Americans lead the way
VanNoy, Raglione go a combined 6-for-6 to pace Moncton over Charlottetown
The Moncton Fisher Cats’ offence is clicking in the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League.
The Fisher Cats won their third consecutive game on Wednesday, an 11-1 rout of the visiting Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders at Kiwanis Park in Moncton. The game ended in the bottom of the sixth inning on the 10-run mercy rule.
Moncton, which has four wins in its last five outings, has scored 31 runs on during three threegame winning streak.
The Fisher Cats improved to 11-9 while the loss snapped the Islanders (6-15) two-game win streak.
American imports Lance VanNoy and Paul Raglione set the pace for Moncton.
VanNoy went 3-for-3 with a double and two singles. He was also hit by a pitch and scored four times.
Raglione also went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run, a double and a single. He came around to score three runs.
Serge Vautour drove in a pair of runs as the Fisher Cats recorded 10 hits off Islanders pitchers Colin Arsenault and Shawn Albert.
Moncton rookie Sam Lund limited Charlottetown to one run on five hits in five innings. He notched six strikeouts and walked two.
Arsenault suffered the loss on the mound, getting charged with nine runs on eight hits during four innings.
The Fisher Cats jumped on the Islanders early, striking for three runs in the first inning. Arsenault retired leadoff man Justin Cormier, but then gave up a single to VanNoy and a double to Raglione.
Vautour cashed in both runners with a double to centre field and Josh Dennis followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Vautour for a 3-0 Moncton lead.
The Islanders got one of those runs back in the top of the third as Jordan Stevenson’s groundout cashed Spencer Montgomery.
The Fisher Cats replied with three more runs in the bottom of the inning.
VanNoy and Raglione set the table again with a double and single, respectively. VanNoy scored on a groundout, Raglione stole home on a successful double steal and Markus Coates laced a run-scoring single to make it a 6-0 game.
Moncton’s three-run fourth inning was highlighted by Raglione crushing a two-run homer off Arsenault over the left-field wall.
The Fisher Cats loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the sixth with a 10-1 lead. The game ended when Albert hit pinch-hitter Rob Wilen with a pitch to trigger the 10-run mercy rule.
The Islanders host the Saint John Alpines Saturday for a doubleheader at 2 p.m.
Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders pitcher Colin Arsenault throws a pitch Wednesday in Moncton against the Fisher Cats.