Following a wild 16-14 loss on Friday in Waterloo, the Border Cats let one slip away Saturday as the Bucks rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull out an 8-7 win. Thunder Bay struck for five runs in the top of the ninth to take a 7-5 lead, but the loss dropped the Cats record to 2-4 to conclude their season opening six-game road trip.
Dalton Mullins (Angelina College) had a big night at the plate for Thunder Bay, going 4-for-4, including a double and three runs batted in. Lucas Terilli (East Central College) had a three-hit effort with a run scored while newcomer Tyler Griggs (Gonzaga University) went 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Cats starter Caleb Bunch (Ranger College) had a good outing and left after six innings with the game tied 2-2. The righthander allowed six hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out six. Shane Kearbey (University of St. Louis-Missouri) took the loss in relief. The Cats have two days off to get ready for their home opener on Tuesday, June, 6th, at 6:35pm at Port Arthur Stadium against the Duluth Huskies. The stadium box office will be open Monday from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Tuesday, on game day, beginning 10:00am. Good seats are still available.
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