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Monarchs Preview

By Patrick Cavanaugh

(MANCHESTER, N.H.)—A fresh palette.  The Manchester Monarchs are three days

away until the doors to the jungle open up for the eleventh season in a row. What can weexpect to see in the upcoming season is simply unknown. With a roster full of returning players, we should definitely see some veteran talent. But with players like Andy Anderoff and other rising stars, this season is guaranteed to satisfy.

By watching the Monarchs play the Portland Pirates in an exhibition game I Portland on Sunday, you can tell that Monarchs lack under the scoring category. In the 2-0 loss, I could easily tell the Monarchs need to get more chemistry on their lines. The starting line (consisting of Marc-Andre Cliché, Richard Clune, Shaun Heshka, and David Kolomatis) has a lot of chemistry! It is definitely the Monarchs number-one line.

So, in the offense category, we need to stop moving the puck so much and start setting up scoring opportunities. The Monarchs like to pass a lot, so they can occasionally come up with some “accidental oppurtunities” here and there, but they definitely need to learn how to light the lamp.

Defensively, the Monarchs are pretty strong. They can prevent rushes to the net, but they need to stay stronger on the corners. Most of the offensive opportunities Portland had were from entering through the corners. The Monarchs can effectively stop any rushes that try to sneak in through the middle lane. They just need to work on keeping the corners more secure.

As for goaltending, the Monarchs are in great shape. Martin Jones played a solid game in his appearance against Portland. Although he gave up two goals, he made many great saves and proved he has what it takes to lead the Monarchs to another successful season. But that’s not all the Monarchs have for goalies. There’s also Jean-Francois Berube. Berube, 20, hasn’t had his time to shine, but I have a feeling that we will see him between the pipes real soon. They also have Jeff Zatkoff is traveling with Monarchs parent club the Los Angeles Kings. At this point in time, he is on the Kings roster but I have a feeling he is only up there to give their star goalies a rest period until Kings Opening night on Friday.

The Monarchs coaching staff is also more than ready for the season. Head coach Mark Morris, who enters in his 6th season as bench boss said “It’s been a long three weeks (in training camp) and I’m sure these guys are anxious to compete for jobs and get settled so that they can get on with the season.”

As for veteran players like John Zeiler, Bud Holloway, Gabe Gauthier, and Oscar Moller; they are all overseas playing for various teams. Monarchs forward Richard Clune shared his thoughts on the guys leaving. “I saw Bud and we had some laughs,” said Clune. “Whether I’m in Manchester or LA next season, it would have been fun to just be around him. He’s a really good guy.

As for Kings GM Dean Lombardi he definitely has some thoughts running through his head about these guys leaving. “That’s….That’s really frustrating,” said Lombardi.

Another name that will arise through Monarch’s Country as the season gets rolling is twenty-year-old Linden Vey. Vey, the Saskatchewan native was drafted by the Medicine Hat of the WHL in the 2006-’07 season. He was then drafted by the Kings in the 2009 draft in the 4th round. He was the 96th draft pick overall.

“I’ve always been an offense guy,” Vey said. “. I have to come in and do what I’ve done the last couple of years in the WHL.”

Overall, Monarchs fans have a lot to look forward to this season. With such a young team I predict we will see the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, but I think if the Monarchs can pinpoint they’re weaknesses and improve, their odds of winning the Calder Cup are high.

Patrick Cavanaugh covers the American Hockey League for BSU18. He can be reached at .

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New Hampshire Fisher Cats getting ready to celebrate after clinching second-ever Eastern League title

(Eva Russo/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

by Joshua Kummins

RICHMOND, Va. – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR) won the Double-A Eastern League championship last night with a 4-3 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels (SF) in Game 4 of the series at The Diamond.

The victory clinched New Hampshire’s first E.L. title since their inaugural season in 2004 as the series was clinched by a 3-1 count.

“When you get a group of guys like this, they’re almost unforgettable,” Fisher Cats manager Sal Fasano told Kevin Gray of the New Hampshire Union-Leader. “If anything, this team has a lot of good memories and some hardware to remember it with (championship) rings.”

Center fielder Anthony Gose scored the winning run on a Moises Sierra single in the top of the ninth inning, while Clint Everts earned his first win after striking out both batters he faced in the bottom of the eighth with two runners on and just one out.

Third baseman Kevin Howard earned Most Valuable Player honors with a home run in last night’s game. He went 6-for-15 in the Richmond series with five RBI in the four games.

Richmond won the series opener in Manchester by a 10-9 score on Tuesday, before New Hampshire rattled off three straight, including a 7-5 win in Game 2 of the series on Wednesday at home.

Now that the Fisher Cats have locked up their second league title, the celebration can officially begin and they will do just that tomorrow night!

