|Alex Fagalde mowed 'em down tonight|
More importantly, just like newcomer Riley Edmonds did last night, Fagalde pitched deep into the game consuming important innings and giving respite to the depleted pitching staff. I find it disconcerting that all of a sudden so many Victoria players are having to leave the team due to "academic" items they must take care of or "injuries" that dictate that they leave the team. Were all these issues really a surprise to them and could they not have somehow been managed remotely? Would the same thing be happening if the 'Cats were in a playoff hunt? I think not. Players would figure it out and play through some of these injuries and the 'Cats would still be fielding close to a full squad.
I'm sure it is disappointing for the team - management included - to have to deal with this issue. They are still coming to the ballpark every day and honouring their commitment to the team. This makes tonight's win over a pretty decent team even more impressive, given that morale must not exactly be soaring.
I'm sure some of the reasons are certainly valid and understandable, but I don't remember such a mass exodus last year. And it seems more than coincidental that since Victoria was essentially eliminated from the playoff race they have had seven players jump ship for various reasons. Hats off to players like Gabe Clark, Nathan Lukes, Hunter Mercodo-Hood et al who all have nothing to prove by playing more innings up here in Canada. For all the players who are sticking around to see out the season, I tip my hat to you fine young men and the integrity that you bring to the yard every day. All other things being equal in life, these are the character traits that will set you apart from others in whatever you choose to do.
And a big THANK YOU to the Eagles players for helping out their hometown squad. These guys will be hungry and fired up to show what they can do, so here's to hoping they all see some action - especially at home in the series finale against Kitsap in front of their friends and family.
That aside, Hunter Mercado-Hood had another (ho hum) three hit night with an RBI to lead the HarbourCat attack, putting his consistency on display yet again. Games that matter, games that don't matter, HMH is there for you like your mother after your first break-up. Ted Boeke had a nice night as well, collecting a trifecta of hits himself. Only the number nine hitter, John Grimsley, was left out of the Victoria hit parade as the other eight lads smashed out fifteen hits on the night, beating up four different not-so-Sweet pitchers.
The Series finale goes tomorrow with Alex "Put On Your Cardigan Mr." Rogers dueling his Walla Walla foe Spencer "Hob Nob" Hobson.