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On Thursday, the Kelowna Falcons wanted to win in Victoria and break the HarbourCats’ league record 17-game consecutive win streak, you could sense it, but to no avail, they got hammered 9-1.
They had started the game pumped for a potential win and to be the team to slay the dragon. A six-run seventh inning would send the knockout punch.
For Canada Day, the two played a double-header, with the second game being a re-scheduled rain-out from earlier in the season – game two, Victoria would start at bat, as the visiting team.
Double headers are tough to sweep. On Canada Day, the HarbourCats again came out swinging, winning the first game by the score of 7-0.
Austin Dondanville started the game, pitching seven innings, allowing just one hit for the win, while teammate Ben Polshuk smacked a grand slam homer.
During a tight game two, the game came down to Brendt Citta’s RBI single, which scored Tevin Mitchell in the sixth inning.
Uniquely, the West Coast League awards a guaranteed playoff spot to the first place team at the half-way point of the season; the first half winner. The reward should entice teams to start strong. At 19-4, the HarbourCats had the strongest start in league history, winning a league record 19 consecutive games. They now have an .826 winning percentage.
The HarbourCats and Falcons meet again Saturday evening at 6:35pm to close out the set.
For Victoria, Josh Mitchell will start, while Kelowna will put Leif Strom in.