Jim Swanson, Victoria HarbourCats
The Bend Elks have, no question, played the Victoria HarbourCats tough this season.
The Elks used single runs in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings to defeat the HarbourCats 4-2 on Saturday night, knotting the series at one game apiece, with the series finale set for Sunday at Vince Genna Stadium (5:05pm start time).
The HarbourCats are 3-2 against Bend, the defending league champions, with one game to play in the season series.
The Sunday game will be the final game for both teams prior to the West Coast League’s all-star break, with the game due to be played Tuesday at Longview, WA, home of the Cowlitz Black Bears.
A disputed home run in the fourth inning by Patrick Flynn of the Elks played a major role in the game — hit straight into the sun down the left-field line. Even Flynn seemed to react as though it was a foul ball, but umpires ruled it a round-tripper, a solo shot.
The HarbourCats and Elks both mustered six hits, with Bend making the only two errors of the game. Ben Polshuk and AJ Alcantara were both 2-4 for the HarbourCats, who have started to scuffle a bit at the plate.
Victoria scored once in the fourth, on a single by Alcantara that plated Griffin Andreychuk, and then in the sixth, on a Brad Pluschkell sacrifice fly, that scored Polshuk.
The HarbourCats got the potential winning run to the plate in the top of the ninth, but Jake Stone popped out to third base to end the threat, and the game.
Blake Hannah, making his first start for Victoria, went five strong innings with three hits, four strikeouts and no walks. Holden Lyons followed with three innings, three hits, two earned runs allowed, and he walked one and struck out one, taking the loss.
The loss drops the HarbourCats record to 27-8 overall and 4-4 in the second half, still good enough for the best record in the WCL. The HarbourCats have already secured a first-round playoff berth for winning the North Division’s first half pennant. The second half standings in the North Division sit extremely tight, with four teams — Victoria, Bellingham, Walla Walla and Kelowna — all within two games of the lead.
Cameron Schneider is slated to start for the HarbourCats, who next play at home on Wednesday when the Bellingham Bells make an appearance at Royal Athletic Park.
HarbourCats playoff tickets are now on sale to the general public and are being sold as a two-game package,
Single-game tickets for the games, expected to be August 10 and 11 (the second game, if needed), will go on sale around July 26, but that will depend on sales volumes with the two-game packages.
For more information, visit this link — http://sponsorimpact.com/files/HC_playoff_packages_2016.pdf
The HarbourCats return home to Royal Athletic Park in Victoria on Wednesday, July 20 when they begin a three-game series against the division rival Bellingham Bells.
Complete details for the series are as follows—
Wednesday, July 20: 6:35pm (Gates open at 5:30pm)
Winning Wednesday, Baseball Card Night with Black Press
Thursday, July 21: 6:35pm (Gates open at 5:30pm)
Freedom 55 Game Night, Water Bottle Giveaway from Wilson’s Transportation
Friday, July 22: 6:35pm (Gates open at 5:30pm)
Superheroes Night, Grumpy Bum Pants Night
Tickets for all games can be purchased online at www.harbourcats.com/tickets
The HarbourCats are hosting Date Night at the park on Thursday, July 21 and Friday, July 22 when the HarbourCats play the Bellingham Bells at 6:35pm @ Royal Athletic Park.
Included in this special offer:
- 2 Premium Tickets
- 2 Floyd’s Diner Burgers
- 2 Spinnakers Beer
10-PACK TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE
A 10-Pack is the perfect way to enjoy HarbourCats baseball when you want and with whom you want. There are still 12 regular season home games remaining this season, so get yours today!
Call the office (778-265-0327) to buy 10-Packs or stop in at 101-1814 Vancouver Street.
Assistant GM Brittany French is in the office and ready to assist fans with all ticket purchasing and can take care of any other requests and questions fans may have.
The team office at 1814 Vancouver Street (across from RAP) is operating under in-season hours:
MONDAY-FRIDAY – 9:00am-5:00pm
SATURDAY – 10:00am-2:00pm
SUNDAY – Closed (Except by appointment)