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The Victoria HarbourCats hosted the Bellingham Bells for game three of three in their final homestand of the 2017 regular season and lost 6-2.
Game one saw the Bells get 19 hits to take an 11-9 win and move into a first-place tie with the HarbourCats in the North Division. Game two, the tables were turned and the home team won 10-4, to regain the 1.5-game lead.
Waging a defensive battle during the first four innings, the teams were tied at 0-0 with three hits each, but that changed during the bottom of the fourth when the HarbourCats scored a single run when Harrison Bragg hit a high sacrifice fly to centre field, which scored Cole Weiss, who had hit a double to the fence and advanced to third on a steal.
The Bells would score two during the top of the fifth.
Shane McGuire earned a solo home run to deep right field to tie the game 2-2 during the bottom of the inning and tied it remained until the top of the ninth, where the Bells scored four runs and that’s all they would need to earn the win.
“We just didn’t get enough hits, it’s as simple as that,” said Coach Brian McRae.
Reliever Cole Masic was credited with the loss, while the starter Wyatt Boone went 3.2 innings giving up four hits and no runs.
Keenan Lum got the win for the Bells going two innings in relief giving up just one hit and no runs scored. Merle Rowan-Kennedy started for the Bells going 3.1 innings and giving up four hits and one run.
The HarbourCats now have a pair of days off to nervously scoreboard watch before heading to Port Angeles for two must-win games against the Lefties on Saturday and Sunday. The Bells also have a day off tomorrow, and then entertain Wenatchee in another pivotal three-game series starting Friday in Bellingham. Prior to that, the AppleSox will try to complete the first two games of their series with Corvallis on Thursday in Yakima, weather and air quality conditions permitting.
Asked about scoreboard watching and about making the playoffs as well as playing the Lefties who occupy last place, McRae said, “You have to respect everyone in this league, they would make their season by knocking us out of the playoffs. They are our rivals. As for what the other teams do. Someone is going to beat up on someone, so who knows.”
Asked if he will be back for the 2018 season, McRae said, “yes, I will be back next season.”
Game times in Port Angeles for any fans who want to take a quick trip over on the ferry to catch the final two days of this exciting nail-biting finish are 6:35 pm on Saturday night and 5:05 pm on Sunday.