Difficult Loss for HarbourCats, Fireworks Saturday

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Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
 
There are tough losses, and then there are tough losses.  The visiting Kitsap BlueJackets escaped with a 13-12 victory on Friday night in front of a Sports Traders Diamond crowd of 2,301, dropping the record of the Victoria HarbourCats to 24-28 on the season and ensuring the HarbourCats, with two games to go, won’t reach the .500 mark to end the 2014 season.

HCats second baseman Griffin Andreychuk take the one hop on a Blue Jacket hit to throw out the runner at first base – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

On Friday, Kitsap scored six times in the third inning to erase a 5-1 deficit, then added three in the fifth, one in the seventh, and two in the top of the ninth to come from behind and win. In a long, sloppy game by baseball standards, with hundreds of CFB Esquimalt personnel on hand on Military Night, the teams combined for four errors and 23 walks, 12 of those by Victoria pitchers.
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Hundreds of CFB Esquimalt personnel were in attendance during Military night Friday at Sports Trader Diamond  during game on vs the Kitsap Blue Jackets – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca
 
All three Kitsap coaches were ejected by home plate ump Dan Rogers — so team bus driver Steve Cook handled the bench in the latter innings. Ryan Parker, Kevin Frady and Bryan Kepner were the tossed coaches.
 
The HarbourCats are now 11-14 at home on the season, and lead the WCL in attendance with an average of 1,520 per game.
 
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Third baseman Bryce Greager was a sponge around his base Friday night with some great line drives that couldn’t be hit past his reach – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
 
Starting pitcher Logan Lombana didn’t get through the third inning, giving up seven runs on seven hits and four walks. Tim Peabody went two innings giving up three runs, Dallas Patterson made his HarbourCats debut and went 2.1 innings with three hits allowed and one run against, and Preston Ryan took the loss with 1.1 innings, one hit, two earned runs, three walks and one strikeout. Carson Schneider ended it with two-third of an inning of work.
 
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HarbourCats Logan Lombana started game one, lasting only three innings after being rocked for seven runs – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
 
The HarbourCats piled up 14 hits, led by Alex DeGoti going 3-5 with four runs driven in and two runs. Hunter Mercado-Hood was 4-6, Griffin Andreychuk was 2-4 with three runs and three RBIs, including a pair of triples. Bryce Greager chipped in two hits, and Kelly Norris-Jones was 2-4 with three runs, raising his average to .243, and driving in a run.
 
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Gabe Clark makes contact on this Blue Jacket pitch. Clark is still looking for the WCL record-tieing home run with only 2 game remaining in the season – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
 
Saturday night is Wallace Driving School Fireworks Night, with a big fireworks show after the game — tickets are available through www.harbourcats.com/tickets, or at the gate, or at the office (1814 Vancouver St) all day long.

After Saturday’s major fireworks show, the HarbourCats will hold Pure Day Spa FAN APPRECIATION DAY on Sunday afternoon, a 1pm start. Tickets at www.harbourcats.com/tickets

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