The Saint John Alpines took a 9-0 lead after the fourth inning and held on for a 10-6 win over the Moncton Fishercats Thursday night at Kiwanis Park.
The Alpines smashed 17 hits on the night, including three each for Kevin Desaulniers, Ron Barton and Joel Arbeau. The Fishercats struck on 14 hits of their own, including three each from Pat Godin and Steve Thorne.
Moncton knocked in six runs in their half of the fourth inning, but couldn’t muster any more offence in the game, stranding 14 baserunners on the night, including leaving the bases loaded in three innings.
Jay Magee looked sharp on the mound for Saint John until the fourth inning when he was rocked for six runs on six straight hits to open the frame. Five of those runs were earned, and Brooks Saunders cleaned up the mess, going the rest of the way, giving up three hits over his four innings.
Simon Boucher, making his first start since July 2, took the loss for the Fishercats in two-plus innings of work. He gave up four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out another. Luc Daigle couldn’t stop the bleeding for the Fishercats, as he gave up five runs in his inning and a third, scattering six hits. Glenn Marks and Mike Bisceglia both followed in relief for Moncton.
Moncton fell to 12-10, a half game behind the Chatham Ironmen for third place in the league. Saint John improved to 4-24.
Despite the loss, the Fishercats still activated the Papa John’s Pizza Fishercats5 promotion! Next Tuesday, all online orders through papajohns.com will be 50% off if you use the code ‘Fishercats5’ with your order!
The Fishercats’ next home game is Sunday night against the Charlottetown Islanders. The gameday sponsor is Papa John’s Pizza, and it’s minor baseball night at the ball park! Wear your jersey, and you and two adults get in to the game free! First pitch Sunday is slated for 7:05. –Mike Sanderson