HarbourCats Bounce Back With Win Over Emeralds

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

June 3, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria HarbourCats used a six-run fifth inning to carry themselves to a 6-5 win over the visiting North Sound Emeralds in West Coast League exhibition play at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park on Wednesday evening.

The HarbourCats Chris Fougner had his third multi-hit game in a row, with two hits and two RBIs to lead the ‘Cats to the 6-5 win Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The HarbourCats were led by Victoria native Chris Fougner (Salt Lake CC) who once again had a solid night at the plate with three hits, a pair of RBIs and a run scored. Fougner has now had multiple hit games in each of the three games he has played as a HarbourCat.

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North Sound’s Blake Randazzo (left) and Victoria’s Shawn Loglisci (right) matched each other inning for inning early on Wednesday, both pitching one-hitters through the first three innings of play (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Also with a solid night at the plate was Jackson Thoreson (St. Mary’s) with a pair of hits, RBI and a run scored. Brady Rogers (Trinidad State), PJ Floyd (Sacramento State) and Sean Murphy (Victoria Mavericks) also added RBIs to the mix.

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Victoria second baseman Brady Rogers would make a great effort to snag this ground ball, but could not get to his feet in time to make the throw to first in time for the out (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Four of the The HarbourCats six runs came off North Sound starter Blake Randazzo (Edmonds CC), who looked good early, holding the ‘Cats to just a single hit over the first three innings before the wheels fell off in the fifth.

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North Sound baserunner Cory Olivet would slide safely into second on this play as Victoria second baseman Brady Rogers bobbled the ball and could not make the tag (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In that inning, the HarbourCats were aided by a couple of Emerald errors, as well as single from newly arrived Dane Fujinaka (Sacramento State), RBI hits from Murphy and Fougner, as well as a sacrifice fly from another newcomer, Floyd.

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North Sound reliever Chris Lawlor would shut the HarbourCats down over the final three innings, giving his team a chance to come back (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Emeralds, who could only muster a single run – a fourth inning homer from Graylin Derke off Victoria starter Shawn Loglisci (Victoria Mavericks) – would muster a late rally, scoring a pair of runs in the sixth and one more each in the eighth and ninth to make things close, but would leave the bases loaded in the top of the ninth to fall short.

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North Sound shortstop Ryland Kerr keeps his balance after making the tag on a sliding Brady Rogers on this play at second Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Loglisci, who scattered just four hits over his four innings of work, was relived Wednesday by Sean O’Toole (St.Mary’s ), Josh Walker (Grand Canyon), Scott May (Prairie Baseball Academy) and Michael Gershman (Valley City State). The Emeralds would score two runs each off Walker and Gershman, with O’Toole getting credit for the win and Gershman the save. May faced a single batter before leaving the mound with an injury in the top of the seventh.

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Newly arrived Dane Fujinaka heads around third to score one of the HarbourCats six runs on Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Offensively for the Emeralds, Kevin Whatley (Everett CC) led the way with three hits, with Cory Olivet (San Jose State), Tanner Wessling (Edmonds CC), Steven Weber (Edmonds CC) and Daniel Cassanova (Dubuque) chipping in a pair each.

Chris Lawlor (San Diego) came in to relive Randazzo in the middle of the fifth and after surrendering two HarbourCats runs in that inning, shut them down the rest of the way to give his team a chance for the comeback.

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It wasn’t pretty but the HarbourCats Michael Gershman came on to pitch close to three innings of relief, earning the save in the 6-5 win over the Emeralds (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The HarbourCats will now get a day off Thursday and give up the field to the Victoria Eagles and Victoria Mariners, who will square off in a BC Premier League match-up Thursday night at 6:35 pm. The ‘Cats will then officially open the 2015 WCL season when they host the Kelowna Falcons on Friday night with a 6:35 pm start. Over 3,300 tickets have already been sold for the opener so be sure to get yours today! Fireworks have also been added to the evening and will follow the game!

Game Notes: In other WCL exhibition game play today of note, the Corvallis Knights beat up on the poor Portland Sea Dogs (note this is NOT the Boston AA affiliate) by a score of 30-1.  You read that correctly, THIRTY to ONE.  The Knights pounded out 25 hits and had two different players with 5 RBI days against the Sea Dogs, a team that plays in the Portland Baseball League, a feeder league for the Emeralds and other teams in the NWCBL.

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