Fisher Cats Fall to Erie

by PATRICK CAVANAUGH

(MANCHESTER)—The New Hampshire Fisher Cat fell to .500 (58-58) on Saturday night, as the Erie SeaWolves scored early and often, before edging out the hometown Fishers by a score of 5-3.

Erie wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, as they plated their first run in the top of the first inning on a Jason Krizan RBI single that scored leadoff man Wynton Bernard from third base. The SeaWolves tacked on three more runs in the third inning after a sacrifice fly and a 2 RBI single from Dominic Ficociello. Then in the 5th inning, Dean Green hit a loud RBI double to left-field, which gave Erie a 5-0 lead.

New Hampshire finally broke the silence in the bottom of the 6th inning. Christian Lopes led off the inning with a single, before Kevin Nolan reached on an error, and Ryan Schimpf cleared the bases with a three-run homerun over the right-field fence, reducing Erie’s lead to 5-3. However, the Fisher Cats could not capitalize on any further opportunities.

New Hampshire starter Scott Barnes was charged with the loss after tossing three innings, giving up five hits, four runs (all earned), walked two, and struck out four. Josh Turley, his Erie counterpart, was credited with the win. SeaWolves reliever Joe Mantiply was credited with the save.

The Fisher Cats are back in action tomorrow afternoon as they finish off the series and the homestand with a Sunday afternoon matinee against the Erie SeaWolves. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 PM. RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx (4-6, 4.82) is slated to start for New Hampshire. You can follow Patrick Cavanaugh on Twitter for live updates throughout the game.

Patrick Cavanaugh covers professional baseball for www.BostonSportsU18.com. He can be reached at . Be sure to follow him on Twitter: @pcava12.

 

About Patrick Cavanaugh

Patrick Cavanaugh is a 16-year-old sports journalist, currently in his junior year at the Pembroke Academy in New Hampshire. He can be found in the various press boxes around the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), as he is the Voice of the Laconia Muskrats. On an off-day, he can be found in his home away from home: The Press Box at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Patrick has covered the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) since 2010. He serves as BSU18's main contributor in the state of New Hampshire. His favorite sports icons are Jerry Remy and Dustin Pedroia. His dream job is being a sports broadcaster. He can be reached at [email protected]
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