in Victoria.
North Shore second baseman Matt Reyes turns a double play on a sliding Alex Hendra-Brown of the Eagles (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The blast made a winner of Victoria starting pitcher Martin Eckard, who spun a complete-game beauty, holding the high-powered Twins offence to just a single earned run, although scattering 10 hits, few of which did any real damage.
Victoria’s Martin Eckard would get the complete game 3-2 win in the Eagles final regular season game of the year Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The win also avenged a lack-lustre 12-0 mercy-rule defeat earlier in the day, where the Eagles could muster just a single hit – by the Eagles Stevenson – off Twin’s ace and National Junior Team member Brad Smith, who struck out 7 Eagles in his four innings of work before turning it over to reliever Matteo Vincelli to finish the fifth.
North Shore’s Brad Smith would be nearly un-hittable by the Eagles in the Twins 12-0 mercy-rule win in Game 1 Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
North Shore’s first game victory was highlighted by a towering 3-run home run in the 3rd inning from Mitch Grisbrook who finished the game with 3 hits, 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored.
North Shore’s Mitch Grisbrook (right) is congratulated by teammate Taylor Wright after hitting a towering third-inning home run in Game 1 Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The split puts the Eagles 2014 record at 26-22 and with the loss to the Twins and a win by the Vancouver Cannons against North Delta, solidifies the Eagles in 6th place in the BCPBL standings. The Twins, with their win, guarantee themselves either first or second, pending the outcome of games that they need to complete this week, including a huge head-to-head matchup with Langley Wednesday evening.
North Shore’s Surya Viswanathan would slide in safely ahead of the tag by Eagles second baseman Alex Hendra-Brown on this steal attempt (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Twins win also means the 34-14 Victoria Mariners are locked into in 3rd place, putting them into a first round playoff meeting with the Eagles, the first time since the Eagles entry into the league that the crosstown rivals will meet in the post season. It is anticipated that the first two games in that series will take place this Saturday at Henderson Park beginning at Noon.
Somewhere in a cloud of dust, Eagle’s baserunner Brendan Turcotte beats th tag by North Shore shortstop Steven Moretto on this steal attempt in Game 2 Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)