(MANCHESTER, N.H.)—The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are looking like a hot commodity as they finish up their first series of the 2015 season.
The Fisher Cats had a lot of room for improvement after finishing the season in 5th place in the Eastern Division with a record of 66-76 last year. The current roster is a familiarsquad, as 21 of the 26 players listed have worn a Fisher Cats uniform before this season. Some of the more popular names include: Jon Berti, Ryan Schimpf, Dustin Antolin, Andy Burns, and New Hampshire native Kevin Nolan.
The Fisher Cats’ season is officially underway now, but there was quite a commotion when an early-April snowstorm covered the field and spectator area with enough snow and ice to force the team to push Opening Night from Thursday to Friday. Although it was an unfortunate happening. Fisher Cats President and General Manager acknowledged the situation by saying, “Despite the best efforts of our grounds crew and operations team today, you just can’t fight Mother Nature,” according to a Fisher Cats press release.
As for performance on the field, the Fisher Cats have looked solid so far. On Opening Night, the Fishers shut out the Rock Cats 6-0 after a stunning performance from K.C. Hobson (homered), Matt Newman (3 hits), and the pitching staff was incredible. The starter, Matt Boyd, struck out nine batters in his 4+ innings of work, and his relievers did a nice job supplementing his performance, as the team of four pitchers fanned a total of seventeen batters.
With a record of 2-0, the Fisher Cats host the New Britain Rock Cats on Sunday afternoon for a series finale doubleheader. RHP Casey Lawrence will get the nod for New Hampshire in game one, while RHP Shane Carle will take the hill for the New Britain. The first contest will start at 1:35, and the second game will follow approximately 30 minutes after the last pitch is thrown.
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Game 1: The Fisher Cats fell 3-0 to the Rock Cats in the first game of the doubleheader. Casey Lawrence tossed 6.1 innings, gave up 8 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), walked two, and fanned five batters. He was relieved by Blake McFarland in the final frame who struck out a batter, but the damage was already done.
Game 2: The Fisher Cats pick up the 4-0 win over the Rock Cats in game two of the doubleheader. Dustin Antolin tossed 2.2 innings, gave up 1 hit, 0 runs, walked 3, and fanned 3 batters. He was relieved by Greg Burke (Win) and Danny Barnes (Save). The pitching trio struck out ten New Britain hitters in the seven-inning contest.
The Fisher Cats open up a three-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils tomorrow night at 6:35 PM. These three games will cap up the first homestand of the season as the Fisher Cats will hit the road for four games in New Britain and three games in Trenton.