HarbourCats Show Fangs With Key Series Win Over KamloopsBy Thomas Wilke July 10, 2022 04:40pm
Above Photo: Grady Morgan (#31) and Jake Skipworth (#26) celebrate Harvey the HarbourCat’s birthday (Photo: Christian J Stewart)
Victoria, BC ~ Colton Moore’s RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning helped the Cats not only break through on the scoreboard, but come from behind and steal a game from the Kamloops NorthPaws 2-1 Sunday afternoon at Wilsons Group Stadium in Victoria. A perfect way to wish Harvey the HarbourCat his ninth birthday.
Victoria only put 3 hits up on the scoreboard on Sunday afternoon in front of 2,082 fans at Wilson’s Group Stadium but a eighth inning rally allowed them to steal a win and series with a gutsy performance. They now are 3-4 in the second half of the season and this 2-1 series victory over the Kamloops NorthPaws could not have come at a better time.
That entire eighth inning rally started after Roberto Gonzalez reached first on a dropped third strike which then led to a five pitch walk to Joseph Redfield in an uncompetitive at bat from Kamloops hurler, Kole Turner. Colton Moore, who leads the team in runs batted in, then added to his total with a double down the third base line to score Gonzalez for Colton’s 22nd RBI of the year, which is also good enough for third in the North division.
Joseph Redfield would then score on a wild pitch, giving the HarbourCats a 2-1 lead that would hold up for their second straight win as Jack Seward came out of the bullpen for the ninth and closed things down with a 1-2-3 ninth inning and displayed visible energy after striking out Daniel Martin to put a cherry on top of a lovely afternoon at the park.
It was a pitching duel to say the least at Royal Athletic Park, as only five hits were recorded between the two teams until the top of the seventh when Kamloops scored their first run. Both starters were nearly untouchable as the HarbourCat’s Cooper Crompton went six innings with no walks, three hits, eighth strikeouts and no runs. On the other side, Sean Heppner also went six innings while allowing no runs on two hits and walking four Cats batters.
Sam Walbridge picked up the win for the HarbourCats Sunday afternoon after coming into the game in the seventh inning and pitching two innings of two hit and three strikeout ball. He did surrender the first run of the game but it was unearned however, due to a two base error.
Roberto Gonzalez picked up another hit giving him 14 hits in his last eight games. He has quickly become a fan favorite in Victoria with his consistent play and catchy walk up tune which never fails to get the HarbourCat faithful out of their seats.
Victoria will get a much deserved day off tomorrow, before heading up island to play the Nanaimo NightOwls in a mid week three- game set before returning home on Friday July 15th to host the Yakima Valley Pippins who own the worst record in the WCL at 11-21. If you want to see the games in Nanaimo, there is no better way than to hop on the fan bus provided by Wilson’s Transportation! The bus will travel to Thursday’s final game of the series and Tickets are $75.00 for adults and $50.00 for children under the age of 12 and include a ticket to the game and a ride to and from Wilson’s Group Stadium (departing at 4:15PM) with a stop at the Langford Home Depot (at 4:45). Get your tickets now by calling 778-265-0327.