Hudson Shupe was four for four on Saturday with a triple, double and four runs scored (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)
Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart
June 17, 2023
Victoria, BC – Whatever the HarbourCats host families are feeding their players is certainly working. The HarbourCats stayed undefeated in eight home games thus far in 2023, handing the Yakima Valley Pippins an 11-4 loss Saturday evening at Wilson’s Group Stadium at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria.
The win is the HarbourCats fifth in a row overall, second in a row over Yakima, and their 11-3 record now vaults them into a first place tie with the idle Bellingham Bells in the West Coast League’s North Division.
Leading the way for the HarbourCats was catcher Russell Young who had a grand slam to break the game open in the fifth inning, finishing with five RBI on the day, and Hudson Shupe, who was four for four with a triple, double and a walk, scoring four times. Also having a good night was Tyler Davis, with three hits, three RBI and two runs scored.
On the mound Benny Roebuck (1-1) gave the ‘Cats five innings of two-hit ball to get the win, giving up a pair of runs while striking out three. Josh Berenbaum and Carson Latimer each pitched two innings in relief.
Starter Derek McNary took the loss for Yakima, going three innings and giving up six runs on six hits, striking out just one.
The HarbourCats and Pippins will complete their three-game series on Sunday with a special Father’s Day Matinee at 1:05 pm. At that game the HarbourCats will be debuting a new set of jerseys thanks to Dodd’s Furniture who are the sponsors for the day. Tickets are selling fast for that game with limited reserve seating remaining, but plenty of general admission seating available, as well as single tickets on the third base party deck.
Tickets as always for Sunday’s game as well as all HarbourCats games are available at Select Your Tickets at https://harbourcats.com/tickets.