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Bats Get First Extra Inning Win in Thriller Against Nighthawks

June 21, 2018 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - Keene Swamp Bats News Release

HARTFORD, V.T.- The Keene SwampBats won their second straight game, beating the Upper Valley Nighthawks 7-5 in ten innings. Brandon Smith (Dayton) hit a two-run homerun in the top of the 1st inning over the fence in left field to give Keene the early two run lead. Nighthawks' second baseman Riley Smith grounded into a fielders choice in the bottom of the second, but that was enough to score Anthony Melendez from third base, making the score 2-1. Upper Valley would tie the game at two in the bottom of the second on an RBI double by catcher Bryant Bowen. Bowen would give the Hawks the 3-2 lead on an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth. They would add another run in the same inning off Keene's starting pitcher Kyle Whitten to make the score 4-2.

The Bats battled back to tie the game at four in the top of the sixth. Joe Breaux singled to left field, scoring Michael Woodworth, who singled to open the inning. Jake Whitcomb grounded into a double play, but that was enough to score Charlie Concannon (St. Joseph's), who singled to right in the same inning. A dropped ball by Upper Valley's Anthony Meduri in left field off the bat of Shamir Morales allowed Brandon Smith to score from third base with 2 out, which gave Keene the 5-4 lead.

Kyle Whitten went five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits. Andrew Houde (Keene State), went two strong, scoreless innings in relief, dropping his ERA to 0.66. Justin Willis (Vanderbilt) pitched a scoreless eighth inning in relief, but ran into some trouble in the bottom of the ninth inning. A double by Nighthawks pinch hitter Eric Feliz put a runner in scoring position. With one out, Willis struck out Riley Smith, but a passed ball allowed Feliz, who moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Melendez, to score from third, tying the game at five at 5-5.

The Bats were able to hang tough in the top of the tenth. Singles by Concannon, Joe Breaux and Jake Whitcomb loaded the bases in the top of tenth. Alex Griffith hit a ground ball to third, but an error on the throw to home plate from Hawks third baseman Anthony Quirrion scored Concannan to give the bats the 6-5 lead. A walk to Mitchell Golden from Ty Adcock gave Keene their seventh run. Justin Willis closed out a stellar performance in the tenth, giving the SwampBats their sixth win on the year.

Keene returns home for two games this weekend, staring with the Danbury Westerners on Friday, June 22nd. Tomorrow's sponsor is Corning, and first pitch is at 6:30. The Valley Blue Sox come to town on Saturday the 23rd. The defending NECBL champs bested the Bats in two games thus far. First pitch at Alumni Field will be at 6:30.

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