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SteepleCats Fall But Remain Tied for First

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

The North Adams SteepleCats fell 7-3 to the Mystic Schooners Wednesday night on the first game of their five game road trip. The loss dropped the SteepleCats to 13-10 on the season and kept them in a first place tie in the Northern Division.

"They were just better than us tonight," said Assistant Coach Ethan Newton. "We did not do anything horribly bad. We played ok. They were just a little better."

With the score tied at one in the bottom of the fifth, Nick Mascelli led off with a single for the Schooners. Chase Lunceford followed with a walk. Richard Slenker then followed with a double scoring Mascelli. Aaron Hill singled, scoring a pair of runners and then Martin Figuroa doubled him in giving the Schooners a commanding 5-1 lead.

The big start to the inning ended the night for Ben Olson who went four plus innings in his start for the SteepleCats. He allowed five runs off of ten hits. After giving up a leadoff home run to Toby Handley and then a pair of singles by Mascelli and Lunceford to start the bottom of the first, he got out of that jam and pitched well through the fourth.

"Defensively, we made him throw a few extra outs early in the game that did not necessarily result in any runs," said Coach Newton. "But as the pitch count starts to add up, the pitcher can be put in some difficult situations but overall he did fine. He just had the one inning where they got to him a little bit."

The 'Cats were able to show some life in the sixth when Daniel Holst led off with a walk. Edward Haus doubled him home to make the score 5-2. Haus then came around to score the second run of the inning on a single by C.J. Price to cut the lead to 5-3. It was as close as the SteepleCats would get.

"Tonight we did not play well but the fight was still there," said Coach Newton. "That is always encouraging to see."

The 'Cats are looking to bounce back in the second game of their road trip Thursday night against the Keene Swamp Bats, with whom the 'Cats are tied for first. The 'Cats will then travel to take on the Upper Valley Nighthawks Friday night.

"We have two more challenges of going on the road the next two days," said Coach Newton. "We will see what our team is made of in terms of being able to play competitive games on the road."

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