Eagles Open 2015 With a Bang

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

April 11, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Eagles started the 2015 season with a bang, pounding out 12 hits, including three home-runs, as they went on to a mercy-rule 20-8 victory over the visiting Nanaimo Pirates in BC Premier Baseball League (BCPBL) action Saturday afternoon at Lambrick Park in Victoria.

The Eagles Kobe Morris watches as his monster 3-run homer heads toward the right field scoreboard in Game 1 Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Leading the way for the Eagles in the opening game win was centre-fielder Tyler Duncan who went 3 for 3 on the day, with a walk, double, triple, home run and four RBIs.

Also with big days at the plate for the Eagles were Kobe Morris and Martin Eckard. Both players also had four RBI days, with three of those for each player coming on mammoth home runs, Eckard’s over the left field fence, Morris’s bouncing high off the scoreboard in right field and accounting for the Eagles’ final three runs of the game.

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The Eagles’ Tyler Duncan would have a great day at the plate in Game 1 with a double, triple and 2-run home-run (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Newcomer Tanner Hess, who moved to the Eagles from the Mariners this season and Brendan Turcotte also chipped in with a pair of hits each.

On the mound, veteran Ethan Skuija got the start and although he was shaky early, giving up three runs to the Pirates in the top of the first inning, he settled in nicely to keep them off the board over the next two innings and allowed his offence to go to work.

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Victoria’s Ethan Skuija delivers the first pitch of the 2015 season. Skuija would get the win in the Eagles 20-8 victory (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Pirates would get to Skuija and reliever Evan Smith for five more runs in the top of the fourth inning, making the score at the time 12-8, but the Eagles would counter with five more in the bottom of the fourth and three more in the bottom of the fifth, on Morris’s home run, to put the game away.

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Nanaimo’s Cole Warken would have a 3-RBI double in Game 1 to spark the Pirates offence (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

For Nanaimo, Zach Diewert led the way offensively with a pair of hits, including a 2-RBI triple in the first and an RBI single in the fourth. Cole Warken also had a 3-RBI day, all thanks to a bases-clearing double in the fourth.

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Victoria’s Evan Smith saw action in the mound in both games Saturday, giving up 3 hits and no earned runs in 3.1 innings of work (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

On the mound, starter Sam Baker took the brunt of the Eagles attack, surrendering 12 runs (only seven of which were earned) on six hits over three innings of work. Reliever William Drewry fared no better, giving up eight runs on six hits in just 1.1 innings of work.

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The Eagles got some nice plays from the short-stop position Saturday, by Kobe Morris (left) in Game 1 and Lenn Nakatsuka (right) in Game 2 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In the second game of the day, the Pirates would rebound from the first game loss and post a solid 7-2 win in Game 2.

Zach Diewert once again was an offensive force for the Pirates, crushing a mammoth first inning three-run home run that gave the Pirates all the runs they would need. However another run in the second and three more in the fourth put the Pirates up 7-0 before the Eagles finally chipped in a pair in the bottom of the fifth.

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Nanaimo’s Zach Diewert (right) had a solid day at the plate Saturday, with 3 hits in seven at bats, including a 2-RBI triple in Game 1 and a 3-run homer in Game 2 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN

Also having good days at the plate in Game 2 were Shawn Arabsky, Matt Skingle and North Rainey who had two hits each.

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Victoria’s Brendan Turcotte would make a nice diving catch on this play in Game 2 Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

On the mound, starter Garrett Goodall held the Eagles to just the pair of runs on four hits, as he went the distance for the complete game victory, finishing with seven strikeouts and five walks.

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Nanaimo’s Garrett Goodall would go the distance in Game 2 Saturday, holding the Eagles to just 4 hits and getting the win in the Pirates 7-2 victory (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

For the Eagles, Lenn Nakatsuka had a pair of hits, while Tanner Hess and Tyson Abbott had the other.

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Victoria’ Lenn Nakatsuka would have two of the Eagles 4 hits in Game 2 Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Left-hander Adam Bontkes took the loss for the Eagles, giving up all seven Nanaimo runs (five earned) on seven hits over three plus innings of work. Relievers Kobe Morris and Evan Smith combined to hold the Pirates scoreless over the final four frames.

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Victoria starter Adam Bontkes would get roughed up for all seven Nanaimo runs in Game 2, over three plus innings of work (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Next up, the Eagles busy home weekend continues as they entertain the Parksville Royals for a double-header on Sunday at Lambrick Park. First game time is at 12 Noon.

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