Black Bears Spoil Canada Day Fireworks CelebrationBy Thomas Wilke June 30, 2022 11:05pm
Above Photo: Jesse Brown looks to the camera for a smile after his solo homerun on Thursday evening (Photo: Christian J Stewart)
By Thomas Wilke
Victoria, BC – The Cowlitz Black Bears used a four- run sixth inning Thursday night at Wilson’s Group Stadium to beat the Victoria 7-4 and spoil the HarbourCats Canada Day Fireworks celebration.
Jon Mocherman was lights out on the bump for the Black Bears this evening, only surrendering four hits and one run through six innings of work. Mocherman also struck out three while walking two, which was the fewest strikeouts he has recorded in his five starts this season. His counterpart Noah Takacs ended the night after five innings, surrendering no runs on just three hits. He did walk four, but was much better than his last time out at Ridgefield and had the help of his defence to get out of some early trouble.
The HarbourCats struck first in the bottom of the 3rd inning thanks to a Jesse Brown’s third home run of the season. That was the only offensive output for the HarbourCats crowd of 3,782 to get excited about until the 7th inning.
Cowlitz jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the top of the 6th after starting the inning with two home runs on two straight pitches. Those home runs came off the bats of Alec Arnone and Nick Hovland who gave HarbourCats reliever Josh Verdon a rude welcome into the West Coast League.
The Black Bears would make that lead larger in the top of the seventh after Ethan Stacy’s RBI single pushing the lead to 6-1 at the time. Victoria’s bats couldn’t be held down for long however, as they rallied for three in the bottom half of that seventh inning.
Grady Morgan would first pick up an RBI single to plate Luke Cheng, who had doubled to lead off the inning. Roberto Gonzalez would then pick up the slack, sending two Cats players home to cut the deficit to two. That hit was one of four for Gonzalez Thursday evening.
Cowlitz added another run for good measure in the top of the eighth after a dropped third strike would allow Nick Hovland to score. That would suck the energy out of Royal Athletic Park until the bottom of the ninth.
The HarbourCats would have a late rally that started with a Josh Rolling double down the left field line. He was then singled home by Grady Morgan. Victoria’s rally would be cut short after Colton Moore struck out looking to strand base runners on the corners.
Victoria will head on their longest road trip this summer tomorrow, with games in Portland and Ridgefield, before coming back to Victoria next Thursday July 7th for their make-up game against Nanaimo that was rained out earlier this season. They then open a three game set with the Kamloops NorthPaws on Friday, which will be Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Appreciation night with the Military Family Resource Centre. Get your tickets now for that game and all upcoming games at harbourcats.com/tickets.