Home runs from Vicuña, Orimoloye power F-Cats to victory

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Kevin Vicuna. Photo/Andrew Sylvia

HARTFORD, Conn. –  Two late home runs proved to be the difference on Friday night as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats defeated the Hartford Yard Goats, 5-2.

New Hampshire found itself at a 2-1 advantage heading into the eighth inning when those home runs arrived, a three-run blast first from Kevin Vicuña, followed later by a solo shot by Demi Orimoloye. The home runs were the first of the year for Vicuña and Orimolye respectively, with Vicuña bringing Jordan Groshans home earlier in the contest on a first pitch single to left in the fourth inning.

Groshans also was one of the three runs on Vicuña’s eighth inning blast, and he would contribute a pair of walks as well.

In addition to the pair of hits from Vicuña, New Hampshire also got two hits each from Orimoloye and Austin Martin.

On the mound, Reilly Hovis saw one unearned run off two hits and three walks over his five inning start. The win would go to Graham Spraker (2-0), for his work retiring the Yard Goats in the seventh. Jon Harris earned his second hold of the year for retiring Hartford in order in the eighth and Kyle Johnston did the same in the ninth to give him his first save of the year.

The two teams are at it again on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. as New Hampshire sends Johnny Barbato (0-2, 5.14 ERA) to the mound against Hartford’s Ryan Feltner.

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Andrew Sylvia

Assistant EditorManchester Ink Link

Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.