The Big Bill wins a pitcher duel
COATICOOK – Lachlan Fontaine had accumulated thirteen strikeouts after six innings of work, but the score was still 0-0. Andy Van Amos and Michael Therrien, however, supported their pitcher with productive hits in the sixth inning, allowing Fontaine and the Big Bill to win the match 2-0 and equal the series.
Thee Big Bill Coaticook faced Cascades Shawinigan Thursday night at the stadium Julien-Morin, in the second game of a four series of September visitors had won the first match by 3-1 after a dominating performance of pitcher Matthew Rusch.
It was another pitcher who shone in the second game of the series, but he was not wearing the same uniform. Although Luis Munoz had a good game, the star of the evening was the imposing Lachlan Fontaine, loaned by the Capitals of Quebec. Blending his dazzling fastball and his destabilizing curved balls, Fontaine kept the Cascades hitters in check all night, racking up 13 strikeouts. He allowed three hits and no walk.
“I did not think I was having such a good game tonight,” said Fontaine. I launched four days ago in Quebec City and I was trying to throw as hard as I could, so I had a bloody arm this week. I told myself that I was going to be less forceful tonight and let my balls do their best. It worked well. ”
Both teams were neck and neck throughout the game, but the Big Bill left more men on the trails. That’s why the spectators jumped off their seats when Andy Van Amos and Michael Therrien successively hit two hits as the trails were filled with two outs.
“It’s good,” Van Amos said of his victorious hit. I stick more marble for a few games and I was looking for a quick inside. I got it outside, but I was able to push it to the opposite field. ”
The third game of the series will be played Friday night at Shawinigan Optimist Park. “We come back with Boutin to the mound tomorrow, says Jonathan Breton, coach of the Big Bill. When Fontaine is here, we play with more confidence, it feels immediately. “