It’s been four years since the Thunder Bay Border Cats played a home opener and local baseball fans came out in full force on Tuesday at Port Arthur Stadium as a crowd of 2,381 cheered on the Cats to a 6-3 win over the Duluth Huskies. The Cats jumped out to 6-0 lead thanks to a pair of three runs innings in the second and third frames as Thunder Bay improved its record to 3-4. Thunder Bay native Jack Pineau (Creighton University) got the start on the mound and pitched into the fifth inning, allowing five hits and two runs with a pair of strikeouts. Pineau was aided by a diving catch in the top of the second inning by centre fielder Logan Johnstone (Gonzaga University) with two outs and the bases loaded to keep the Huskies off the board.
Whitby, ON, righthander Griffin Catto (Jefferson College) picked up the win in relief and Kannon Carr (Jefferson College) had another solid outing out the bullpen as he pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts to earn his second save of the season. Tyler Kehoe (South Alabama) and Dalton Mullins (Angelina College) both drove in a pair of runs each as the Cats managed only five hits in the victory. Game two of the four-game series goes Wednesday night at 6:35pm with Caden Fiveash (Oklahoma College-Tonkawa) taking his 1-0 record to the mound for the Cats. It’s also Weenie Wednesday with 2-for-1 hot dogs all game long courtesy of Superior Foods.
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