The Moncton Fishercats got an early lead and held onto it on their way to a 9-5 win over the Fredericton Royals to even their NBSBL semi-final series at one game apiece Tuesday night at Kiwanis Park.
The two-three-four hitters in the Fishercats lineup combined to go 9-for-11 on the night, including second baseman Pat Godin’s 4-for-4 night with 4 RBIs. The Vautour brothers added four singles and a double, and Serge was hit by a pitch.
First baseman Mike Bisceglia added a two-run single in a big second inning for the Fishercats, where they put up five runs on five hits. Ten hitters got to the plate for Moncton, and all the damage was done with two outs, chasing Fredericton starter Joel Violette from the game.
Moncton climbed to an 8-0 lead after the third inning. Fredericton chipped away with four runs in the fifth inning and another in the sixth, but it was too little, too late.
Moncton lefty Ben Sollows got the nod and went six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, walking three and hitting a batter while fanning eight for his second win of the post-season. One of the walks was intentional. Steve Aube threw the seventh inning, giving up a walk for his troubles.
Violette lasted one-and-two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and hitting a batter for the loss. Troy Bishop then took the ball, throwing for three-and-a-third, giving up four runs on eight hits and walking a batter. Matt MacGregor pitched the sixth, giving up a hit and striking out a batter.
Designated hitter Dave Crossman had a two-run single for the Royals, and right fielder Corey Stairs added a pair of RBIs.
With the win, the Fishercats activated their Fishercats5 promo with Papa John’s Pizza! Use the code ‘Fishercats5’ at the checkout of any online order on papajohns.com Tuesday, and you score 50% off!
The series shifts back to Royals Field for Game 3 on Thursday night, and comes back to Kiwanis Park Friday night for a pivotal Game 4. Game time for Friday is 7:35 PM. –Mike Sanderson