Story and Photos By Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
July 24, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The A’s Shawn Loglisci pitched a complete game, six-hitter as the Maude Hunter Athletics defeated the Boston Pizza Blue Jays 7-2 in Game 2 of the Mavericks Senior Men’s League R.P. Rithet Cup Finals Thursday evening at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria.
The A’s Shawn Loglisci would spin a complete game 6-hitter to lead the A’s to a 7-2 win Thursday night, evening their series with the Blue Jays at a game each (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The game was being held at Royal Athletic Park thanks to the generosity of the Victoria HarbourCats and General Manager Jim Swanson, as well as the City of Victoria, who made the park available to the Mavericks league as a way of showing support to all levels of community baseball played in Victoria.
Mavericks League President Lanny Burrows (right) presents HarbourCats GM Jim Swanson (left) with a token of appreciation for the use of Royal Athletic Park on Thursday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The win was almost a complete reversal of Game 1 Wednesday that saw the Blue Jays’ Luke Lampard go the distance in a 6-0 Jays win. On Thursday it was Loglisci’s turn to shine, as he held the Jays to no runs and just three hits over the first six innings, before the Jays finally got to him with three more hits and their only two runs in the bottom of the seventh when it was way too late.
Blue Jays first baseman Mark Fraser would stretch just far enough to get the out on a streaking Jeremy Campbell of the A’s (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The A’s got their own bats rolling early in the game as they jumped on Jays starter Eric Hegadoren for a pair of runs in the top of the first inning thanks to an RBI ground out from Loglisci that scored Matt Kittleson and an RBI single from Jarrod Birch that scored Charlie Strandlund.
Jays shortstop Sean Murphy puts the tag on a sliding Jared Gale on this steal attempt Thursday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
They would add three more off Hegadoren in the third, as the former Victoria Eagle surrendered a 2-RBI triple to Tony Dill that scored Loglisci and Birch, and then an RBI single to Jeremy Campbell to score Dill.
That would be it for Hegadoren as he would be replaced by Erik Phillips to start the fourth. Phillips would retire the side in the fourth, but in the top of the fifth, he would be greeted with a leadoff single from Strandlund. Loglisci would then give himself some insurance by driving Strandlund all the way home with an RBI double to the wall in left.
Jays second baseman Lanny Burrows looks to turn the double play after recording the out on a sliding Jarrod Birch of the A’s (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Birch would then follow with his second hit of the game and second RBI, as Loglisci would come in the score the A’s seventh and final run of the game.
Eight of the nine A’s batters would have hits on the day, with a pair each from Birch and Thomas Strocel. Strandlund and Loglisci would each have a hit and score a pair of runs each. Six different Jays would get hits off Loglisci, with Ty Russell and Jerry Kadoski being the only two to cross the plate.
The A’s Shawn Loglisci would finish the game allowing just 2 earned runs, on 6 hits, while walking none and striking out nine Jays (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The A’s and Jays will now face each other in a third and deciding game Friday night to decide the 2014 Mavericks League Champions. The game will be played back at Mavericks diamond at Lambrick Park, with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 pm.