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The Victoria HarbourCats are beginning to resemble the 2016 version of themselves; a team that destroyed several team and league win and attendance records.
Friday, the biggest crowd of the season showed up to witness the HarbourCats come from behind for their fourth consecutive win. Canada Day they sent 3-0 Adam McKillican to the mound. They eked out a 2-1 win to sweep the Cowlitz Black Bears.
The HarbourCats are now 15-13 on the season and just two games outside of first place, which is currently occupied by the 15-9 Kelowna Falcons.
The HarbourCats used some timely defence, to squeak out the win.
McKillican gave up a single run on six hits, while walking two and striking out four. He did however; give up a big solo home run to Devlin Granberg in the third inning. The hit easily cleared the mesh in left field and was well over 400 feet.
Meanwhile the Victoria offence was struggling against Cowlitz left-hander Nico Tellache, who held the ‘Cats scoreless on five hits through the first four innings.
The only offence that Victoria would need was when Shane McGuire was hit by a pitch to lead things off and later come in to score on a sacrifice fly from Harry Shipley. Hunter Vansau would get a single to send Nick Moroney home. It was his second hit of the day, to put the home squad up 2-1.
Vansau and McGuire led the HarbourCats seven-hit day with two each, including a double from Vansau, while Shipley had a hit and an RBI. Cowlitz’ Granberg led the way with a pair of hits.
Tellache (0-1) takes the loss for Cowlitz, while Nick Strange cleaned up the final two innings in relief.
The HarbourCats now enjoy Sunday off before entertaining the Victoria Mavericks on Monday night at 5:00 pm in a non-league game. They face Kelowna for their first meeting of the year, before returning to Royal Athletic Park on Friday to host the Bend Elks.