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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

July 26, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Mariners are the first team to punch their ticket to the BC Premier Baseball League (BCPBL) Final Four, as they defeated the White Rock Tritons by scores of 5-1 and 8-1 Saturday in the opening round of the BCPBL playoffs at Henderson Park in Victoria.

The Mariners Colton Wood would dominate game one Saturday, throwing a complete game two-hitter and striking out eight in the Mariner’s 5-1 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Mariners will now wait until Sunday to see who will be joining them, as the cross-town Eagles would split their two games with the North Shore Twins, winning the first 2-0 and losing the second 9-0, and the Nanaimo Pirates would split with first place Langley, dropping the first 7-1 and then shocking the Blaze with a 3-2 win in Game 2. Vancouver also defeated Okanagan 4-1 and they will play Game 2, and if needed Game 3, on Sunday.

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Victoria’s Chris Fougner would have a good day at the plate Saturday, going a combined 4 for 7 with two doubles, four RBIs and a pair of runs scored to lead the M’s to a sweep of White Rock (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Mariners – Tritons
At Henderson Park on Saturday, Colton Wood would get the start in Game 1 and go the distance, giving up the single Triton run on a home run from James Pavelick in the top of the fifth. Wood would allow just one other Triton hit, walk only one batter and strike out eight to get the win.

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The Mariner’s Nick Seginowhich gets caught in a Game 1 run down by White Rock shortstop Daniel Cassino (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Mariners offence, who led just 1-0 until Pavelick’s home run, responded nicely for Wood after that, scoring a run in the bottom of the fifth and three more in the bottom of the sixth to put the game away.

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Victoria’s Brett Irvine lets out a yell after driving in the M’s first of three runs in the bottom of the 6th inning of Game 1 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Chris Fougner, with two, and Brett Irvine had clutch RBI hits in the sixth, while Evan Willow and Morgan Varley had the other Mariner RBIs. Jesse Mycock scored a pair of runs, with Fougner, Irvine and Nick Seginowich scoring the others.

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Victoria’s Chris Fougner slides home safely with the Mariner’s first run of Game 2 Saturday, beating the throw to White Rock catcher Dylan Yeager (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In Game 2, the Tritons and Mariners would exchange runs in the first inning, but after that it would be all Mariners, as they would score 2 in the third, 3 in the fourth and one more in the seventh to cruise to the win.

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White Rock’s Liam Rihela (46) would score the Triton’s only run of Game 2 in the first inning when this throw eluded Victoria catcher Evan Willow (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Evan Willow would have a big day at the plate with 3 hits and 3 RBIs, while Fougner would chip in with a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs. Jesse Mycock would have 3 hits and scoe a pair of runs, while Morgan Varley and Tanner Hess also had 2-hit games.

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Evan Willow would lead the way for the M’s in Game 2 with 3 hits and 3 RBIs (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Fougner also started on the hill for the M’s in Game 2 and he would get the win, throwing 5 complete innings and allowing the one run on one hit, walking five and striking out seven. Lucas Piechnik and Matthew Wellington each pitched an inning of scoreless relief for the M’s.

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Chris Fougner would get the Game 2 start for the Mariners and go 5 complete to get the win, allowing one run on a single hit while striking out seven (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Eagles – Twins
The Victoria Eagles Ethan Skuija pitched a gem in Game 1 against the North Shore Twins, getting a complete game, 2-hit shut-out in the Eagles 2-0 win. Skuija, who allowed just a walk through the first 4 innings, gave up a single in the fifth and another in the seventh as his only blemishes on the day. He would strike out six.

Offensively, the Eagles got all the runs they would need when Sam Stevenson led off the fourth with a solo home run. They would add another in the sixth when Kobe Morris would lead off with a single and eventually come in to score on a sacrifice fly from Ben Goertzen.

In Game 2, the Twins took out their first game frustration on Eagles starter Riley Edmonds, touching him up for five runs in the top of the first inning to cruise to the 9-0 win. Edmonds would give up another in the fourth and that would be it for him, as he was replaced by a trio of Eagle relievers the rest of the way.

The Twins were led offensively by Taylor Wright, Anthony Cusati and Geoff Ehresman who had three hits each, Eight different players notched RBIs and Ehresman would score twice.

The Twins and Eagles will now play Game 3 of their series at 12 Noon Sunday at Parkgate Park on the North Shore.

Pirates – Blaze
In Langley, as expected, the first place Blaze cruised in Game 1 winning 7-1, but in Game 2, Nanaimo would score three times in the bottom of the sixth to overcome a 2-0 deficit and make a winner of their ace Josh Burgmaan who got the complete game win.

Burgmaan would give up the 2 Langley runs on just 4 hits, while walking 6 and striking out 9. Cole Warken would score the winning run on a passed ball.

Game 3 in their series also goes at Noon Sunday in Langley.