Surge road trip opens with shutout loss

CONCORD, New Hampshire — The Saranac Lake Surge had a rough start to its third road trip of the season, falling 9-0 to the New Hampshire Wild at Memorial Stadium on Wednesday.

After winning five straight games at home — including a doubleheader sweep on Sunday — against the Road City Explorers, the Surge were cooled off in Concord.

Wild pitcher Joe Gratton worked eight innings and allowed just two hits and struck out nine batters on the way to earning the win.

The Surge finished with three hits in the game, with Kyle Robinson, Alexander LaFayette and Jason Aponte each rapping out one hit in the loss.

The Wild collected eight hits, with Kenneth Hutchinson and Donald Roethler leading the charge with two hits each. Hutchinson added a pair of RBIs.

Sean Washington belted a two-run homer during the sixth inning that saw the Wild score six times to take control of a game that had been close. Washington finished with three RBIs.

The Wild scored one run in the first and fourth innings and then tacked on one more in the seventh while improving to 8-7 in Empire Professional Baseball League action.

Dino Cattai started on the mound for Saranac Lake and worked five innings of hitless ball. He was charged with two earned runs.

Cattai was replaced in the sixth inning and the floodgates then opened.

The Surge dropped to 8-10 with the loss.

The teams are currently playing a four-game series in New Hampshire’s capital city. They’ll square off again Thursday with the first pitch slated for 4 p.m.