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The red-hot Victoria HarbourCats got a cooling off this weekend as they hosted the Bend Elks at Royal Athletic Park for a three-game set. The HarbourCats lost two of three. The teams split the first two games Friday and Saturday by scores of 11-2 and 11-5, respectively. The Elks took game three by the score of 6-1.
Sunday the visitors got off to a two-run start in the first inning with Jack Pauley hitting a home run over the centre-right field fence, which earned him two RBIs as Colten Cosner advanced home, who had hit a double, just shy of the left field fence to get on base.
Top of the third Jake Pauley earned another RBI with a single, advancing Derek Chapman. Score after three was 3-0 Elks and that is the way the score stayed until the bottom of the fifth when Jake Garella scored from third, after getting on base with a double of his own. Nick Moroney earned the RBI off a single, to shallow right.
In the top of the seventh, Guntrip was credited with a throwing error which allowed Jaylon McLaughlin to score to put the Elks up by three. The Elks scored two more at the top of the ninth.
Liam Steigerwald made his first start on the mound for Victoria and lasted 4.2 innings before leaving with an injury, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out four. Andrew Shaps, Connor Whitney, Travis Kuhn and Jack Tagget all saw work in relief.
For the Elks, Acuna earned the win, with Grant Larson and Matthew Kirk holding Victoria hitless over the final 1.1 innings.
The HarbourCats get a day off before starting a three-game homestand versus the Yakima Valley Pippins.