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'Bats Drop Eighth Game of the Year to Pilgrims

June 19, 2018 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - Keene Swamp Bats News Release

PLYMOUTH, M.A. - The Keene SwampBats fall to 4-8 on the season, losing to the Plymouth Pilgrims 7-2. Keene had the bases loaded in the top of the first inning, but Lorenzo Hampton (Florida International hit into a double play. That was followed by a groundout to third base by Brandon Smith that ended the inning. An RBI single from Plymouth's Cam Walsh opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, giving the Pilgrims an early 1-0 lead. SwampBats starting pitcher Evan Sperling (Virginia) allowed two walks in the inning that led to two more runs, opening the score to 3-0.

In the bottom of third inning, Pilgrims' shortstop Willy Homza lined a two run homerun off of Sperling, and that made the score 5-0. Sperling was done after 2 2/3 innings, giving up five earned runs on four hits while walking four and striking out five. Jeff Prahml (Southern New Hampshire) was the first man to enter the game out of the bullpen for the 'Bats. He went 2 1/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits while striking out three. Those two runs were courtesy of a two run homerun to Plymouth's rightfielder Cam Walsh, making the score 7-0.

Keene got two runs back in the bottom of the sixth. The inning started with a Jacob Koos (Stetson) single and a stolen base. Michael Woodworth singled to center off of Plymouth's Alex Kullman, scoring Koos from second to make the score 7-1. After a Joe Breaux walk, there were runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Lorenzo Hampton singled to center, and that score Woodworth from second, making the score 7-2. But that was all the offense the 'Bats would get on the evening, as shutout innings from four Pilgrims relief pitchers ended the game, handing Keene another loss. Andrew Houde (Keene State) and Erick Zecha (Rensselaer) combined to pitch three innings of relief, giving up no runs on one hit.

The SwampBats next game is back home at Alumni Field on Wednesday, June 20th against the Vermont Mountaineers. The sponsor for this game is the Greater Keene Rotaract Club. First pitch is at 6:30, and you can listen to the game on FM 104.1 AM 1220 Fox Sports Keene.

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