Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
The Victoria HarbourCats ended their second season on a high note — with a walk-off win in front of 1,963 at Sports Traders Diamond at RAP, edging the Kitsap BlueJackets 7-6 on Sunday afternoon.
Hunter Mercado-Hood, as much as he tried, couldn’t out run his teammates as they mob him for his hit that would drive in Alex DeGoti in the winning run – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Team RBI leader Hunter Mercado-Hood drove in “Mr. HarbourCat” Alex DeGoti in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap a three-run inning, turning a 6-4 deficit into a 7-6 victory on a glorious afternoon.
This Hunter Mercado-Hood hit would drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Mercado-Hod would go 2-4 and finish the year second in WCL batting with a .385 batting average. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The team started the 2014 home schedule with a walk-off, extra-inning win, and capped it with a walk-off victory.
The HarbourCats ended the season with the top attendance in the West Coast League with a total of 42,563 for an average of 1,576 over 27 WCL home games.
Alex DeGoti, 1-4 on the afternoon, but drove in three runs, tags out a Blue Jacket trying to steal second base – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
On Sunday, Mercado-Hood was 2-4 with two RBIs, while DeGoti was 1-4 with three runs driven in. Alan Baldwin and Bryce Greager were both 2-4, while Victoria product Kelly Norris-Jones played his final game in a HarbourCats uniform by going 3-3 and raising his season average to .300. John Grimsley had two runs and an RBI.
Cats players pose pre-game in their final outing together in the season finale – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Alex Rogers came on in relief with 2.1 innings and one hit allowed to pick up the win, following starter Riley Edmonds and relievers Eric Hegadoren and Dylan Stowell.
Alex Rogers came in in relief, pitching 2.1 innings and allowed only one run to get the win – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The result leaves the HarbourCats with a 25-29 record, a three-game improvement over the team’s inaugural season.
Mercado-Hood ended the year second in batting average with a .385 mark, behind only Steven Packard’s .407 for Klamath Falls. Mercado-Hood had 46 runs batted in, one back of league leader Vince Fernandez of Yakima Valley.
CF John Grimsby has this long ball drop in front of his glove taking an unwelcome bounce in a Blue Jacket hit – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Following the game, Head Coach Bob Miller and President John McLean announced that Miller will not be returning in 2015 so he can concentrate on running his baseball program at Cuesta College, giving it his full attention. Miller was Co-Head Coach with Dennis Rogers in 2013.
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