Gibbs and Black Lead Maine Baseball Past Albany 10-0
Maine struck with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Colin Gay (Franklin, Mass.) singled to right field and moved to second on a ground out. He scored the first run of the game when Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) doubled off the right field fence.
Maine added to its lead in the bottom of the third inning. Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) led off the inning with a single over the head of Albany shortstop Gordon Madej. He stole second and moved to third on a Michael Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H.) sacrifice bunt. Gay was hit by a pitch. Ian Leisenheimer (Middle Village, N.Y.) doubled inside the left field line, plating Black. Gay scored the second run of the inning when Heath grounded out. Leisenheimer gave the Black Bears a 4-0 lead when he scored on a wild pitch.
Maine scored four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass.) reached on an infield single. Black and Fransoso recorded back-to-back singles to load the bases. Whitten scored on a Gay sacrifice fly. Black scored on an infield single by Ian Leisenheimer, while Fransoso scored on an error on the play. Leisenheimer advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an error on the play.
The Black Bears tacked on two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario) drew a walk and moved on third when Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) singled to center field. He scored when Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) singled up the middle. Calbick scored when Black doubled to left field.
Black had four hits in the game for the Black Bears and scored two runs. Ian Leisenheimer went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Gibbs made his ninth start of the season for the Black Bears. He had one of his best performances of the season, going six innings and allowing just a pair of hits. He struck out seven batters in the game and improves to 3-4 on the campaign. D.J. Voisine (Plainville, Mass.) replaced Gibbs. He went the final three innings; scattering just two hits to earn his first save of the season.
Austin Chase got the start for Albany. He went 3.2 innings and allowed seven runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits. He falls to 2-1 on the season. He was replaced by Kasceim Graham. Graham went three innings and allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits. He struck out three batters. Ryan White replaced Graham. He allowed one hit in the final 1.1 innings.
Maine returns to action on Saturday, March 5 when it travels to Albany for a doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 12 pm.