by Patrick Cavanaugh
It was your typical rivalry between the Cats and Dogs as both teams wanted to come out with a win in game one of tonight’s doubleheader at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Things got interesting towards the end of the 7-inning game that was played in front of 4,344 fans on beautiful Wednesday night in Manchester.
It started in the top of the first inning, when Ronald Bermudez doubles to score Jeremy Hazelbaker, to get the Sea Dogs an early 1-0 lead.
But the Fisher Cats countered in the home half of the first, when Fisher Cats infielder Mike McDade hit a two run shot over the left-field wall to get the Fisher Cats the 2-0 lead.
After a scoreless second inning, the Sea Dogs struck again in the third, when Derrik Gibson hit an RBI single to score Reynaldo Rodriguez and Bryce Brentz. That gave the SeaDogs the 4-2 lead.
Sam Dyson, a new face in Manchester, made his fourth appearance with the Fisher Cats, providing relief to Deck McGuire. McGuire threw five innings, giving up six hits, four runs, and three walks. He only had one strikeout.
Then in the fifth inning, Brian Van Kirk hit a ball that trickled past the bag in fair territory, but then rolled underneath the bullpen bench and was declared a ground rule double. Justin Jackson and Ryan Goins crossed the plate for the Fisher Cats on the ground rule double, tying the game at four.
As the game went on, things got more intense, as we went to the seventh and final inning tied at four.
Sam Dyson held the Sea Dogs in the top of the seventh, but in the bottom of the seventh, the Fisher Cats came so close to winning.
Justin Jackson was 90 feet away from scoring and getting the Fisher Cats the walk-off win, when Mark Sobolewski came to the plate. Sobolewski went down on strikes and sent the game into “extra innings.”
In the top of the eighth, Ron Uviedo came into to relieve Dyson who threw two innings, giving up two hits, and fanning one batter.
Derrik Gibson doubled to lead off the eighth, and advanced to third, on a Zach Gentile single. Gibson then later got the Sea Dogs the 5-4 lead over the Fisher Cats when a balk was called on Uviedo.
Later in the eighth, Juan Carlos Linares smacks a double off the left field wall scoring both base-runners (Gentile and Hazelbaker). That made the score 7-5 in favor of the Sea Dogs.
The Fisher Cats finally got out of the eighth on a pop-up to Ryan Goins with the bases loaded.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Fisher Cats made things interesting, when Brad Glenn hit a two-run homer and made it a one-run ballgame. Brian Jeroloman, then came to the plate and popped out. That brought Brad McElroy to the plate, who grounded out to second base.
With two outs, Ryan Goins stepped up to the plate but grounded out to first to end the ball game.
This eight inning game lasted 2:51, a tad longer than what a regular game lasts..
Stay tuned for game two of tonight’s doubleheader coming up at 9:35.
Patrick Cavanaugh covers the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for BostonSportsU18. He can be reached at .