FREDERICTON - The Stewiacke River Rats opened up the second day of the Under-16 Fast Pitch Nationals with a 7-6 loss to the Kitchener-Waterloo Kolts.
Therin Nevin put in a solid effort on the mound, scattering just five hits across four-and-a-third innings and giving up six runs - four earned, before Noah Hawes came on and took the loss.
At the dish, Reid Lanceleve, Roman Sack, Michael Willis and Brendon MacTavish posted pairs of hits while Willis and Hawes added two RBI apiece.
The River Rats held pace with the Kolts the whole way, before giving up the winning run in the bottom of the sixth on a base hit to left field.
In the bottom of the seventh, the River Rats put runners on second and third with none out, before Lanceleve was gunned down at the plate for the first out. Hawes flew out to center field for the second out, followed by a walk from Sack. With two runners on, Ontario pitcher Cole Pavey got Andrew Abriel to fly out and end the game.
The River Rats are currently in a thunder and lightning delay against Quebec. Stewiacke trails 4-2 with a runner on first in the fifth inning.
The River Rats are back in action Friday with games against British Columbia at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. against the host New Brunswick team.