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HarbourCats starting pitcher Tyler Hilton. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

The Victoria HarbourCats hosted the Port Angeles Lefties for game two of their three-game set at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park Saturday night and won in a spirited come-from-behind effort, 6-5.

The Lefties won game one by the score of 10-4 on Friday night on the strength of their home run hitting.

The Lefties got up by the score of 5-1 by the top of the fourth inning again with the long ball, hitting three homers.

When asked if he was concerned with the early hitting, Washington State University freshman Jack Smith, who was playing 1st said, “a little, but we came back and I couldn’t be more proud of these guys, the way we came back to take the game.”

“We knew that if we forced their defence we could produce and put up zeros to close the game out and that is what we did tonight,” said Coach Brian McRae. “We don’t have the hitters that they do, so we have to find other ways to win.”

The Lefties opened the scoring with a two-run homer during the top of the second inning by Portland, Oregon native Ronnie Rust. Also scoring on the play was University of Iowa’s Kyle Schimpf.

The comeback was orchestrated during the bottom of the sixth inning, which included Smith smacking a triple. He would later score. A sequence of events led to three costly errors by the Lefties, including a wild pitch that allowed Hayden Jaco to score while Harrison Spohn advanced to third on the play. Spohn would score on a wild throw to first. In all the HarbourCats would take the game in that inning with five runs scored.

“We have won every series, so far. So tomorrow we have to come out and win. When you win all of your series, you can compete for the post-season,” shared McRae.

Tyler Hilton would the start the game and closer Tyler Yoshihara was summoned and the right-hander from Pomona-Pitzer didn’t disappoint, racking up two strikeouts in his one inning worked to preserve the HarbourCat victory. Carter Loewen got the win getting two strikeouts in the lone inning he pitched.

The HarbourCats are now 6-5 on the season and 1.5 games back of the North Division-leading Bellingham Bells, who are now 9-5. The Bells defeated the Portland Pickles by the score of 3-2 tonight.

The HarbourCats hit the road for three games in Bend, Oregon, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. They return home for three Friday, Saturday and Sunday against the Bells.

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