Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
Logan Lombana did the heavy lifting, and his offence made sure he had the runs to get the job done.
Logan Lombana pitched a solid seven innings to help hold down the league leading Bellingham Bells in Game one Friday night – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca )
Gabe Clark, Nathan Lukes, Jake Lesinski, Aaron Barnett and Danny Collier all had two hits as part of a 12-hit attack that included a home run by Barnett and a pair of RBIs from Clark.
Although first baseman Gabe Clark couldn’t tie the WCL single season homerun record in the game, he would help spark a three run fifth inning with that would put his HarbourCats in front to stay. Clark would score tally 2 RBI’s. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Nathan Lukes would add his bat to the cause to help lift his team over the Bells. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Carson Schneider pitched two spotless innings for the save, throwing 18 strikes in 20 pitches after Lombana battled for 109 pitches.
The HarbourCats are 21-25 on the season, while Bellingham, which has already wrapped up the West Division, is 32-13.
Aaron Barnett is greeted by Teammate Bryce Greager at after crossing home plate with three runs scored in the fifth inning to go on top of the Bells – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Prior to the game, Victoria natives and NHL stars Jamie Benn and Jordie Benn, of the Dallas Stars, and Canadian Olympic hero Adam Kreek helped throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and Kreek performed O Canada with boisterous support from the crowd.
Olympian Adam Kreek, NHLers Jamie Benn and Jordan Benn, and Matt Traynor ( right to left ) were on hand to throw out the first pitch in game one against the Bellingham Bells – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Second baseman Griffin Andreychuk completes the force out on Bells Eric Webber – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The two teams meet again on Saturday at Sports Traders Diamond at RAP, with Andrew Nelson scheduled to start for the HarbourCats.
On Saturday, the game is a celebration of team mascot Harvey’s birthday as Mascotlandia, sponsored by Rifflandia and presented by Black Press, takes the spotlight. On Sunday, it’s the Island Savings $25K Pitch afternoon game (1:05pm), and the two contestants (Daniel and Burton) have been selected and will have a chance in mid-game to win the big money.
Third baseman Byrce Greager beats teammate Alex DeGoti to the infield hit ball to throw out the Bells batter at first base – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The HarbourCats head to Walla Walla for a series next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but return home to close the regular season Friday through Sunday against the Kitsap BlueJackets — a series that includes the second fireworks night of the season, set for Saturday, August 9
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