Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
May 29, 2017, Victoria, BC (ISN) – They say that good things come to those that wait. The Victoria Eagles are hoping that continues to ring true, as they won their first BC Premier Baseball League (BCPBL) game since May 2, defeating the North Delta Blue Jays 8-3 at Lambrick Park in Victoria on Sunday, snapping a nine-game losing streak in the process.
The win salvaged what could have been another lost weekend for the Eagles, as they dropped a pair of games to the White Rock Tritons on Saturday (10-1 and 3-2) and the opener to the Blue Jays on Sunday (9-3).
In those three losses combined, the Eagles mustered only 14 hits, while surrendering 30 to their opponents. In Sunday’s win, the Eagles nearly matched their hit total of the weekend, banging out 10 hits and keeping the Blue Jays offence in check with just six.
Eight of the Eagles 10 hits came at an opportune time, in the bottom of the sixth inning in a game which they trailed 3-1 at that point. With their backs to the wall, the Eagles began the inning with four consecutive singles and after a sacrifice fly scored the second run of the inning, kept things going with four more, capped off by a two-RBI single from Cole Mayhew and an RBI-double from Cam Devlin.
The Eagles win was also set-up by an effective outing from starting pitcher Hayden Wilcox, who, after a few tough outings earlier this year, seems to be finding his groove on the mound. Wilcox pitched himself out of some early trouble and held the Blue Jays to just two earned runs and four hits in his 4.1 innings of work, his longest stint of the season
Aiden Hart came on in relief in the fifth and was nearly perfect, giving up just two hits, while striking out three in the final 2.2 innings.
Andy Weir, who had a pair of hits in the earlier loss to the Blue Jays led the way with another pair of hits, including a double, in the win, scoring two runs and notching an RBI. Shuta Araki and Devlin also had doubles and an RBI each.
The win improves the Eagles record to 5-15 and they leap over the Mid-Island Pirates to get out of the BCPBL basement and keep their 2017 playoff chances alive. North Delta (now 9-14) occupy the last playoff spot and the Eagles are now just 2.5 games back of that spot with the season nearly at the half-way mark.
The Eagles will have a chance to keep their win streak going on Tuesday night when they host the cross-town Victoria Mariners at Lambrick Park in a 6:15 pm start.
The 11-5 Mariners occupy second place in the league and are coming off a split weekend with North Delta and White Rock. This will be the first regular season meeting of the year between the Eagles and Mariners after the Eagles won a pair of well-played pre-season games against the M’s during the Icebreaker tournament in March.