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The Victoria HarbourCats hosted the Walla Walla Sweets for the second game in two nights of their three-game set at Royal Athletics Park. The ‘Cats gave the Sweets a licking winning by the score of 13-2.
“Yeah our bats are going, we had great pitching again and the team played really well on defence,” said Ryan Anderson, who plays in the NCAA for UC Davis.
Anderson earned five RBI’s off two hits, while Brad Plushkell earned three RBI’s.
Asked if the warmer temperatures helped the UC Davis teammates, Plushkell said, “yes I think so, it is nice as it has been cold here.”
The ‘Cats opened the scoring during the bottom of the first, but the Sweets scored a pair in the top of the second. During the bottom of the third, things went sour for the Sweets as the HarbourCats scored six runs. The Sweets never recovered from that inning.
HarbourCats starter Cam Schneider pitched six complete innings giving up three hits and two runs and six strikeouts.
The Sweets starter Easton Lucas, who had defeated the HarbourCats at the beginning of the season, was rattled early with a total of seven runs in the first three innings.
Sixteen-hundred and 76 fans got to watch a marriage proposal. During the between innings (6/7) break, where the HarbourCats typically host a dizzy bat contest, Daniel Sanchez proposed pretending to contest his girlfriend Kortney Hannah, the sister of HarbourCats pitcher Blake Hannah from UC-Davis, instead a slideshow began to play on the big screen featuring photos of the couple and the gig was up. On bended knee Sanchez proposed and an emotional Hannah said, “yes”. She didn’t need to play dizzy bats to feel light-heated.
The HarbourCats are back to their winning ways, having won three consecutive including back-to-back shutouts this week.
The two teams go at it again Thursday in a matinee game (1:05 PM start). The HarbourCats then hit the road for a three-game set against the Bellingham Bells.