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The Victoria HarbourCats were looking for momentum after their convincing 6-1 win on Saturday, as they played their third game in a row Sunday, at Royal Athletic Park against the Walla Walla Sweets.
Although the bats were active for both teams, it was the Sweets that were leading through the first half of the game with nine hits to one. They were up by the score of 6-1 through the top of the seventh.
During the bottom of the seventh, the HarbourCats scored a couple of runs to start the comeback bid. The Sweets’ pitcher was losing his edge and walked three in a row on two outs. With the bases loaded, Cole Weiss hit a single and two runs were scored.
With the score 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Harrison Bragg, who suited up for the first time this season for the HarbourCats, took his only at-bat and launched a 400-foot homer to drive in three runs. Score tied. The crowd of approximately 1500 were on their feet.
With the Sweets’ Hayden King taking over on the mound for Patrick Stanton, he threw one pitch and hit Tucker Johnson, so he advanced to first. The Sweets’ saw enough with the one pitch and replaced King with Scott Parker, who faced Bragg for his only at-bat of the game. Welcome to Victoria, kid.
Bragg attends Mississippi State but is from Lakewood, Washington. Asked why the 6-4, 230-pound senior chose Victoria he said, “I was coming up anyway as I am near home here and I did some research into the team and was told how great the organisation is.”
“And the crowd support is really good too.”
It took Bragg 40 hours to drive his Ford Escape from Mississippi State campus to Victoria, the campus is located approximately 150 kilometers west of Birmingham.
With the score tied at six, the Sweets needed to get the lead back going into the ninth inning. Vinny Capra scored from third on a wild pitch. He hit a single and had advanced to second and third off of a J.J. Hancock single.
Bottom of the ninth, the HarbourCats had four up and three down as David Wenzel got on base with a single. He was left stranded to end the game at 7-6 for the Sweets, who took two of the three games at Royal Athletic Park this weekend.
Travis Kuhn is credited with the loss, while it was Isaac Mullins who started the game, going 3.0 innings, giving up six hits and four runs. Scott Parker is credited with the win for the Sweets.
The HarbourCats hit the road for a set of three games in Corvallis against the Knights, then return home for three against the Cowlitz Black Bears on June 29 and 30 and July 1.