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Seventeen-hundred and 43 fans watched the HarbourCats win the rubber match Monday night against the Bend Elks 6-5, but the ‘Cats had to make a comeback, fight off rain and go into extra innings before they could call it a night.
The league-leading ‘Cats hosted the Elks at Royal Athletic Park for the third time in three days taking two of three games, but they got walloped last night 15-8 for a little reality check.
The Elks, who occupy fourth place in the South Division entered tonight’s action with a record of 14-18, which is deceiving as they have 12 returning players in the line-up from the league-winning team from last year, which makes them a threat on any given night. The ‘Cats are sporting a record of 25-5 and a .833 winning percentage after tonight. The Elks drop to 14-19.
The HarbourCats scored first, getting a single run off of a Joe Prior single, which allowed Ben Polshuk to score. The Elks responded in the second with their own and again in the top of the fourth to go ahead 2-1. In the top of the fifth Bend scored three and then it was Victoria’s turn to score, with two in the bottom of the inning on a two-run homer by PJ Floyd.
“I have been working really and it took a while, but it was a good time to get my first homer,” said Floyd.
It earned him his fifth RBI.
During the bottom of the sixth Jake Stone and AJ Alcantara earned RBIs on singles, to tie the game at five, and there it would stay until the 11th inning. At the bottom of the 11th with the bases loaded Cameron Cannon smacked a line drive to the left of Centre Field, which scored Dakota Dean from third to end the game.
Bend had 12 hits to Victoria’s 10. The winning pitcher was Holden Lyons who pitched four innings giving up just one hit, while starter Cameron Schneider was hit nine times in 4.2 innings. Michael Warnick was the losing pitcher for Bend, who went through five pitchers.
The HarbourCats hit the road to play the Gresham GreyWolves and Bend Elks for three games apiece, before returning home on July 20th to host the Bellingham Bells.