Bantam Premier Eagles Sweep North Shore in Sunday Double-Header

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The Eagle's Liam Erlic (right) and Brandon LeBlanc celebrate after Erlic scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh in game one Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart

April 29, 2018, Victoria, BC – The Bantam Premier Victoria Eagles used some high drama to come away with 4-3 and 6-5 wins over the North Shore Twins in BC Bantam Premier League action Sunday afternoon in Victoria.

The Eagles Jacob Popydynec pitched a scoreless five innings in the Eagles 4-3 win over North Shore on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
The Eagles Jacob Popydynec pitched a scoreless five innings in the Eagles 4-3 win over North Shore on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

In game one action, the Eagles used a walk-off single from Tyrus Hall in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure the game one win and then used a lead off home run from Tyler Burton in game two, to spark themselves to an eventual 6-5 win over the Twins.

North Shore pitcher Ryan Engel (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
North Shore pitcher Ryan Engel (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The two wins improve the Eagles record to 3-3 and leaves them just 3.5 games back of the Parksville Royals who lead the Bantam PBL circuit with a 6-1 record.

The Ealges Liam Erlic bids for a base hit against North Shore on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
The Ealges Liam Erlic bids for a base hit against North Shore on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

In game one Sunday, the Eagles jumped into a 2-0 lead after four, but a three run sixth from the Twins, all scored off of Eagle’s reliever Hall, who replaced starter Jacob Popadynek, put the Twins in a position to win.

The Twins used some good defence, including a double play here, to keep the Eagles close in game one (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
The Twins used some good defence, including a double play here, to keep the Eagles close in game one (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

However in the bottom the seventh, Liam Erlic was hit by a pitch and then came around to score on a double by Dominic Biello to tie the game.

The Twins offence, including that of Blake DellaZanna, came alive to score three runs in the sixth inning of game one (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
The Twins offence, including that of Blake DellaZanna, came alive to score three runs in the sixth inning of game one (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

After Hall and reliever Owen Luchies kept the Twins off the board in the top of the eighth, Brandon LeBlanc doubled, was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Dave Jung and then came in to score the winner when Hall slapped a single past the drawn-in infield, sending the Eagles on to the field in celebration of the walk-off win.

North Shore's James Brock would slide in safely, beating the tag from Eagle shortstop Tyler Burton (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
North Shore’s James Brock would slide in safely, beating the tag from Eagle shortstop Tyler Burton (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

In game two, after the Twins opened the scoring in the top of the first, Burton would knot the game 1-1 with his lead-off home run.

Eagles catcher Dave Jung takes a ball off the chest protector on this throw to the plate in the sixth inning of game one Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
Eagles catcher Dave Jung takes a ball off the chest protector on this throw to the plate in the sixth inning of game one Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The Eagles would build on that momentum to hold a 5-2 lead after five innings of play, but the Twins would get to Eagles starter Brandon LeBlanc for three runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game 5-5.

The Eagles Owne Luchies would get the game one win in relief Sunday, then help the Eagles to a game two win with three base hits (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
The Eagles Owne Luchies would get the game one win in relief Sunday, then help the Eagles to a game two win with three base hits (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

In the bottom of the frame, the Eagles loaded the bases thanks to singles from Owen Luchies and Dexter Stoiber and Jacob Popadynec reaching on error. Dom Biello was then walked to score Luchies and give the Eagles back their lead.

The Eagle's Dave Jung lays down a sacrifice bunt late in game one Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
The Eagle’s Dave Jung lays down a sacrifice bunt late in game one Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Ryan Whelan would then come in to close and he would need just 11 pitches, 10 of which were strikes, to keep the Twins off the board and close out the Eagles’ second win of the day.

Bantam Premier Eagle Ty Hall (right) is mobbed by his teammates after knocking in the winning run in the eighth inning of game one Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
Bantam Premier Eagle Ty Hall (right) is mobbed by his teammates after knocking in the winning run in the eighth inning of game one Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

In addition to Burton’s home run, Biello would double and Luchies would add three hits to the Eagles 11-hit attack.

LeBlanc gets the win going six full innings and giving up the five Twins runs on five hits, while striking out six and walking none. Ethan Skiffington takes the loss for the Twins.

More photos from this game from Christian J. Stewart are available at: http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/p201474853

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