Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
June 8, 2016, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria HarbourCats blew open a scoreless game with a six-run third inning and took advantage of six Wenatchee errors, to cruise to a 12-4 win over the AppleSox in West Coast League (WCL) action Wednesday night at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria.
PJ Floyd had a pair of hits and an RBI in the HarbourCats 12-4 win over Wenatchee on Wednesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The win was the second of the season for the HarbourCats, their second in a row over the now 0-5 AppleSox and their second in a row in which they scored ten or more runs in a game.
The bulk of the HarbourCats damage came in that third inning when Riley Guntrip drew a lead-off walk from Wenatchee starter Jimmy Dobrash. Back-to-back doubles from Justin Brown and Wyatt Young scored Guntrip and Brown and the big inning was on.
For the second night in a row, the HarbourCats received a solid pitching performance, this time from Colin Ashworth who went seven full innings, giving up two runs on 5 scattered hits, while striking out six (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Cody Snider then singled and moved to third on a Jarron Silva double and scored on a Matt Smith sacrifice fly to make it 3-0. The AppleSox would then get sloppy and a pair of walks and a pair of errors later, the ‘Cats would leave the inning with a 6-0 lead.
The AppleSox would chip back with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, but a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth, thanks to a PJ Floyd single that scored Smith and a two-RBI single from Hayden Jaco, put the HarbourCats comfortably up 10-2 at that point.
Jarron Silva had a two hit night for the HarbourCats on Wednesday, including a double (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
That gave HarbourCats starter Colin Ashworth plenty of cushion and he would work his way through a full seven innings, giving up the two Wenatchee runs on five scattered hits, while striking out six and walking just one.
Ashworth would give way to Creed Smith to start the eighth and after Smith struggled with the first three batters, issuing two walks and two wild pitches, Skyler Henderson came in to shut Wenatchee down with just two runs in the inning, making the score 10-4.
The youngest member of the HarbourCats, 16-year old Wyatt Young, had a single and an RBI Wednesday and has been playing some sold shortstop for the club on defence (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The ‘Cats would get those two runs back in the bottom of the inning thanks in part to singles from Silva and Floyd, both with their second hits of the game and two more errors from the struggling AppleSox.
Greg Casper would come on to finish the game on the mound in the ninth, walking one but keeping Wenatchee off the board to preserve the 12-4 final score.
Cody Snider pulls in safe to second base well ahead of the throw to Wenatchee shortstop Parker Price (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The win improves the HarbourCats early record to 2-3 on the season and they jump into third place in the WCL North Division, two games back of the 4-1 division leading Kelowna Falcons.
The HarbourCats and AppleSox close out their series on Thursday night with James Kannenberg scheduled to get the start for Victoria. Game time at RAP is 6:35 PM.
Greg Casper would make his HarbourCats debut Wednesday coming in to pitch a scoreless ninth inning (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Game Notes: Wednesday’s attendance was 1,539 down just a bit from the standing room crowd for Tuesday’s home opener. With another hit tonight, Cody Snider now has seven hits in his first five games to lead all HarbourCats in that category. The HarbourCats have been running wild so far and have 13 team stolen bases, third best in the WCL.