Mickey Amanti fell a triple short of the cycle as the Bobcats beat Long Island 9-5. Amanti went 4 for 5 on the day, driving in four runs.
It was a scoreless game before the Blackbirds took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third. But that lead would not last long as the Bobcats (4-22, 4-5 NEC) came back in the bottom of the innings. Joe Poletsky drove in the first run with a single to center. A double steal brought home the tying run when Chris Migani got caught in a run down and Poletsky scored from third.
The Bobcats took their first lead of the game in the fifth when Poletsky drove in two with a double to left. The Bobcats expanded the lead to 9-3 in the sixth. Ryan Ullrich drove in the first run with a single to center. Amanti followed with a three run home run to left to cap the Bobcats’ scoring.
The Blackbirds attempted a comeback in the ninth but were shut down after scoring twice.
Mike Oskandy picked up the win for the Bobcats, going eight innings, giving up 3 runs on six hits and striking out eight.