The Victoria HarbourCats have now swept consecutive series and hold the league’s best current winning streak at six games after posting a 7-1 win over the host Klamath Falls Gems on Sunday night at historic Kiger Stadium in southeast Oregon.
The HarbourCats are now 14-16 on the season and sit three losses back of the final playoff spot, and in second place in the West Coast League’s West Division. On Saturday, the HarbourCats took both ends of a double-header with 8-5 and 8-2 victories.
The HarbourCats, who got one run in the second only to see the Gems answer with one of their own in the bottom of the inning, sent nine men to the plate in the top of the fourth, including a three-run home run by second baseman Griffin Andreychuk, the key swing of a five-run frame.
Every HarbourCats starter except Jackson Thoreson managed a hit, and leadoff man/centre fielder Reno Rankin (3), Andreychuk (2), shortstop Alex DeGoti (2) and third baseman Michael Gretler (3) each had multi-hit games. Rankin, Andreychuk (3), Ben Polshuk, DeGoti and Zach Bonneau, with a run-scoring double, had RBIs for Victoria.
The HarbourCats outhit the Gems 15-10. The HarbourCats committed one error, the Gems were hit with two errors.
Austin Dondanville pitched his way out of a few jams and posted eight strikeouts, many of them timely, in five innings, before yielding to Tei Vanderford. Dondanville gave up eight hits, walked none, and surrendered just the one run, earned. Josh Walker and Mikey Wright each took an inning in cleaning up after Vanderford.
The HarbourCats scored one more run in the seventh inning.
Klamath Falls pitchers did miss a lot of bats, as starter and losing pitcher Michael McCall fanned six batters and reliever Jake Repavich struck out six more. Josh Overstreet struck out a 13th HarbourCat in the ninth inning.
The HarbourCats sit in second place in the West Division, and are three losses out of the final playoff spot with 24 games to play in the regular season, including nine games to come against the division-leading Bellingham Bells.
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.
Other major promotions such as Superbath/Superheroes, a Wilson’s Transportation giveaway, Columbia Fuels night, Westshore U-Lock Mini-Storage, and a Big Brother Canada game with special guests, are due to be announced on Tuesday.