|Fredericton Royals starter Shane Kraemer was on his game Wednesday night at Kiwanis Park, pitching a perfect game into the sixth inning and throwing a one-hit shutout in an 8-0 win over the Moncton Fisher Cats to take a commanding 3-games-to-1 series lead in the best-of-seven NBSBL final.
Catcher Mike Ivey was hit by a pitch with one out in the sixth inning to break up the perfect game, and first baseman Spencer Stokes singled for the only hit of the contest later, and that was the only blemishes on Kraemer’s third win of the playoffs. He went the distance, striking out six.
Sam Lund got the nod for the Fisher Cats and his night started off well, matching pitch for pitch with Kraemer, but it got progressively harder after the second inning. He got the hook in the fifth, giving up three runs on six hits, striking out one and hitting three Royals hitters.
Fredericton would score five more off relievers Josh Dennis, Glenn Marks and Juan Ortiz.
First baseman Jody Peterson led the offence with two doubles and a single, and a long fly that scored two off an error to Serge Vautour in left field.
Center fielder Corey Wood and designated hitter Chris Sorensen added a pair of singles, while right fielder Tanner Banks scored three runs.
Game 5 is set to go Friday night in Fredericton, while game 6, if necessary, will be Saturday night at Kiwanis Park, game time 7:00 PM. –Mike Sanderson