NANAIMO, B.C. — It took a walkoff in the ninth to overshadow the De-show.
On a night when Deshon Thomas was 4-4 and threw out the potential winning run at the plate to end the top of the ninth inning at historic Serauxmen Stadium, it was a double by Nevan Noonan and a run-scoring single by Aaron Marsh that stole the headline — in a team sport, that really doesn’t matter.
The Nanaimo NightOwls prevailed 4-3 in walkoff fashion over the visiting Kamloops NorthPaws on Thursday night, securing the series win for Nanaimo, now 9-12 on the season. Nanaimo had won the first game handily, with Kamloops breaking a 14-game losing streak with a win on Wednesday.
Thomas, the Arizona Christian right-handed hitter playing left field, had three singles and a double, raising his batting average to .258. He also scored a run.
Noonan, thanks in part to his leadoff double in the top of the ninth, was 2-4 with a run, and Wylie Waters drove in two runs — a home run in the first inning, two batters after Riley Paulino had tripled to open the bottom of the first, that helped the NightOwls lead 3-0 by the fourth inning, a lead they milked until the fourth inning. Marsh, who played second base, was 2-5 with an RBI and run scored, and his single was a solid line drive into the left-centre gap, easily scoring his middle-infield partner Noonan.

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Kamloops (4-16) was held without a run until the ninth inning when they pushed three across to set up the dramatic bottom of the ninth. Ryan Inouye gave up three hits and was relieved by Hayden Cuthbertson, who held the damage to the three runs — thanks in part to the throw by Thomas, on the mark to catcher Ayden Hadley to cut down the possible go-ahead run.

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Aiden Russell was strong in his start, going three innings, striking out six ,walking two and giving up four hits — but no runs. Payton Robertson was spotless in three innings, giving up three hits and a walk, followed by two perfect innings from Lawson Minshew.
The NightOwls now get a rare Friday day off, then are home at Serauxmen Stadium on Saturday against the arch-rival Victoria HarbourCats, the seventh game of the RE/MAX Alex Burns Real Estate Island Cup. The two teams play Sunday in Victoria at Wilson’s Group Stadium at RAP, a fireworks night in Victoria, and then revert to Nanaimo on Monday for Canada Day, July 1, and the first-ever on-field post-game FIREWORKS show presented by Kw’umut Lelum Foundation and Maxxam Insurance.

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