KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Victoria HarbourCats have now won five games in a row, and more importantly now are in the business of winning series.
The HarbourCats, who swept three games from the division-rival Kitsap BlueJackets before this six-game Oregon road trip, took both ends of a rain-induced doubleheader on Saturday at historic Kiger Stadium in Klamath Falls, in southeast Oregon.
After an 8-5 win in the first of two seven-inning games, the HarbourCats completed the daily sweep of the Klamath Falls Gems with an 8-2 victory in the nightcap, guaranteeing the HarbourCats a second-straight series win. The HarbourCats have won three series this summer.
The HarbourCats are now 13-16 overall.
Henry Omana (Cal State Fullerton) was the winning pitcher for Victoria, while Mikey Walker took the loss. Omana went five innings, giving up one earned run, five hits, walking none and striking out eight. Sean O’Toole (St. Mary’s) came on to take his place in the sixth inning.
The HarbourCats scored once in the second inning on an RBI double by Chris Fougner (Salt Lake CC). The outfielder then figured in a pair of runs scored in the top of the fourth inning, stretching the lead to 3-0.
A double off the wall by Reid Penney in the fourth put Klamath Falls on the board. But Torin Goldstein’s two-out RBI triple in the top of the fifth made it a three-run lead again for Victoria, and Goldstein (Fresno State) then scored to extend the lead to 5-1 on a wild pitch. Fougner then scored another run for his third RBI on an infield single, and it was 6-1 going to the bottom of the fifth.
Klamath Falls got one run back in the bottom of the sixth, but that was it for the Gems.
Fougner ended with a 4-4 night, with two doubles and four RBIs, driving in one of two runs in the top of the seventh that extended the lead to 8-2.
The HarbourCats sit in second place in the West Division, and are three losses out of the final playoff spot with 25 games to play in the regular season, including nine games to come against the division-leading Bellingham Bells.
The HarbourCats and Gems finish the series with a 5:05 pm game Sunday in Klamath Falls. The HarbourCats head off to Medford on Monday for a Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday series before returning home on Thursday, July 17 for Black Press Baseball Card/Victoria Chamber of Commerce Night with the Bells in town.