Immediately following the game, the team announced that a celebration will be held tomorrow night (Monday, September 19) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Adams Bar and Grille inside Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

Fasano will be on hand for the celebration and attendees will also be able to take their photo with the championship trophy. Everyone is invited to join in on all the fun with mascots Fungo & Slider, free appetizers, autographed raffle prizes, Championship t-shirts and inflatable games for the kids!

POST-GAME VIDEO
Fisher Cats manager Sal Fasano reacts to an Eastern League title (Kevin Gray)
Fisher Cats outfielder Anthony Gose (Dave Gershman)
Post-Game Celebration (Dave Gershman)

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Fisher Cats, EASTERN LEAGUE CHAMPS!!!

The Fisher Cats Celebrate Postgame. (Dave Gershman)

By Patrick Cavanaugh

(RICHMOND, V.A.)—After a long season, all of the work finally paid off; the New Hampshire Fisher Cats defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels to become the Eastern League Champions.

For the first time since 2004, the Fisher Cats made it all  the way to the title.

The Fisher Cats and the Squirrels both got off to a great start both scoring a run in the second.

It was the fourth inning when things started getting interesting. Kevin Howard hit a two run homer to make the score 3-1 in favor of the Fishers. The Squirrels countered with a run in the sixth when Juan Perez hit a two-out single to score Francisco Peguero from third.

Going into the ninth, things were tied at three….Until, Fishers outfielder Moises Sierra sealed the deal with a one-out single that scored Anthony Gose. FINAL SCORE: 4-3.

With that said, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats are Eastern League Champions. It’s the moment NH fans have been waiting for. Let the celebration begin!!!

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Fisher Cats Tie Series in 7-5 Victory

By Patrick Cavanaugh

After a tough loss yesterday, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats rallied themselves to a 7-5 victory late Wednesday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

A crowd of 2,532 saw the New Hampshire Fisher Cats take the victory of the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Let’s just get this part of our chest; the Fisher Cats got themselves into a jam here and there.

Francisco Peguero led off the game with a hit-by-pitch. Charlie Culberson then singled to put Peguero on second. After Johnny Monell grounds out, Chris Dominguez steps to the plate only to ground out. Dominguez did walk away with an RBI from that at-bat as he scored Peguero.

Then, the Fisher Cats lit up. They had a 3-run second inning, getting 3 runs on 3 hits in that frame.

The Fisher Cats struck again in the fifth with another run. At the end of 5, the Fisher Cats had the 4-1 lead.

Then, in the top of 7, Richmond got two more runs to inch closer to the Fisher Cats 4-3 lead.

As for the home half of the 7th, there was no stopping the Fisher Cats! They had a _ run seventh inning that included everything you could imagine. With power-hitter Mike McDade at the plate, 2nd base umpire Joe Hannigan called a balk on Richmond pitcher Drew Bolin. The Fisher Cats ended up scoring 3 in the 7th to increase their lead to 7-3.

Bobby Korecky gave up 2 runs in the top of 9, but the Fisher Cats still got out on top.

Overall, it was a great win for the Fisher Cats. Nestor Molina tossed a solid 5 innings, giving up 3 hits, a run, and a walk. He had eight strikeouts. The Fisher Cats now travel to Richmond for a few with the Squirrels. Tomorrow’s game will start at 7:05. Yohan Pino will get the nod for the Fisher Cats (4-8, 4.08). He will be opposed by LHP Jason Stevenson (1-0, 1.29).

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Rehab Alert: Colby Ramsus

By Patrick Cavanaugh

(MANCHESTER, N.H.—Colby Ramsus, star outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays is down with the Fishers on a rehab assignment. He joins the team after he was bothered with a sprained wrist.

Rasmus, 22, is a 1st round St. Louis Cardinals draft pick in the 2005 draft. In 2010, he had a career high season with the Cardinals hitting 23 homeruns and racking up 66 RBI’s. Colby was traded to the Blue Jays in late July, as part of a multi-player deal.

Overall, Ramsus said he’s glad to help the team strive for another ring. So far tonight, Ramsus in 1-2 with a single, the Fisher Cats are in the midst of an intense Game 2 with the Flying Squirrels. Follow @pcava12 for updates.

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Fisher Cats are Eastern Division Champs

By Patrick Cavanaugh

(READING, P.A.)—Danny Perales jacked a two run bomb in the top of the ninth to lock it in; the New Hampshire Fisher Cats are Eastern Division Champs.

The game was nail-biting since the start. The Reading Phillies got on the board early in the second to get and early 1-0 lead. The lonesome run came off a homer from R-Phils Tuffy Gosewich.

The Fisher Cats countered with a 2-run fourth inning.  These runs were earned by a bunch of good AB’s and RBI’s.

The Fishers had the lead until the seventh,when the Phillies tied things up at 1.

Then in the top of nine,  Mike McDade led off the inning with a double. He was replaced  by pinch-runner John Tolisano. Shortstop Kevin Howard grounded out to advance Tolisano to third.

