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Rainey Pitches Pirates Into BCPBL Finals With Win Over Eagles

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

August 2, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) – North Rainey pitched a complete game four-hitter as the Nanaimo Pirates defeated the Victoria Eagles 5-2 in BC Premier Baseball League (BCPBL) Provincial semi-final action Sunday morning at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria.

North Rainey would pitch the Nanaimo Pirates into the finals with a 5-2 win over the Victoria Eagles (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The win vaults the Pirates into today’s championship game against the North Shore Twins that is scheduled to start at 12:30 PM.

Rainey was solid for the whole game taking a two-hitter and shut-out into the final inning. To that point, the only run support he needed came in the bottom of the second, thanks to aleadoff single by Shawn Arabsky, a single from Josh Burgmann that moved Arabsky to third and an RBI fielders choice from Garrett Goodall that plated Arabsky to put the Pirates up 1-0.

They would then get some insurance, and sadly for the Eagles and their fans, three, big, game deciding runs, in the bottom of the fifth inning that were aided greatly by a controversial call from base umpire Chloe Elston. With runners on first and second and two outs, the Pirates Arabsky hit a ground ball to Eagles third baseman Mitch Bryan. Bryan raced runner Cole Warken to third, diving and tagging him a good foot or so before Warken reached the bag for what should have been the inning ending out.

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Victoria second baseman Tanner Hess is urged to leave the field by coach Jay Longpre (right) after being ejected by umpire Chloe Elston for arguing a close call in the fifth inning Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Elston however, from her position on the infield grass was blocked by the diving runner and ruled Warken safe, much to the dismay of Eagles Head Coach Anthony Pluta and second baseman Tanner Hess, who were both ejected by Elston for arguing the call.

As is typical in such situations, the Pirates next batter, Matt Skingle, who earlier struck out with the bases loaded, redeemed himself this time, lacing a three-RBI double down the right field line to put the Pirates up 4-0.

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A Matt Skingle three-RBI double would provide the deciding runs in the Pirates 5-2 win over the Eagles on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Pirates would add another insurance run in the bottom of the sixth and while the Eagles would go down fighting with a two-run homer by catcher Tyson Abbot in the top of the seventh, just their fourth hit of the day, it would not be enough, as Rainey would close it out by getting Brendan Turcotte to pop out to second to end the game and the Eagles season.

The Pirates win overshadowed a gritty pitching performance from the Eagles Martin Eckard, who also went the full game giving up the five Pirate runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out six.

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Victoria’s Martin Eckard pitched a complete game and took the tough loss against the Pirates in the Sunday semi-finals (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Eagles can leave 2015 with their heads held high, finishing with their best record ever and making a good run during the finals. Rest assured Head Coach Pluta and his staff will have the team ready to be back in the finals next season.