Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
April 11, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Eagles opened their 2015 BCPBL season with a resounding 20-8 win over the Nanaimo Pirates (see related story here), but prior to Saturday’s game at Lambrick Park, both teams honoured the memory of former pitching coach Roy Moretti, who passed away this past winter from cancer.
Sue Moretti enjoys a seat on the Memorial bullpen bench that the Victoria Eagles have dedicated to the late Roy Moretti, a former pitching coach with both the Eagles and the Pirates (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
As part of the opening ceremonies, with numerous members of the Moretti family on hand, the Eagles unveiled a memorial bullpen bench that will occupy a permanent place in the left-field bullpen at Lambrick Park.
Members of the Moretti family gather around the Roy Moretti Memorial Bullpen Bench Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The game was a fitting opportunity for the ceremony, as Moretti was a pitching coach in the Pirates organization prior to coming to the Eagles last year.
Harvey The HarbourCat and young members of the Gordon Head – Lambrick Baseball Association were on hand for Eagles opening ceremonies on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Other notables on hand for the Eagles’ opening ceremonies were Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell, BCPBL president Clyde Inouye, Grodon Head – Lambrick Park Minor Baseball president Keith Davidoff, Eagle’s Chairman Martin Winstanley and the Victoria HarbourCats “Harvey The HarbourCat.”
Helping to open the Victoria Eagles 2015 season Saturday were Keith Davidoff, President of Gordon Head – Lambrick Baseball (top left), Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell (top right), BCPBL President Clyde Inouye (bottom left) and Eagles Chairman Martin Winstanley (bottom right) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Former pro Steve Sinclair threw out the ceremonial first pitch and Bantam AAA Red Eagle Zach Swanson, was on hand to sing the National Anthem.
Former pro Steve Sinclair was on hand to toss out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Eagles also took to the field Saturday sporting new-look white jerseys that nicely compliment the maroon and black versions that they have been wearing over their first five seasons.
Victoria Eagles players (L to R) Danny Rockwell, Martin Eckard, Brendan Turcotte and Kieran Waters model the new white jerseys the Eagles will sport for some games in the 2015 season (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)