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Fisher Cats swept in doubleheader against Thunder

Trenton’s Ali Castillo hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving the Thunder a 2-1 extra-inning victory and a sweep of a doubleheader against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats last night. Trenton won the opener, 6-4.

The Fisher Cats (11-15) scored first in the nightcap on a first-inning passed ball, then were shut out the rest of the way. Austin Bibens-Dirkx started for the Fishers and allowed just two hits and an unearned run in his four innings. Trystan Magnuson, their fourth pitcher of the game, allowed three hits and a run without retiring a batter in the eighth and took the loss, falling to 1-1.

In the opener, Kevin Pillar led off with his third homer of the season, and Ricardo Nanita and Clint Robinson also hit their third homers of the year, but Trenton rallied for the victory on the strength of a three-run homer by Slade Heathcott in the fifth that erased a 4-3 deficit.

Nanita went 3-for-3 to lead a nine-hit attack. Starter Ryan Tepera took the loss on the mound, lasting four innings and giving up four hits, four walks and five runs (four earned).

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