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August 03. 2014 7:55PM

Norris pitches Fisher Cats past Reading


New Hampshire Fisher Cats centerfielder Michael Crouse, front, celebrates with catcher Jack Murphy after defeating the Fightin Phils at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester Sunday. The Fisher Cats won 7-1. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

Daniel Norris matched his career best, working 6 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts, as the Fisher Cats won the rubber game of a five-game series with Reading, 7-1, on Sunday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

Norris (3-1) allowed five hits and walked none in earning the win. The 21-year old lefty has allowed just two earned runs in 15 2/3 innings over his last three starts. Mickey Storey worked 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to finish up for New Hampshire.

The Fisher Cats (55-60) opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the second inning. K.C. Hobson walked and Jack Murphy singled. After a fielder’s choice, Andy Fermin’s sacrifice fly plated Hobson to make it 1-0.

New Hampshire scored six times in the bottom of the third inning, matching its biggest inning of the season. Jon Berti (3-for-4) reached on a hit by pitch, stole second and scored on a fielder’s choice by Derrick Chung. Cory Aldridge reached on a fielders choice. Andy Burns doubled home a run and was followed by Hobson, who hit a two-run double to make it 5-0. Jack Murphy walked and Michael Crouse singled. Fermin knocked in his second run of the game with a fielder’s choice and Jorge Flores delivered a run-scoring single.

Reading (47-67) scored its run on a solo home run by Zach Collier in the top of the fifth inning. Ryan O’Sullivan (5-7) took the loss, but finished by retiring the last nine Fisher Cats he faced.

The Fisher Cats open a six-game roadtrip Tuesday night in Erie. Right Casey Lawrence (8-5, 2.72) starts in the opener for New Hampshire against right Warwick Saupold (7-9, 5.13) for the SeaWolves.

The next home game for New Hampshire will be Tuesday, Aug. 12 when the Richmond Flying Squirrels visit Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

Saturday: Phils win

Reading scored eight runs in the sixth inning in a 14-3 demolition of the Fisher Cats on Saturday night.

Double-A newcomer Taylor Cole (0-1) conceded three runs in the first inning as the first four Fightin Phils batters reached base. Cole lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs, seven of them earned, on eight hits. He walked four and fanned four.

Zach Collier homered twice for Reading as part of a 3-for-5 night, including a grand slam as part of the Phils’ sixth-inning outburst. He drove in five runs. Jake Fox had a homer and four RBIs. Peter Lavin went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

For the Fisher Cats, Andy Burns had two hits and his team-leading 12th home run. Jon Berti went 3-for-4 and drove in two.Severino Gonzalez (7-12) pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, to get the win for Reading.

Mavericks win

The Seacoast Mavericks narrowly the North Shore Navigators, 2-1, Sunday afternoon in Futures Collegiate Baseball League play.

Andrew Schultz got the win for the Mavericks with 2 1/3 shutout innings, allowing no hits and fanning three. James Vernon picked up the save.

Alex Merritt went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the second inning to put the Mavericks on top 1-0. He also singled in the sixth inning.

Chris Hess stole home with help from David Hopkins in the fifth inning to bring make the score 2-0.

The solo Navigators run came on a home run by Rich Baerga in the fifth inning.


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