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It doesn’t get any sweeter for the HarbourCats than a three-game sweep at home of the Walla Walla Sweets.
The HarbourCats hosted the Sweets for the final game of their three-game set at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park Thursday and won 6-4 in front of 1,601 boisterous fans, completing their first sweep of the season.
The HarbourCats snuck a victory out of game two to pull even on the season at 22-22 and 8-9 for the second half of the season, they have been playing around .500 ball all year.
Recently, however, the bats have come alive. Tuesday, the HarbourCats won 10-3 off 13 hits. Wednesday they won by the score of 4-3.
Thursday, the HarbourCats drew first blood, after the Sweets opened the game going three-up and three down. The HarbourCats scored two runs off of three hits, two of which were doubles one each from Rowdey Jordan and Ryan Ober.
During the second inning, the HarbourCats scored two more runs, one again from Jordan, who made it to first with a single.
The teams drew blanks until the top of the seventh, when the Sweets scored three runs, to get within one. Ryan Johnston hit a home run over centre-right field. Josh Prizina hit a double and two runners in scoring position made it home unearned, before Danny Sinatro hit out, to left field.
Po Jui-Huang came in for relief during the seventh inning, sending Landon Anderson to the dugout with what would be a win for the Cal State Fullerton athlete. He pitched six innings, giving up three hits and walking two Sweets batters.
Huang gave up two, two-out doubles before Head Coach Brian McRae pulled his reliever in favour of Lawson Humphries, who got Danny Sinatro to fly out to end the inning.
The HarbourCats immediately came back with a Jordan homer during the bottom of the seventh, scoring Adam Inwalle, who had got on base with a single to right field.
Jordan, the Mississippi State shortstop, who calls Auburn, Alabama home, went ¾ on the night, earning four RBI’s and two runs.
“It was nice to contribute to the win,” shared Jordan. “I was struggling a bit for the first couple of weeks. So it was nice to get the sweep.”
Jordan hit .321 last season in the NCAA and hit seven home runs. His performance Thursday was why Mississippi State made it to the College World Series and why he earned All-American honours.
Asked about the crowd support Jordan said, “It’s great every night. The crowd is good here for every game, which really helps the team.”
Tyler Yoshihara on the mound would give up a sac-fly in the ninth, but recorded the final three outs to preserve the win for Victoria.
With the victory, the HarbourCats climbed back up to .500 (9-9) for the second half, and will now take a brief break from WCL League play.
Victoria will host the Victoria Mavericks for two games this weekend before playing an exhibition game against Team Cuba on Monday, July 30. The opening game of the Mavericks series will feature a post-game concert from the Canadian rock band Chilliwack, first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.