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The Victoria HarbourCats started their final homestand of the 2017 West Coast League regular season schedule against the Bellingham Bells Monday night, needing to win. It was the first of three at Royal Athletic Park, before two in Port Angeles, to end the season.
The Bells banged off 19 hits to win 11-9, which moved them to within half-a-game back of the HarbouCats North Division lead, along with the idle Wenatchee AppleSox.
The HarbourCats got behind early, giving up five runs during the top of the second inning, including a lead-off home run.
Adam McKillican started the game and lasted through five.
The Bells would get three more runs in the top of the seventh, off of reliever Connor Whitney. Max Flowers blasted a monster two-run homer over the scoreboard.
The HarbourCats came back with three runs during the bottom of the inning in response, which included RBI singles from Harry Shipley and Andrew Shaps as well as an RBI groundout from Shane McGuire, but that’s all that the HarbourCats could produce.
McGuire told Victoria Sports News, “We can’t give up 19 hits and expect to win. We did produce enough to win, but we gave up too many hits and a few mistakes in fielding.”
“For tomorrow night and Wednesday, we need to clean up a few things on defence,” added the University of San Diego Catcher. “Nothing too serious, but we need to do that to win. We can win the next two.”
The HarbourCats were led by Shaps, who had a pair of hits and three RBI. Hunter Vansau earned two hits scored twice, while McGuire added a hit, two RBIs and two runs.
The Bells Max Flowers had a four-hit game with a pair of RBIs as well as a pair of runs scored. Colby Barrick also had a four-hit night.
Belles thrower Cooper Misic of Central Washington University got the win in relief from starter Patrick Siler who went 4.2 innings giving up six runs on six hits. Josh Zavisuban earned his fifth save of the season.
McKillican is credited with the loss for the HarbourCats.
Starting tomorrow night vs the Bells is Taylor Prokopis for the HarbourCats. Game time is 6:35 pm.