Port Angeles outfielder Jordan Ackerman rips an RBI double down the right-field line .(Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
With the West Coast League’s North Division second half pennant hanging in the balance,
the Victoria HarbourCats (29-25, 15-12 second half) played a marathon extra innings
slugfest in Port Angeles against the Lefties (18-35, 8-18) in their regular season finale on
Sunday. Neither team could sustain success on the mound, leading to several big innings,
and ultimately a 17-16 Port Angeles win.
Port Angeles staked themselves to a 5-0 lead after two innings, and scored seven runs
between the fourth and fifth innings. The HarbourCats were scoreless through three
innings, but erupted for 13 runs on 11 hits in the middle innings to take a 13-12 lead.
The most eventful inning of the day was the fifth, when Victoria scored six, only to have the
Lefties come back with five.
The two teams traded runs in the seventh before the second home run of the game for first
baseman Harrison Bragg (Mississippi State) gave the HarbourCats two-run lead going to the bottom of the ninth. With Port Angeles down to their final out, Jordan Ackerman delivered a two-run double,sending the game to extra innings, tied at 15.
The HarbourCats scored one in the top of the eleventh, but Port Angeles came back with two in the bottom half for the walk-off victory.
The HarbourCats loss combined with a Bellingham win over Wenatchee on Sunday means
that a makeup game between Wenatchee and Corvallis will be played to determine the
second half north division pennant winner. Victoria and Bellingham are still alive, while
Wenatchee has been eliminated.
Victoria owns the tiebreaker with Bellingham (15-12) by virtue of a better win percentage
against divisional opponents in the second half.
If Wenatchee wins tomorrow’s game, Bellingham wins the division title.
If Corvallis wins tomorrow’s game, Victoria wins the division title.