Bearcats look to pick up third straight win tonight
TRURO – The Truro Bearcats will look to take another bite out of Dartmouth’s league lead in the standings, as the two teams face off for a second straight time tonight.
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Guy Pellerine delivers a pitch to the plate during the fourth inning of the Bearcats win over the Dartmouth Moosehead Dry. The two teams will be back in action again tonight, as the Cats look for their third straight win.
The Bearcats are fresh off handing the Dartmouth Moosehead Dry its first defeat of the season – a 5-3 loss at TAAC Grounds in Truro on Tuesday night.
The Cats took advantage of a four-run third inning, led by a one-out hit from Guy Pellerine, which drove in two runs. John Chapman would follow up, doubling in Pellerine. All four were charged as earned runs against Dry pitcher Jeff Reeves.
The game could be instrumental in getting the ball rolling for the Cats, who have struggled to string together wins this season. They’ve now won back-to-back games for the first time this year, and sit 3.5 games back of Dartmouth for the lead.
“It’s a major confidence booster for sure,” said Chapman, who coaches, pitches and plugs various spots on the field. “That third inning, it was a moment in a game where we had a chance to do damage. You don’t get those too often against a guy like Reeves.”
Pellerine not only provided the offense for the Bearcats on Tuesday night, but also threw eight strong innings. The big utility player is leaving his mark on the league this year, leading in home runs and posting a .355 batting average.
The Bearcats gave up eight hits throughout the game, but tight defense and several double plays limited to Dry to three runs – a season low.
“It was a huge game for us on the mound and defensively as well,” said Chapman. “Anytime you get pitching and defense combined like that, you have to win games.”
The Dry battled back late, getting the tying run in scoring position in the eighth, but Pellerine worked his way out of the jam.
Thursday’s game will get underway at Beazley Field in Dartmouth at 7:30 p.m., with action being broadcasted live on Bell Community One, at www1.bellaliant.net/communityone.