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SteepleCats Drop Second Straight

July 8, 2016 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - North Adams SteepleCats News Release

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, a man on second in a 3-3 tie, the North Adams SteepleCats had Logan Austin on the mound. The Keene Swamp Bats sent pinch hitter Brandt Stallings to the plate. Stallings hit a double off the wall to win the game for the Swamp Bats 4-3. It was the second time the Swamp Bats had walked off the SteepleCats at Alumni Field this season.

"Our guys do a great job of battling and it showed again tonight," said Head Coach Mike Armstrong. "But we continued to make a few too many mistakes that shoot ourselves in the foot."

The Swamp Bats took a 3-0 lead into the sixth inning against Kyle Mora who made his first start of the season on the mound for the SteepleCats. Mora finished the evening giving up three runs off eight hits and two strikeouts. The Swamp Bats added a run against him in the second, fourth, and fifth after seeing the leadoff hitter reach base each time. When Mora was able to retire the leadoff hitter, he was successful.

"Mora did well," said Coach Armstrong. "He threw a lot of strikes and gave us a lot of chances. I was very impressed and am excited to see him go again."

Early on, the SteepleCats struggled to figure out Swamp Bat starter Tommy Doyle. He struck out seven of the first nine hitters he faced and retired the first eleven. The 'Cats were finally able to get something going against him in the sixth when Jean-Francois Garon led off with a double and then came in to score on Dustin Shirley's RBI single putting the 'Cats on the board. Doyle finished the game going seven innings, allowing one run off three hits, and ten strikeouts.

"He was hitting his locations really well," said Coach Armstrong. "He has got a great fastball. You got to tip your cap. We finally got to him when he got a little tired but he was doing a great job from the get go."

Josh Simpson came in on in relief to begin the bottom of the sixth for the 'Cats. He struck out the side in ten pitches and then came back out and pitched a scoreless seventh. Still trailing 3-1 with one out in the eighth, Nick Riotto and Dustin Shirley hit back to back singles against Swamp Bat reliever Ivon Clough. With two outs, Edward Haus hit his third double in four games scoring both runners to tie the game.

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