Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
Victoria, BC (ISN) – After dropping to 2-9 on the season with a tough 6-3 loss to the North Delta Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon, the Victoria Eagles rattled off three straight wins, including two over the Coquitlam Reds on Sunday, to move to 5-9 on the year and get their BC Premier League baseball season pointed back in the right direction.
Eagles catcher Cam Devlin (right) reaches to apply the tag to North Delta baserunner Mackenzie Marquis during game one action Saturday. Marquis was out on the play (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The heroes Saturday and Sunday were the Eagle’s starting pitchers, Fynn Chester, Stephen Wade and Jacob Potter, all who had stellar performances to set the team on their longest winning streak of the season.
The Eagles used some solid defence over the weekend including this double play Saturday against North Delta turned by shortstop Kobe Morris (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
After a heart-breaking 6-3 loss on Saturday afternoon that saw North Delta’s first three runs of the game score on a two-out, three run throwing error by pitcher Martin Eckard and their last three runs come in the top of seventh on a two-out, bases loaded walk and then a two-RBI double surrendered by reliever Brodie Stark, it was Fynn Chester who got things rolling in the second game against North Delta, shutting them down with a complete game, five-hit, 2-1 win.
Fynn Chester got the Eagles back in the win column with a complete game win against North Delta on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Chester’s only run allowed came in the third, courtesy of an error and RBI single by Mackenzie Marquis, but other than that, he was in command, striking out eight and walking just two over his seven full innings.
On Sunday, Stephen Wade took the hill for his first outing after a bit of a layoff due to a split fingernail. The big left-hander showed no ill-effects of that injury, facing just two batters over the minimum over the first four innings and then pitching out of a jam in the fifth and an even bigger, bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth, his final inning of work, to keep the Reds off the board.
Eagles second baseman Lenn Nakatsuka flips the ball to first during a game Saturday against North Delta (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
More importantly, Wade showed huge composure in both innings, as the Reds were vocally trying to disrupt him in both innings and a controversial balk call that the umpires reversed, much to the chagrin of the Reds coaches, provided a little more distraction in the sixth.
Eagles lefthander Stephen Wade was very composed and pitched out of some trouble in the 5th and 6th innings in his 3-0 win over Coquitlam on Sunday morning (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Finally on Sunday, Jacob Potter, who already has a no-hitter this season, was his hard-throwing self once again, scattering five hits and striking out four in a 5-0 Eagles win.
The Eagles also had some great help on Sunday out of the bullpen, as Junior call-up Jacob Butler pitched the seventh inning of both games against the Reds to earn his first save of the season in game one.
The hard throwing Jacob Potter earned his second win of the season with a 5-0 victory over Coquitlam Sunday afternoon (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Junior call up Jacob Butler pitched the final inning of both games against the Reds on Sunday, earning a save in game one (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
There was also a lot to like about the Eagles offence on Saturday and Sunday, despite the relatively low scores. First and foremost, a nice surprise this season has been the bat of Junior call-up Luke Seginowich, who with three hits and a pair of RBIs in the loss to North Delta, is leading all Eagles hitters with a .344 average.
Junior call-up Nick Seginowich has been a pleasant surprise for the Eagles and with three hits on Saturday is leading the team in batting with a .344 average (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Also holding a hot bat Sunday was veteran Eckard, who redeemed himself for his big error Saturday, with three hits in game one against Coquitlam and another in game two that cashed in an RBI in a three-run fifth for the Eagles.
Eagles veteran Martin Eckard had a hot bat Sunday with four hits and an RBI in the two games against the Reds (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Of more importance for the Eagles moving forward, Kieran Waters had a pair of hits and an RBI Sunday and now has five hits in his last five games since returning from an early season thumb injury. Tyler Duncan, who came into Sunday hitting just .111 also had a pair of hits Sunday and seems to be slowly finding his stroke after being up and down with the Canadian Junior National team a couple of times this season.
Although he would be out on this bunt attempt Sunday, the Eagles Kieran Waters has five hits in his last five games since returning from an early season thumb injury (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
In addition to Seginowich, the younger Eagles are starting to find their stroke, including Parker Swinton and Cam Devlin, who each had a pair of hits against the Reds Sunday, as did veteran Lenn Nakatsuka, who now has five hits over his last five games.
Having seen limited action due to call-ups with the Canadian National Junior team, the Eagles Tyler Duncan is slowly finding his stroke and had a pair of hits against the Reds on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Lenn Nakatsuka is another Eagle that is warming up at the plate with five hits over his last five games, including a pair against the Reds Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
With the wins, the Eagles improve to 5-9 on the season and they now jump from 11th place in the BCPBL into a virtual tie for 8th with the now 5-8 Reds who, following 7-1 and 6-0 losses to Victoria yesterday and the pair of losses to the Eagles today, likely enjoyed a very quiet ferry ride home Sunday evening.
Eagles catcher Lenn Nakatsuka chases down Coquitlam runner James Mitchell during a third inning run down in game two on Sunday. Mitchell would eventually be out on the play (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Next action for the Eagles is not until Saturday May 14th when they travel to White Rock to take on the Tritons. The Langley Blaze were to make a visit to Victoria on Saturday May 7th, but those games have been postponed as the Blaze will be attending a tournament elsewhere.