With the go-ahead run 90 feet away, Danny Perales went above and beyond to get the Fisher Cats up 4-2.

That’s the way things stayed.

Fishers starter Yohan Pino had a good outing, throwing 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, a run, and a walk. He gave up one homer and rung up 4. He had the “no-decision.”

Pino was relieved with Ron Uviedo (Blown-Save), Evan Crawford (Win), and Bobby Korecky (Save).

Overall, a great win for the Fisher Cats. They will face the Richmond Flying Squirrels in the “Run for the Eastern League Title!”

An inside source confirms the Fisher Cats are celebrating in the clubhouse as we speak tonight.

Be sure to follow @pcava12, @JoeKBSU18, and @BSU18_MiLB on twitter for Fisher Cats Playoff Coverage. Do a twitter search for “#runforthetitle.”

Patrick Cavanaugh covers the NH Fisher Cats for BSU18. He can be reached at [email protected]

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R-Phils Smash Fisher Cats in 11-2 Final

By Patrick Cavanaugh

(MANCHESTER, N.H.)—An unstoppable 3rd inning for the Reading Phillies, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats just couldn’t catch up in the 11-2 loss in Manchester.

R-Phils starter JC  Ramirez tossed a tremendous
game, pitching 6 innings giving up a grand total of one hit, two walks, and six strikeouts. An overall great outing for Ramirez, gives him the win and his second straight scoreless start.

“My fastball was good,” said Ramirez. “I pitched at some people as part of the plan.”

As for the Fisher Cats, neither the offense nor defense could light up.

Fishers starter Nestor Molina tossed 3 innings giving up 5 hits, 6 runs (two earned), and a walk. He also had 3 K’s. Molina was charged with the loss.

Even with relievers BJ LaMura, Rey Gonzalez, Evan Crawford, and Ron Uvideo replacing Molina, there was no stopping the R-Phils.

The Phillies Pitching Staff kept the Fisher Cats limited to just 5 hits.

Overall, the Fisher Cats just couldn’t get on the board.

In the end, the Fisher Cats take the loss 11-2.

The Fishers now travel to Reading to face the Phillies in games 3 and 4, with the seriestied at 1. Game 3 will be played to tonight at First Energy Stadium in downtown Reading.

 

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Fisher Cats Focus: Travis d’Arnaud

By Patrick Cavanaugh

(MANCHESTER, N.H.)—Travis d’Arnaud leads the Fisher Cats in almost everything category offensively this season. Batting average, homers, slugging percentage, on base percentage, RBI’s, you name it; Travis d’Arnaud will be atop the category.

Travis d'Arnaud

d’Arnaud has been solid since the start. He has everything a great baseball player needs. He has speed, he’s a great defensively, and best of all he has one of the best swings on the roster.

d’Arnaud also holds the “Last Time it Happend” record for a Fisher
Cats grand slam. d’Arnaud jacked one out of the park on August 29th in Trenton to bring the Fisher Cats all-time record to 19 grand slams and his second of the season.

With 21 homeruns in counting, Travis d’Arnaud is destined to have a great postseason. From here, all this prospect can do is travel forward and hope for the best.

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New Hampshire Fisher Cats Notebook: Postseason

By Patrick Cavanaugh

(MANCHESTER, N.H.)—Although Game 1 of the of Fisher Cats postseason against the Reading Phillies was postponed, the run for the title is still very much on.

You may ask yourself “What are some of the keys that will cruise the Fisher Cats through the playoffs?” When it all boils down, the answer is simple: PITCHING!

“We need to be solid. Both, our defense and offense really needs to step-up,” said Fishers manager Sal Fasano.

In my own opinion, I agree one-hundred percent with Fasano. The Cats have to keep a solid performance. Considering this is a very young team, they need to keep focus and keep their head of the game.

Some other thoughts that run through the back of everyone’s head is “Can the Fisher Cats

Anthony Gose: 70 Stolen Bases

win in Reading?”

 

The Fisher Cats sometimes need the support from their home fans, but with such a young team, a surprise is always just around the corner.

After all, game one has not even been played yet, so we will just have to see what the near-future holds.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: One thing the Fishers won’t be too concerned about in the postseason is speed and stolen bases. Anthony Gose has a ”franchise record”  of 70 stolen bases in counting this season.

Patrick Cavanaugh covers the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for BSU18. He can be reached at .

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Annual Field of Dreams at Hadlock Field

Westport, Mass. native Kyle Fernandes emerges from the cornstalks in center field on Field of Dreams Day on Sunday at Hadlock Field. (Portland Press Herald photo)

The 2011 Annual Field of Dreams event at Hadlock Field was today, as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats took on the Portland Sea Dogs in Portland.

Check out the video below.

Video of 2011 Field of Dreams

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