Victoria Eagles baserunner Sullivan Humeniuk heads to third base in a game against the Mariners Tuesday evening (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart

July 20, 2021, Victoria, BC – Riley Waters pitched a complete-game three-hitter, Damien Cataldo hit a solo home run and Jack Valikoski added three hits and three RBIs to lead the Victoria Eagles to a 12-2 win over the Victoria Mariners in BC Premier Baseball League Bantam action Tuesday night at Carnarvon Park in Victoria.

Eagles starter Riley Waters was brilliant Tuesday, allowing just two runs on three hits, while striking out seven, in the complete game 12-2 win over the Mariners (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The Eagles never trailed in the game, building a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, thanks in part to an RBI double by Max Rudnyckyj and a two-RBI single from Sullivan Humeniuk.

Mariners base runner Tyler Hummel stretches for all it’s worth, but to no avail, as he was tagged out on this play at second by Eagles second baseman Max Rudnyckyj in the first inning Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

They would add two more in the bottom of the third, as Cataldo would get his first of three hits to lead off the inning and then come in to score on a Valikoski single. After a Lukas LeGras single, Callahan Cowan would then stroke a two-out double to score Valikoski and increase the lead to 5-0.

Eagles baserunner Ryan Day dives back to first on this pick-off attempt Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Waters, who was near perfect through the first three innings, surrendering only a hit batter in the first, found his only trouble in the top of the fourth inning, when he gave up a leadoff single to Spencer Gordan and then Jonah Chang reached on an error. They would eventually come in to score on RBIs from the Mariners London Dingwell (double) and Carson Barwell (ground out), making the score 5-2.

The Eagles’ Damien Cataldo watches his fifth inning home run head toward the left field fence
(Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
Somewhere in the cloud of dust, Mariner catcher London Dingwell puts the tag on Eagles baserunner Lukas LeGras during this play at the plate Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Waters would give up only a sixth inning single after that to the Mariners Reid Clague and when the Eagles would score four more runs in the fifth, highlighted by Cataldo’s solo home run to lead thigs off, and three more in the sixth, it closed out the game and gave Waters, who finished with seven strikeouts and no walks, the abbreviated 12-2 mercy-rule victory.

The Mariner’s London Dingwell was one of just three Mariners with base hits Tuesday, here launching an RBI double in the fourth inning (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Cataldo would finish with three hits on the night, including his homer and a double, while Valkoski would have three hits, including a double, and three RBIs to lead the Eagles 15-hit attack. Max Rudnyckyj, Lukas LeGras and Callahan Cowan, would also chip in multi-hit games, while Ryan Day and Cataldo, each scored three times.

Eagles baserunner Quinn Valley is tagged out by Mariners shortstop Jonah Chang on this play at second (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Mariners starting pitcher Kaelan Hayashi took the loss, going just two innings and giving up three runs on three hits, while walking four. Hudson Closson and Zephyr Cowan saw relief work on the mound.

Mariner’s starting pitcher Kaelan Hayashi delivers a pitch in a game against the Victoria Eagles Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

With the win the Eagles improve their overall record to 9-5 and their record against the Mariners this season to 5-3. The Mariners drop to 6-8 overall.

Both teams will go at it against each other again on Wednesday night at Carnarvon Park. Game time is 6:30 pm.

Eagles second baseman Max Rudnyckyj makes a strong effort on this ground ball during Tuesday night action against the Victoria Mariners (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

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