HarbourCats marginal division lead up for grabs tonight at Royal Athletic Park
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The final days of the West Coast League regular season schedule offers up much drama – it’s what the game of summer is all about. Can the HarbourCats make it two postseason runs in a row?
The HarbourCats’ precarious lead in the North Division of the West Coast League is down to half a game, after winning two of three in Corvallis against the Knights and losing two of three at Royal Athletic Park against the Kelowna Falcons. They are .500 (5-5) over the past 10 games.
The HarbouCats are running a 13-9 record with a .591 winning percentage during the second half of the season – a half they need to win to see post-season play.
The Wenatchee AppleSox own a second half record of 12-9 and are wanting first place just as badly; it’s a tight race, going down to the wire.
The WCL regular season schedule wraps up this week. For Victoria, this is their final homestand – three against Bellingham, before they hit the road for two against the Lefties of Port Angeles.
With the Lefties left dragging anchor across the straight in last place, it will be a case of either fear the team with nothing to lose or an opportunity to win two important games, but the ‘Cats cannot leave anything to chance and should sweep Bellingham.
The HarbourCats play Monday and Tuesday nights at 6:35 pm at R.A.P. as well as Wednesday afternoon (1:05 pm). They
are hosting the third-place Bellingham Bells, who are just 1.5 games back. The Belles are hot going 7-3 in the previous 10.
The ‘Cats will need to make use of their offense and continue to play tight defensively, especially against the current league leader Austin Shenton, who sports a .400 batting average. Shenton is from Bellingham, so is playing with hometown pride. Also on the scouting list is Chase Illig of Bluefield, Virginia, who leads the league in RBIs (49) and home runs (14).
Victoria gets the nod in pitching, while the Belles have the offense, but either team can compete during either end of the inning. The next three games should have much drama.
Tonight’s game starts at 6:35 pm.