SteepleCats Blow Lead, Fall in Extras
Dom Iero came to bat for the Keene Swamp Bats with runners on first and second, one out, the score tied at four in the bottom of the eleventh against the North Adams SteepleCats Friday night at Alumni Field. Iero singled to center scoring the winning run. The SteepleCats fell to 1-2 on the season with the loss. Despite the setback, the 'Cats found many bright spots from the game.
Swamp Bat starter Joey Murray struck out the side in the first inning. He showed right then he had great command of his pitches. A big factor of his success was that he also was to consistently get ahead in the count. The first bright spot was that the SteepleCats were able to make adjustments and jumped on top in the second.
"I think he was a little sneaky at the beginning," said SteepleCats Head Coach Mike Armstrong of Murray's performance. "Second time through and later in the order we did a better job and put some good swings on balls."
Those good swings included Dustin Shirley hitting a double with one out in the second. He then stole third and came in to score on CJ Price's single. Later that inning, Noah Vaughan hit a two run home run to make it 3-0. Keaton Wright followed with a home run in the third to extend the lead to 4-0. Murray settled down again after that and finished his performance with twelve strikeouts and 6 2/3 innings pitched and the SteepleCats did not score another run the rest of the game.
Another bright spot was the performance of SteepleCats starter Ben Olson who shined in his debut. After first inning trouble, he settled in and retired 15 Swamp Bat hitters in a row. He eventually ran into trouble in the sixth inning
"Ben was great," said Coach Armstrong. "Ben was getting ahead of guys, mixing speeds, working in the zone the whole time, and he was excellent."
With one out in the bottom of the sixth and the SteepleCats still leading 4-0, Iero drew a walk to end the streak. Parker Sniatynski followed with a double and advance to third on a throwing error which Iero to get Keene on the board. Ryan Costello followed with a single scoring Sniatynski making it 4-2 and the Swamp Bats were eventually able to chase Olson out of the game. The Swamp Bats tied the game at four in the bottom of the eighth when Brandt Stallings hit a two run home run.
The SteepleCats will look to bounce back Sunday afternoon against the Danbury Westerners at Joe Wolfe Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 PM with returning 2015 SteepleCat player Robbie Buffis taking the mound.
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