Nearly perfect, nearly deja vu for NH Fisher Cats' Lawrence
5/12/2014 The NH Fisher Cats hosted the Reading Fightin' Phils at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium Monday night.Fisher Cats pitcher Casey Lawrence delivers to a Reading batter. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
IT WAS almost deja vu all over again.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats pitcher Casey Lawrence carried a perfect game into the seventh inning against New Britain at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium Friday night. It was the second game of a doubleheader, which meant the seventh inning would be the last one.
On June 28, 2004, at Gill Stadium during the Fisher Cats' first year, Maikel Jova won the first game of a doubleheader against New Britain with a walk-off home run. Friday night, Jon Berti doubled home Kenny Wilson to give New Hampshire a walk-off win in the eighth inning.
"That's fate, I guess," Lawrence said when told about the harmony. "It's one of those things."
"(Dalton) Pompey normally sat beside me in the dugout every inning and I noticed he wasn't there," Lawrence said. "It's one of those things where you try not to think about it but it creeps in there no matter what."
"When I go out there and pitch I don't worry about how long the game is," he said. "I'm big on one pitch at a time and I kept telling myself that from the first inning to the seventh inning. Just execute one quality pitch at a time and whatever happens, happens."
Wilson worked one inning in each of those games and has quietly posted a strong season as a middle reliever with the Dodgers and it continues to get better. The eight-year veteran is 1-2 with 13 holds, one save, 32 strikeouts and an ERA of 4.82.
CONWAY'S Jeff Locke was finally rewarded for a strong effort. After making three quality starts since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on June 8, Locke picked up his first win of the year Tuesday night to even his record at 1-1.
Huntington, an Amherst native and former 4-H participant, kicks off UNH Cooperative Extension's Centennial Speaker Series at 7 p.m. in the Granite State Room of the Memorial Union Building. Huntington was raised on a family-owned and operated dairy farm.