Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
August 8, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – It seems that someone forgot to tell the Victoria HarbourCats and Kitsap Blue Jackets that on average, nine-inning baseball games are usually completed in 2.5 to 3 hours. On Friday night in Victoria, in a game that took just over 4 hours to complete, the BlueJackets eked out a 13-12 victory over the HarbourCats in front of 2,301 fans at Royal Athletic Park.
Victoria’s Griffin Andreychuk chugs for third on one of his two triples Friday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
For those fans who like offence, the game was a treat, as both teams combined for 27 hits on the night, 14 for Victoria and 13 for Kitsap. On a scoreboard that looked like a crazy Keno board in Las Vegas, the 4th inning was the only inning of the game where neither team scored a run. Five players on each team had multi-hit games, 13 players on both teams had at least one hit, 11 players on both teams had RBIs, 15 different players scored runs and 15 different players on both teams drew walks.
One of the busiest people at the park Friday was scoreboard operator Linda Sam who had to put runs up in every inning but the 4th (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
For those who like pitching and for the starting pitchers on both sides, Logan Lombana for the HarbourCats and Tanner Howell for the BlueJackets, the night was one to quickly forget. Both Lombana and Howell had their worst outings of the season, with Lombana getting tagged for 7 runs on 7 hits in just 2.2 innings of work, while walking 4. Howell fared no better, giving up 6 runs on 9 hits, walking 5 in his 3.2 innings of work.
Logan Lombana was roughed up for 7 runs on 7 hits in just 2.2 innings of work – his worst showing of the season for the HarbourCats (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The bullpens for both sides fared no better, as the HarbourCats Tim Peabody and Preston Ryan combined to give up another 5 runs on 3 hits and 7 walks, while the BlueJackets David Marshall and Zev Egli gave up 6 runs on 5 hits and 6 walks.
Bryce Greager was a busy man at third base for the HarbourCats Friday, fielding at least four diving chances on balls hit down the line (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
On the bright side for the HarbourCats, Victoria native Dallas Patterson made his HarbourCats debut and fared well, giving up one run – a home run – on 3 hits, over 2.1 innings of work. Carson Schneider also pitched 2/3 of an inning of no-hit ball to finish up the game for the HarbourCats.
Victoria second baseman Griffin Andreychuk would fail to come up with the ball allowing Kitsap’s Daniel Patzlaff to slide safely into second (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
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 and an RBI.
Victoria’s Alex DeGoti (left) and Hunter Mercado-Hood (right) would lead the Victoria offence going a combined 7-11, with 7 RBIs (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
For the BlueJackets, Austin Hamilton had a big night at the plate, with 3 hits including a triple, 2 walks, 3 RBIs and a run scored. Matt Jackson also had a 3 RBI night on 2 hits including a home run, while Dylan Levelle also had a pair of hits including a home run.
Kitsap catcher Alex Sablan gets set to put the tag on a sliding Alex DeGoti in this play at the plate Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Also having a busy night was home plate umpire Dan Rogers who ejected all three Kitsap coaches – Ryan Parker in the 5th and Kevin Frady and Bryan Kepner in the 8th – all for arguing balls and strikes. With all three coaches on the sidelines, Kitsap bus driver Steve Cook handled the bench in the latter innings.
Home plate umpire Dan Rodgers (right) tries to reason with Kitsap head coach Ryan Parker early in the game Friday. Rogers would later eject Parker and two other Kitsap coaches from the game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The HarbourCats and BlueJackets get back at it on Saturday night at 7:11 pm on Wallace Driving School Fan Appreciation Fireworks Night. Assuming the game is completed in time so that the Victoria noise bylaws don’t become an issue, a 16-minute fireworks show is scheduled after the game. If it is anything like the last fireworks night, fans will not want to miss it, so be sure to get your tickets!
Victoria’s Alex DeGoti turns a nifty double play late in Friday’s game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)