A one-game showdown is in order for the Moncton Fishercats and the Fredericton Royals after an extra-inning battle with a dramatic end.
Fishercats left fielder Serge Vautour was the hero as the Fishercats came-from-behind to win 5-4 in ten innings in a wild game at Kiwanis Park Monday night.
Luc Vautour started the inning off with a single, and then after a long flyout from Pat Godin, Serge Vautour mashed the 0-1 pitch from reliever Troy Bishop over the right field fence to walk-off with the win and even the series at three games apiece.
Sam Lund got the win in relief for the Fishercats, throwing three innings of one-run ball in relief of starter Ben Sollows. Bishop took the loss, spoiling a nine-inning effort from Royals starter Matt MacGregor.
The Fishercats scored first, with two runs in the first, with RBIs from Serge Vautour and first baseman Mike Bisceglia. The Royals countered with a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth, capped off by a single and a home run by Dave Barr, knocking in two of those runs.
The Fishercats tied it in the sixth off of an error to shortstop Phil Merrill, scoring Bisceglia.
Sollows went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out three. Lund followed with a run on five hits in his three innings, striking out two for the victory.
MacGregor threw nine innings, giving up three runs on ten hits, walking a batter and hitting another.
With the home run, the Fishercats triggered their ‘Fishercats5’ promo with Papa John’s Pizza! Tuesday, all online orders in the greater Moncton area are 50% off, using the code ‘Fishercats5’ on papajohns.ca!
Game 7 goes Wednesday at Royals Field in Fredericton. –Mike Sanderson