Claire Eccles throws out the ceremonial first pitch on her jersey retirement night. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart)

Victoria HarbourCats edge Elks in series opener

Claire Eccles’ jersey retired at Monday’s game

Rallying in the sixth inning the Victoria HarbourCats took Monday night’s game to overcome an early deficit and defeat the Bend Elks 5-3 at the Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park.

Marking the occasion was Claire Eccles to see her jersey retired on the same night. Eccles, the first female player in West Coast League history, went 2-0 with three strikeouts in two starts and nine relief appearances with the HarbourCats in 2017 and 2018. She was presented with a picture frame and a commemorative jersey during the pregame festivities.

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Hunter Hennigh, with his third start of the season for Victoria, relied on his teammates’ defence in the field in his longest outing of the year. Hennigh escaped the jam when Elks infielder Brad Morgan blasted a hard grounder right back to the mound that resulted in a double play.

However, the Elks wouldn’t be denied in the top of the second as Efry Cervantes led the frame off with a single and Gabe Gonzales doubled him home two batters later to give the Elks an early one-run lead.

Michael Hansell got the call for the Elks in the series opener and stifled the HarbourCats through five innings – racking up five strikeouts, and allowing only five hits on the night.

The Elks offence doubled their lead in the fourth, and gave their starter some more run support, with a Nathan Padilla RBI single that capped off three consecutive singles in the frame.

Victoria didn’t record a hit until the third but finally broke through one inning later, when a pair of singles helped load the bases. TysonHays then launched a long sacrifice fly to right field that cut the Elk’s lead in half and ended their scoreless defensive inning streak at 18innings. One batter later, Tanner Rempel followed his teammate up with an RBI single to level the game at two.

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The HarbourCats then took the lead with a rally the sixth, ignited by Victoria native Jason Willow. In his 2019 season debut, Willow collected his first hit in the sixth when he bested fellow Victorian Brendan Turcotte on the mound. Turcotte, pitching for the Elks, and willow are Lambrick Park High School graduates and former players for the Victoria Eagles and Mariners junior teams respectively.

Turcotte got a double play to avoid any further damage in the sixth and ended his outing with only two hits and a run in his only inning pitched. However, Chase Wehsener broke the game open in the seventh with a two-run homer to propel Victoria ahead by three.

The Elks added a run in the eighth to make things interesting, but closer Matt Amrhein came on in the ninth to collect the save and giveVictoria their seventh victory of the season.

The win brought Victoria to within a game of the Bellingham Bells atop the First Half North division standings and ended the Elks three-game win streak. The HarbourCats will go for the series victory Wednesday night.



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Chase Wehsener’s two-run homer in the seventh helped break open the game, and give Victoria the win against Bend. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart)

Jason Willow’s single in the sixth helped ignite a rally against former Victoria Brendan Turcotte. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart)

Lambrick Park and Victoria Eagles alumn Brendan Turcotte allowed only two hits in his one inning of work in his hometown. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart)

Tanner Haney fires towards first and completes a double play Monday night against the Elks. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart)

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