Mariners Top Eagles in BCPBL Showcase Game at RAP

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

June 2, 2016, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Mariners defeated the Victoria Eagles 3-0 in BC Premier Baseball League action at Royal Athletic Park Thursday night, taking home the 2016 bragging rights for the annual Zach Downey Memorial game that is played each season between the two teams.

Jason Willow (right) is congratulated by Nick Seginowich (left) after Willow’s two-run home run gave the Mariners a 2-0 first inning lead (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The win avenges the Mariners 9-2 loss to the Eagles suffered Tuesday night at Lambrick Park and evens the season series between the two teams at a game each.

Picking up the win for the Mariners was righty Liam Kruse, who went the distance, giving up eight hits and getting loads of help from his defence, who were often in the right place at the right time on some well hit balls by the Eagles. Kruse also helped his efforts by striking out six and walking just two in those seven innings.

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While it wasn’t his strongest outing of the season, giving up eight hits, the Mariners Liam Kruse got some solid help from his defence to get the complete game win over the Eagles on Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

For the Eagles, starting pitcher Stephen Wade had a second straight outing where he deserved a better fate, giving up just three hits over his five full innings of work, striking out four and walking none. Unfortunately for the Eagles however, one of those hits was a two-run home run in the first inning to the Mariners Jason Willow, that provided the Mariners with all the runs they would need to get the win.

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Another tough outing for the Eagle’s lefty Stephen Wade, who gave up just three hits, but ended up on the wrong end of a 3-0 loss to the Mariners (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

An insurance run by the Mariners in the bottom of the sixth, courtesy of a sacrifice fly from Jesse Mycock that scored Zeke Holt, who had singled off Eagles reliever Brody Stark, put the icing on the cake and helped the second place Mariners improve their season record to 16-6, just two games back of the North Shore Twins.

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The Mariners’ Dylan PRice heads to third base during action against the Eagles on Thursday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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Mariners pitcher Liam Kruse would help himself on this play, making a nice effort on a short ground ball during the 3-0 win over the Eagles on Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Also getting hits for the Mariners Thursday were Dylan Price, Chris Lata and Caleb Piechnik, while the Eagles were led by Lenn Nakatsuka and Colton O’Brien, both of whom had two hit evenings.

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Steady as usual behind the dish, the Mariners Nick Seginowich makes a nice play on an infield ground ball Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Eagles loss drops their record to 10-13 and keeps them ensconced in seventh place in the BCPBL, 8.5 games back of the league leading Twins.

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An offensive bright spot for the Eagles Thursday was Colton O’Brien who had a pair of hits in the loss to the Mariners (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Game Notes: As is usual for the annual game at RAP, graciously hosted by the Victoria HarbourCats,  a large crowd was in attendance to take in the action.  The Eagles were without short-stop Kobe Morris Thursday, as he has signed a 10-day contract with the Victoria HarbourCats of the West Coast League and has joined them on the road for their season opening series in Walla Walla.