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Victoria HarbourCats – Low Tide, Mid-Tide, Victoria suffers loss, gains tie, in doubleheader against Cascades

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Story and Photo by Christian J. Stewart

September 25, 2021, Victoria, BC – It must have been a weird phase of the moon Saturday, as the Tide was low all day, dropping the first game to the visiting University of Fraser Valley Cascades and then rallying late to salvage a tie in the second, in Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) fall baseball action at Wilson’s Group Stadium in Victoria.

Golden Tide catcher Ryan Whelan tracks down a loose ball while keeping an eye on a Cascade baserunner in Game one Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The Cascades came out swinging in game one Saturday, jumping all over Victoria starter Cameron Dunn for three runs in the first and another two in the second, eventually building up an 11-1 lead after six innings of play.

Tide second baseman Brandon Green throws from his knees on this play in game one Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The Tide would score one in the eighth and then get a three-run home run from Zeke Holt in the ninth inning to make the score a little more respectable, but that would be as close as they would get as the Cascades closed out a 11-5 victory.

Chase Thomson had a good day Saturday with hits and RBIs n both games against the Cascades (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Josh Berenbaum was an offensive catalyst in the leadoff spot for Fraser Valley, with three singles, two runs scored and a pair of RBI.  Dylan Merritt also had a pair of hits and pair of runs scored, while Charlie Towers had a triple, walk and pair of RBI to contribute to the winning effort.

For the Tide, in addition to Holt’s blast, Chase Thomson had a pair of hits and an RBI, while Austin Gurney had a pair of walks and a run scored in his Golden Tide debut.

Tide second baseman Myles Wall makes a nice play in game two Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Game two was a little more entertaining affair as the Cascades and Tide exchanged three-run innings in the top of the second and bottom of the third innings respectively, with the Cascades then scoring one in each of the top of the fifth and sixth innings to take a 5-3 lead into the eighth.

The Tide’s Ethan Keats would have a double and run scored in game two against the Cascades on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The Tide would tie things with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth, but that would be all the scoring in the game, as relievers Ethan Dean (Tide) and Evan Petersen (Cascades) shut things down through the 10th inning when the game was called in a 5-5 draw, as the Cascades had to leave and catch the last ferry off the Island.

Tide third baseman Jordon Bond puts the tag on Cascade baserunner Dylan Merritt during this play in game two Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

For the Tide, Chase Thomson led the way with a double and two RBI, while Ethan Keats had a walk, double and a run scored.  Autin Wall also singled and scored.

Tide shortstop Austin Wall makes a nice play late in game two Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

For Fraser Valley, Dylan Meritt had a single and a double, while Blake Badger had  a single, walk and pair of runs scored to lead the Cascade offence.  Petersen, who started the game as DH, also had a double and run scored.

Tide pitcher Ethan Dean would be solid in relief in the late innings of game two Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Saturday’s results drop the Golden Tide’s fall record to 4-5-1.

The Golden Tide are right back in action on Sunday as they host the Mid-Island Pirates in a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 pm at Wilson’s Group Stadium. Gates open at 2:00 pm and tickets are just $5.00 and $10.00 at the gate.  Kids under 12 get in free.

The Tide’s Chase Thompson rounds third while looking for a sign from the coach during a Victoria rally in game two (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

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Victoria HarbourCats – Cam Schneider is the hero, he walks it off in extra innings

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Cam Schneider went 4 for 5 with two RBI’s, leading the HarbourCats to a series win (Photo: @JustinPMorash) 

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VICTORIA, B.C. – Cam Schneider’s (Fresno State) four-hit afternoon sent over 5000 fans home happy on Mayfair Optometric’s annual School Spirit Day!

The Nanaimo NightOwls got on the board early as Drew Rutter drove home the first run of the ballgame with an RBI single in the first inning.

BOX SCORE

Ny’Zaiah Thompson celebrates his bunt single in the 10th inning (Photo: @JustinPMorash)

After the early run, Victoria HarbourCats starter Holden Hess (ULM) settled in. Hess threw four innings giving up one run on four hits and striking out two.

NightOwls starter Aidan Russell had a 1.80 ERA through his first 10 innings of the season and carried that form into this one. Russell overpowered Cats hitters with his fastball which touched 93 MPH, striking out eight. He was through five scoreless innings before the Cats finally created some offence. With two outs in the sixth, Schneider drove in the tying run with an RBI single.

Victoria natives Jack Finn (Illinois State) and Mason Chamberlain (Missouri Valley) were great out of the bullpen, pitching five innings combined and giving up zero runs.

