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CATS SINK BLUE ANCHORS

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Border Cats catcher Nick Studer is safe at second base during Tuesday's 9-8 win over Alexandria at Tbaytel Park.  (Photo courtesy of James Mirabelli Photography)    

The Border Cats got back into the win column Tuesday night as they squeaked out a 9-8 win over the Alexandria Blue Anchors at Tbaytel Park.  The Cats used a five run 5th inning to take an 8-2 lead, but the Blue Anchors rallied and tied the game 8-8 by scoring four times in the top of the 8th inning.  The Cats pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 9th to end a four game losing skid.  Cory Kay (Missouri State University) and Sal Taormina (Kean University) both drew two-out walks and moved up on a base on a wild pitch.  Nick Oberg (Coastal Carolina) was the hero as he lined a 3-2 pitch into right field, scoring Kay with the winning run.  It was Oberg's first at-bat at home this season.  Taormina led Thunder Bay at the plate going 3-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and a run batted in.  Adam Collins (Central Michigan University) made his home debut and went 3-4 with a two-run single and a run scored.  Zack Speer (Trinity University) had a solid start on the mound for the Cats, but wound up with a no decision.  The righthander allowed five hits and three runs over six innings with one walk and a pair of strikeouts.  Thunder Bay native Lucas Scocchia (Oakland University) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn his second victory of the season.  Ben Allison (Belhaven University) will pitch for the Cats in the second game of the series against Alexandria tonight at 7:05pm.  It's "Weenie Wednesday with Dollar Hot Dogs presented by Shaw's.