Saturday, August 10, 2013

Spectacular night at RAP

Oooooooh. Ahhhhhhh.
What a great crowd at Royal Athletic tonight for the last night game of the season. 2513 fans took in the action, a 4-1 loss, and stuck around for the fireworks spectacular that followed. And what a spectacular show it was - nearly 20 minutes of pyrotechnics lighting up the sky above center field to many Oooohs and Ahhhhs from the crowd, and dozens of people lining the fences of RAP outside the park.

The fireworks were apparently the largest privately organized and funded display in Victoria's history! I've seen some Canada Day sets that weren't as good...

Apart from that, there was a lot going on at the park tonight if you knew where to look...

The huge attendance number vaulted Victoria firmly into second place in league attendance, where they will finish the season.

In about the 7th inning, the Wenatchee AppleSox finished their game against the Kelowna Falcons, winning 10-2. That win eliminated Bellingham from the post season.

Alex Calbick, now hitting .385
Bells' third baseman Alex Calbick went 2-4 on the night, raising his league leading average to an incredible .385. Wenatchee's Connor Spencer went 3-5 in their lopsided win (including a first inning grand slam), and sits at .383. The batting title will come down to tomorrow's games. In case you're wondering, Calbick will have to go 6-6 tomorrow to break the single season WCL batting mark of .403 set in 2008 by Bend's Drew Heid.

John Schuknecht went 1-4 tonight, but it stayed in the park. John remains at 6 home runs on the season, still two shy of the league lead. His brother David, who sits at 5 home runs, spent his second game in a row on the bench without as much as a pinch-hit opportunity.

A couple of roster moves today. Gone is All-star pitcher Ty Provencher, signed was Lambrick Park grad Evan Willow. Willow, a catcher, has been warming up pitchers in-between innings while Alex Real gets his gear on...

One more game to go, 9 more innings of HarbourCat season coming up tomorrow. Cheer on the Cats, but throw a little love Calbick's way as well.

1 comment:

  1. The big crowd was incredibly positive last night and there was great energy in the park. We even saw a spirited "wave" wash over RAP. Given that we have been "in a slump" for six weeks now (Victoria's record is 11-28 since June 23rd), I'm amazed at the support this struggling team has received from the local community. Well done, baseball fans of Victoria!