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HarbourCats still in playoff hunt

Jonathan Hodgson

With the West Coast League’s North Division second half pennant hanging in the balance, the Victoria HarbourCats (29-25, 15-12 second half) played a marathon extra innings slugfest in Port Angeles against the Lefties (18-35, 8-18) in their regular season finale on Sunday. Neither team could sustain success on the mound, leading to several big innings, and ultimately a 17-16 Port Angeles win.

 Port Angeles staked themselves to a 5-0 lead after two innings and scored seven runs between the fourth and fifth innings. The HarbourCats were scoreless through three innings but erupted for 13 runs on 11 hits in the middle innings to take a 13-12 lead.
The most eventful inning of the day was the fifth, when Victoria scored six, only to have the Lefties come back with five.
The two teams traded runs in the seventh before the second home run of the game for first baseman Harrison Bragg (Mississippi State) gave the HarbourCats two-run lead going to the bottom of the ninth.

With Port Angeles down to their final out, Jordan Ackerman delivered a two-run double, sending the game to extra innings, tied at 15.

The HarbourCats scored one in the top of the eleventh, but Port Angeles came back with two in the bottom half for the walk-off victory.

The HarbourCats loss combined with a Bellingham win over Wenatchee on Sunday means that a makeup game between Wenatchee and Corvallis will be played to determine the second half North Division pennant winner. Victoria and Bellingham are still alive, while Wenatchee has been eliminated.

Victoria owns the tiebreaker with Bellingham (15-12) by virtue of a better win percentage against divisional opponents in the second half.
If Wenatchee wins Monday, Bellingham wins the division title.
If Corvallis wins tomorrow’s game, Victoria wins the division title. For more on the standings situation and procedures, please visit the WCL website:
PLAYOFF TICKETS

Tickets sales plans are in place in preparation for a possible playoff game in Victoria. If the HarbourCats qualify for the playoffs, they would host game one at Royal Athletic Park on Tuesday, August 8 at 66:35 pm.

Tickets would be made available online through Ticket Rocket, should the HarbourCats clinch their playoff berth.
Further updates will be provided.
2018 SEASON TICKETS
2018 season tickets will go on sale in July including the highly popular Campbell Real Estate Club. Tentative plans are in the works to expand the new home plate seating section from two to four rows of padded seating.
Waiting lists will be taken for season tickets in the Diamond Club seats.
Visit the HarbourCats office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street or call (778)-265- 0327 to purchase season tickets or for more information. Email brittany@harbourcats.com for further details, or go to the team website

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