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Cats Offense Absent in Loss to Vermont

June 23, 2019 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - North Adams SteepleCats News Release

After a 3-hour drive to face off against the Mountaineers and improve to a league best 9-1 on the season the Cats turned to their ace Tyler Hays to face a Mountaineers offense that had been shutout for the last 2 games. Early on the game was close as both teams were able to push a run across in the 3rd inning. This would be the last time that the game was tied, or close at all for that matter. The Mountaineers capitalized on some defensive mistakes in the 4th inning to grab 2 runs in the inning and the lead. The Mountaineers bats proceeded to wake up in the second half of this game as they amassed 11 runs in the game. Meanwhile, after the run in he 3rrd inning the Cats were held hitless until they got a pair of singles in the 9th inning. Sometimes the game humbles you, and for a team who was off to a scorching pace out of the gate this season they were finally reminded that baseball is a game of failure. The bigger test is how the team responds as they need to shake that loss off and hold court at home against the Upper Valley Nighthawks. The SteepleCats are 8-2 on the season, they still occupy the top spot in the division, but for the first time in this season they didn't look indestructible. The Cats have 8 more games in a row before their next day off, so they need to shed this loss as this 8 game stretch carries a lot of weight for them moving forward.

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