|Saturday is fireworks night at RAP!!|
This weekend sees the HarbourCats and Kitsap BlueJackets closing out the 2014 WCL season at Royal Athletic Park with a three-game series, and there are a couple of very interesting plotlines to follow while you nibble on that Bin 4 burger and sip that tasty Kolsch. Gabe Clark comes into the Kitsap series with eight home runs on the year, one short of the all-time WCL record. Unfortunately, Clark hasn't gone yard in his last nine games (36 at-bats), which has allowed Kevin Kline of Corvallis and Walla Walla’s Andrew Mendenhall to pull into a three-way tie with him.
It’s a bit of a long shot, but Hunter Mercado-Hood is technically within striking distance of the all-time WCL record for RBI in a season (48). Although he is eight shy of tying the RBI record, Mercado-Hood has lit up the BlueJackets’ pitching staff this summer, knocking in 12 runs (!!) in only five games / 18 at-bats. Just as with the home run record, scoreboard watching will be mandatory if our guys tie or break a record, since HMH now trails both Kevin Kline (45 RBI) and Vince Fernandez (43 RBI) of the Yakima Valley Pippins.
|The RAP clock may still be broken, but time is running out on the 2014 season|
While making short-term predictions on sports is hazardous at the best of times, we’re going to stick our necks out and predict that the HarbourCats will continue their dominance over the BlueJackets and sweep the series. If our prognostication comes true, Victoria will have won their last five games of the season and finished at the .500 mark with 27 wins and 27 losses. After an inconsistent summer that has had its share of turmoil, wouldn't that be an uplifting way to end the 2014 season?
Regardless of how this weekend plays out on the field, look for large and boisterous crowds to come out to the old ballyard and cheer on the hometown team. Because we all know that this is our last chance to witness Nathan Lukes throw out a baserunner with a frozen rope, or see Mercado-Hood swat yet another line drive for a base hit, or marvel as Clark launches one last moon shot into the screen over the left-field wall. The sun is quickly setting on the season and the cold, driving rains are on their way, so be sure you come on out for one last hurrah.