LEAGUE STANDINGS 

Schneider led off the ninth with a single up the middle. After a sacrifice bunt moved him up 90 feet, a Sky Collins (Fresno State) single to right looked like it would be enough to win it, but Schneider was thrown out at home.

Spencer Hatch (Tarleton State) pitched a scoreless 10th inning, striking out one.

Brooks Brewster fired up late in the game (Photo: @JustinPMorash)

After three straight singles loaded the bases in the 10th, Schneider wasted no time bouncing the first pitch he saw over the shortstop’s head, scoring Garrett Teunissen and giving the HarbourCats the series win against the NightOwls.

The HarbourCats fly to Edmonton tomorrow morning for a three-game weekend series against the Riverhawks. That is followed by a three-game series in Nanaimo from June 18 to June 20. The Cats return to Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park Friday, June 21 as they welcome the Bellingham Bells. That is the start of a 10 day stretch with eight home games! Get tickets at http://harbourcats.com/tickets, by coming to the office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street in advance, or by calling 778-265-0327.

Watch the series against Edmonton HERE and the series against Nanaimo HERE

The Victoria HarbourCats are proud to announce direct links to a DOWNLOADABLE SCHEDULE that will work on your iPhone or tablet, your Google calendar, or your Android device. Click HERE to access the calendars! Contact zach@harbourcats.com if you have any problems downloading the calendar to your device.

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NightOwls Fall Short in Game Two of the Island Battle

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NightOwls let lead slip in home loss to Island rivals

NANAIMO, B.C. — The ReMax Generation Island Cup is not going to be a romp by either side, it appears.

A day after the Nanaimo NightOwls beat the Victoria HarbourCats on their turf, the HarbourCats bused north to Nanaimo to return the favour with an 8-4 win over the host ‘Owls at historic Serauxmen Stadium.

Early runs — the HarbourCats had four runs by the time the NightOwls came to bat in the third — and a pair of runs in the seventh to provide a comfortable edge.

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Starter Adison Mattix gave up five hits and four walks in three innings, along with four runs, and Landon Welter followed with two innings and one run allowed. Li Sih-te threw three innings, giving up two runs, and Cowboy Cole Carmichael closed it off with an inning and one run.

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Drew Rutter, Wylie Waters and Aaron Marsh had two hits each for the NightOwls, who fall to 6-5 on the season. David Draayers had two runs batted in. Lucas Laukkanen, a local product, got into his first action with the NightOwls with a pinch-hit appearance in the eighth inning.

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The two teams finish this back-and-forth series with a school-day game on Thursday in Victoria, an 11am start. On the weekend, the NightOwls will play Friday and Saturday night, and a Sunday afternoon, game against the visiting Redmond Dudes.

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Victoria HarbourCats – HarbourCats find the hot bats in big win over NightOwls

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NANAIMO, B.C. – It was a needed win, and it was decisive.

The Victoria HarbourCats showed their offensive strength from start to finish with a 12-hit, 10-walk barrage of the Nanaimo NightOwls — leading to an 8-4 victory over the home team at Serauxmen Stadium.

A couple late runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth made the score seem closer than it was, in front of 1,786 spectators at the historic mid-Island stadium. And it squared the Alex Burns ReMax Generation Cup at a game apiece, with seven games to play between now and July 1, a Canada Day to remember in Nanaimo after a fireworks show on June 30 at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria.

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Ny’Zaiah Thompson was 3-5 with an RBI, and Lucas Ramirez scored three runs while going 1-2 with three walks, a double and a stolen base — and a sparkling catch early in the game. Catcher Cam McLeod was 2-2 with a double and an RBI, and outfielder Sky Collins drove in three runs with a 2-3 night, adding three stolen bases.

LEAGUE STANDINGS

Flynn Ridley got the win with a scoreless inning after taking over from starter Ryne Palmer’s three-inning effort as the starter in which he gave up three hits and two runs, one of them earned.

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The two teams will complete this back-and-forth series on Thursday when Mayfair Optometric Clinic School Spirit Game takes over the field at Wilson’s Group Stadium at RAP with a special 11am start. This game is sold out other than standing-room general admission tickets, which can still be purchased.

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The Victoria HarbourCats are proud to announce direct links to a DOWNLOADABLE SCHEDULE that will work on your iPhone or tablet, your Google calendar, or your Android device. Click HERE to access the calendars! Contact zach@harbourcats.com if you have any problems downloading the calendar to your device.

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