Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
July 25, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Eagles received outstanding pitching performances from Ethan Skuija and Fynn Chester to sweep the North Delta Blue Jays out of the BC Premier Baseball League playoffs in two games straight at Lambrick Park on Saturday afternoon in Victoria.
Ethan Skuija got things rolling for the Eagles Saturday with a complete game 4-0 win over North Delta (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Eagles will now advance to the BCPBL finals that will be held next weekend at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria.
In Game 1 the story was the Eagle’s Ethan Skuija who pitched a complete game two-hitter to get the 4-0 win. Skuija was extremely efficient on the day, allowing a walk in the first, a double in the second, and two hit batters in the third before retiring nine in a row in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. The Blue Jays would get their second hit in the seventh, but that would be it as Skuija got a ground ball out to himself to end the game.
Victoria second baseman Tanner Hess turns an early double play in Game 1 Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Offensively in Game 1, the Eagles RBI leader Tanner Hess had the big hit with a two-RBI single in the fifth inning. Tyler Duncan and Kobe Morris had the other Eagle RBIs, with Duncan adding another hit and scoring a pair of runs.
Victoria’s Kobe Morris was 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and 2 RBIs in the two game sweep of North Delta (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
In Game 2 the Eagles jumped into a 2-0 lead in the top of the third when Tyler Duncan got on with a two-out single and Lenn Nakatsuka followed with a double. Duncan would then score on a wild pitch and Nakatsuka would score on a Kobe Morris RBI double. They would then add an insurance run in the top of the seventh thanks to a Duncan double that scored Kieran Waters who had singled.
Victoria’s RBI machine Tanner Hess would strike again in Game 1 Saturday, with a pair of key RBIs to help the Eagles earn the 4-0 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
That would be all starter Fynn Chester needed as he followed Skuija’s great showing with one of his own, going six and two-thirds innings and allowing one run, in the seventh, on just five hits and three walks. He would register one strikeout.
In addition to Duncan’s two hits, Kobe Morris and Waters would have two hit games to pace the nine hit Eagles attack and secure the 3-1 win.
Thriving in the leadoff spot, Victoria’s Tyler Duncan had four hits on Saturday, scored three times and had a pair of RBIs in the Eagles 4-0 and 3-1 wins (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
In other BCPBL playoffs, the North Shore Twins also booked their tickets to the BCPBL finals with 7-0 and 5-0 win over the Abbotsford Cardinals. The Langley Blaze and Okanagan A’s will have to wait until Sunday to decide a winner in their series as the teams split Saturday, with Langley winning Game 1 5-2 and the A’s rebounding to take Game 2, 1-0. And in Nanaimo, the Pirates defeated Whalley 2-1 in Game 1 and 7-2 in Game 2 to advance as well.