Every Bobcat batter collected at least one hit as the Bobcats defeated Long Island 14-11. Starter Alex Russow’s scoreless inning streak reached 18 innings before the Blackbirds scored in the fourth.
The Bobcats (6-23, 6-6 NEC) jumped out early, leading six nothing after three. Up 1-0 in the third the Bobcats exploded for five runs. Brian Monack got the scoring going, knocking in two with a single to center. Joe Poletsky followed with a single to right, plating another run and another run came around to score as the throw went to second. One batter later Gabe Guerino laced a single to left to bring on Monack. The Blackbirds recorded the first outs of the inning when Kyle Nisson grounded into a double play, but it drove in another run.
In the fourth the Blackbirds cut the lead to one, scoring four times in the inning. But the Bobcats responded in the bottom of the inning, scoring three more times. Guerino picked up two more RBIs on the day with a single in the inning.
The Blackbirds scored four more runs in the sixth, to once again cut the lead to one. But once again the Bobcats responded by scoring twice in the bottom of the inning. The Blackbirds added two more in the seventh, but it would not be enough to catch the Bobcats.
Russow pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and striking out three. Guerino and Nisson led the way for the Bobcats, each picking up two hits and driving in three runs apiece.