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Well they did it.
The Victoria HarbourCats broke yet another regular season West Coast League record by winning 40 games.
During their final regular season game, that took place today in a matinee, 1:00 PM start against the Yakima Valley Pippins, the HarbourCats won by the score of 11-4.
The win was the second of three in the final home stand.
With the win and the large crowd the ‘Cats also took down the league attendance record with over 60,000. No WCL team has had over 50,000 fans.
The ‘Cats got off to a quick start scoring four runs during the bottom of the first inning and another in the second to go up by the score of 5-0.
The Pippins tried to make a game of it by scoring four runs in the top of the fourth inning, but that is all that they could muster. The HarbourCats put the Pippins away for good with another four-run inning during the bottom of the sixth.
Ben Polshuk started the offence with a double in the first inning, which was followed by a Ryan Anderson single, which earned a second run. The fourth run of the first inning was unearned, as the catcher made an error to score Anderson.
Brad Pluschkell had a solo homerun in the seventh to pour salt into the wound. He ended up hitting three for four, earning an RBI, while Griffin Andreychuck hit two for five earning three RBIs.
Kyle Mora, who hails from Los Alamitos, California started on the mound for the HarbourCats and ended up pitching five innings giving up six hits and four runs. Indigo Diaz was called to the mound in relief and pitched for 2.2 innings before Matt Lautz and Colin Ashworth closed out the final inning.
The HarbourCats out-hit the Pippins 10-8; however, the Pippins committed four errors, while the HarbourCats committed just one.
The ‘Cats had already set the first-half season record with a record of 23-4, which represents a win percentage of .852; the outstanding first half secured them a playoff position.
The Pippins were sporting their alternative uniforms En Español, “La Manzana” which means apple. A Pippin is a variety of apple, which the Yakima Valley is well-known for growing plenty of.
The first playoff game to take place in Victoria since 1952 or 64 years happens Wednesday, August 10th against the Bellingham Bells at Royal Athletic Park.
Side dish: There was a Hot Dog eating contest amongst the approximate 200 Cadets that were in attendance in uniform. Sergeant Daniel de Vries won, it was a timed event and included the buns; he ate five-and-a-half hot dogs in five minutes.