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Danbury Bats Come Alive in SteepleCats Season Opener Loss

June 6, 2018 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - North Adams SteepleCats News Release

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - June 5th marked the long-awaited opening of the NECBL season for ten of the league's thirteen members. With only one full practice under their belt, the North Adams SteepleCats headed down to Danbury, CT Tuesday in hopes the rejuvenated franchise with its new look could muster up a victory. However, the Danbury bats came alive and handed the team its loss of the season.

The Westerners faced an array of pitchers, as Brandon Alberto of the New York Institute of Technology got the start for North Adams, but after 4 innings in which he gave up five hits, three runs, and a home run, Grant Stone from Harvard University. Stone pitched himself out of a jam where he tossed three strikeouts to end the inning. Adelphi University's Danny Taggart then took to the rubber for the SteepleCats and tossed two innings where he struggled to find the strike zone, walking five batters and giving up five runs.

The SteepleCats had some hope in the top of the 7th inning as two wild pitches and an RBI single from Merrimack's Joe Porricelli sent in three runs, but a three run counter later that inning sent the game out of reach for North Adams.

A pitching change in the 8th inning brought in New England College's Stanley Vargas, who tossed a 1-2-3 inning for North Adams, giving the team some confidence in it's pitching going forward.

Eli Oliphant started on the mound for the Westerners, tossing six innings in which he held the SteepleCats to only three hits. He was replaced by Tyler Jones and then Peter Horn, who's combined 2.2 innings also held North Adams to just three hits.

The SteepleCats are back in action this Thursday, June 7th at 6:30 for their home opener against the Upper Valley Nighthawks.

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