F-Cats begin southern trip with Tuesday win

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BOWIE, Md. – The New Hampshire Fisher Cats got their southern swing off to a good start, defeating the Bowie Bay Sox on Tuesday night, 8-3.

New Hampshire’s four-run second inning ultimately would be enough for the victory, but they went on to score again in the fourth, fifth, and sixth, highlighted by home runs from Andrew Guillotte and Gunnar Heidt.

The Fisher Cats added an insurance run in the ninth, but by that point the game had been long decided thanks to New Hampshire’s pitching.

Jon Harris pitched another solid start, scattering seven hits in five innings of work, striking out four and walking two Bowie batters.

Harris did allow Ryan Mountcastle to get RBI in the third and fifth and allowed another run to come home in the fifth on a wild pitch, but those were the only real mistakes of his day. New Hampshire’s relievers continuedthat theme by retiring all but one of the batters they faced over the final four innings of the contest.

As Harris climbed to 10-4 with the win, Brian Gonzalez fell to 4-6. Gonzalez left after 5 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs off 10 hits, walking two and striking out two.

At the plate, Erick Salcedo collected two of Bowie’s seven hits while Heidt and Pentecost also had two hits apiece for New Hampshire. On top of Heidt and Pentecost’s contributions, Bo Bichette and Harold Ramirez each went 3-for-5, with Ramirez leading the ‘Cats with three RBI on the night.

The two teams meet again at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday at New Hampshire ace Jordan Romano (10-5, 3.43 ERA) meets Bowie’s Keegin Akin (11-6, 2.82 ERA).