Swamp Bats Offensive Outburst Stuns Mainers
SANFORD - The Keene Swamp Bats showcased their big bats to Goodall Park and silenced a capacity crowd, pouring on runs early and often to win 14-4.
Before they got started, however, the Mainers opened the scoring in the very first inning. Erik Stock (Virginia Beach, Va./UConn) got the host's day started at the plate by lining a single to left-center field and advanced 90 feet on a groundout. Shane Marshall (Webster, N.Y./Binghamton) squared up an 0-2 fastball, drilling it down the left-field line to put the Moose ahead 1-0.
The early momentum soon left the yard as the Swamp Bats offense caught fire. They loaded the bases without putting a ball in play, drawing two walks and getting hit by a pitch. Kevin Welsh utilized his keen eye to draw the score level on a full-count free pass. Will Wagner cleared the bases on a double off the right-center field wall for his college teammate, Logan Mathieu, to bring him home with a single. In a matter of moments, Keene found themselves in front 5-1.
The Swamp Bats offense went dormant the arrival of Pat Petteruti (East Greenwich, R.I./Brown) to the rubber in the third inning. He began his appearance in dominant fashion, retiring six of the first seven batters he faced on the way to recording two scoreless frames.
Though it looked like the powerful pitching would slow the Swamp Bats down, their bats reignited in the fifth. The first four hitters all reached base, three of them scoring, on four hits, punctuated by a Kyle Ball home run. They looked primed to hit double-digit runs when they loaded the bases, but Nick Laster (Atlanta, Ga./Eastern Kentucky) came to the rescue. He punched out Wagner with a filthy slider to quash the threat.
The Mainers capitalized on the clutch pitching by riding the high to a run. Jack Van Remortel (Carmel, Ind./Michigan) drew a base on balls and Stock singled once more to get things started to set up a Nick Howie (Oakville, Ontario, Canada/Eastern Kentucky) RBI knock.
However, having left a chance at further damage on the basepaths, the Swamp Bats avenged their missed opportunity in their next turn at-bat. They broke out for another four tallies with their plate discipline, registering three walks and two hits to extend their advantage to 12-2.
The Moose would not accept being down by ten, and their lineup made sure they only had a single-digit hill to climb in the seventh. Stock and Drew DeMartino (Pittsfield, Mass./Hartford) both walked while Marshall was awarded first base via catcher's interference. Swamp Bats reliever Johnathan Edwards fired a heater to the backstop which plated Stock, and Connor Tate (Bishop, Ga./Georgia) grounded out for DeMartino to double his team's output.
Unfortunately, Keene was desperate to maintain a ten-run edge, and they matched the Mainer pair in the top of the eighth. Five consecutive base hits increased their total to 14, deflating the home crowd and placing the finishing touches on a dominant win.
The Mainers look to put the loss behind them tomorrow as they journey to Laconia for their final matchup with the Winnipesaukee Muskrats. Coverage begins at 6:05 PM on the NECBL Broadcast Network and 104.3 FM/1220 AM "The Legends" back in Sanford. Until then, stay in tune with all things Moose by visiting sanfordmainers.com and following the team on all their social media platforms.
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