Mariners Take Downey Memorial With Drubbing of White Rock
Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
September 20, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) - The Victoria Mariners capped off a successful weekend Sunday afternoon, as they drubbed the White Rock Tritons 8-0 to capture the championship game of the second annual Zack Downey Memorial Baseball Tournament at Layritz Park.
The Mariners rolled through the tournament with a 4-1 record, winning games against Parksville (9-1), the Victoria Eagles (9-6), White Rock (9-3) and Nanaimo (8-3) before dropping a meaningless game to the Coquitlam Reds (10-2) in the last round robin game Sunday.
That put the M's up against the Tritons, who captured second place in the round robin by virtue of their wins over Coquitlam (3-2), Parksville (7-2), and the Victoria Eagles (5-2).
In the final, which started on time at 3:00 pm Sunday despite some earlier weather delays, it was really no contest, as the M's, drawing inspiration as they have done for the past few years from their former teammate Downey, jumped all over White Rock starter Matt Leeder for three runs in the first inning, highlighted by a triple from Tyler Schindel, and solid RBI hits from Jason Willow, Caleb Piechnik and Chris Niketas.
They would add four more runs in the second thanks to RBIs hits from Tyler Schindler and Jason Willow, a bases loaded walk to Niketas and an RBI single from Harrison Hurford. One more run in the third made it 8-0 and put things out of reach for the Tritons.
On the mound, starter Duncan Brens-Knight was solid, going nearly five full innings before being relieved by Mike Varley who came in to close out the mercy-rule shortened win.
The Downey Memorial Tournament has been established by the Mariners to honor the memory of former player Zack Downey who passed away from cancer in May of 2014. Prior to the game, his mother Tania, father Wayne and sister Brooklyn were presented with a plaque that the Mariners will be installing at their home field - Henderson Park - that will serve as a permanent memorial to the inspirational young man that was taken way too early from this world.
The plaque nicely sums up what sports, competition, self-motivation and more importantly, what Zack was all about. It reads:
"Sports are my life…I live, eat, breathe and dream of the action. The wild adventure of each new game is like walking on the edge of the horizon, knowing whatever is at the end, I will have given to the game everything I have. In loving memory of Zachary Downey #6 May 1, 1996 - May 25, 2014."
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