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SteepleCats Cruise to Third Straight Win

June 15, 2016 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - North Adams SteepleCats News Release

For the second night in a row, the North Adams SteepleCats dominated in all aspects of the game defeating the Sanford Mainers 9-2.  It was the 'Cats' third consecutive win improving their record to 4-2 on the year.

"It is huge to have consistent effort on all sides of the ball whether it is pitching, defense, or offense," said Head Coach Mike Armstrong.

In the previous game, the 'Cats sent ten batters to the plate in the seventh inning, scoring five runs. In this game, the 'Cats sent ten batters to the plate in the second inning, taking a six run lead and there was no looking back.

Peter Lannoo was sharp in his second start of the season. In six innings of work, he allowed two runs off five hits and struck out eight. He also struck out the side for the second time on the season in doing so in the fourth inning.

"It is nice to put a couple of good starts together and the offense helped out a ton," said Lannoo. "It is a lot easier to pitch when you have a nine run lead."

With the offense putting together big innings, Lannoo was able to receive a lot of rest time before going back out each inning.

"Some guys find that it kind of throws off their rhythm, but for me that is not really the case," said Lannoo on the time between innings. "I just like to do my work quickly and get our guys back in the dugout and hopefully score more runs."

The SteepleCats were able to pad their lead in the bottom of the fifth when John Mazza led off with a single. Keaton Wright followed with his fourth home run of the season. Benjamin Bengston hit his first home run of the year right after Wright making it 9-0.

"It is huge to keep piling it on and just not let them come back in games," said Lannoo. "If we are up early and they come back late they can get some momentum going but if we keep scoring runs that is a recipe for a lot of wins."

The 'Cats understand the importance of moving on and focusing on the next game.

"The guys have come together really well," said Coach Armstrong. "I think we have great team chemistry, a great team attitude, and we are here to win ball games."

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