HARTFORD, VT. >> Kyle Brennan hit his first NECBL home run, three North Adams pitchers held host Upper Valley to one run, and Tanner Bird picked up his second save as the SteepleCats beat the Nighthawks 3-1.
It's the SteepleCats' fourth win in the last five games.
Left-hander Ben Olson had his second good outing in as many starts. The pitcher from Bradley gave up a run on six hits in six innings. He did not walk anyone and struck out one. Of his 81 pitches, 50 were for strikes.
Ryan Tapp, a 6-foot-8 righty, threw two innings of shutout relief while Adams native Bird faced four batters and threw 16 pitches to get the save.
North Adams got all the runs it needed in the fourth inning. LaSalle's Luke Reilly gave up a leadoff single to the SteepleCats Dustin Shirley. One out later, Brennan — from the University at Buffalo — hit an 0-1 pitch out for a 2-1 lead. Ben Bengston from the University of Hartford gave the SteepleCats an insurance run with a two-out RBI single that plated Penn State's Nick Riotto.
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BROCKTON >> Jamin McCann and Gage Feeney did their jobs on the mound for Pittsfield on Friday night. Unfortunately for the Suns, James Muse and three Brockton relievers did their jobs better.
Muse gave up a run on two hits in four innings, while the Brockton bullpen pitched five shutout innings to lock up the win.
Dan Rajowski from UConn, who had yet to give up a run this season, pitched three innings of scoreless and hitless relief to get his first win. Josh Smith closed the game out with a shutout ninth to get the save.
McCann gave up four runs, three earned on nine hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out seven. Feeney pitched two shutout innings of relief.
The Suns got on the board first, scoring a run in the second inning. Muse gave up a single to Colin Gimblet a walk to Brian Moskey and then hit Chris Cimmino after one was out. Devin McGrath drove in Gimblet on a ground out, but the Suns only scored the one run.
Brockton tied the game in the home second inning and took the lead for keeps on Chris Smartt's RBI single in the third. The Rox added two more runs in the fourth.
Eric Hamilton's season-long hitting streak ended at 12, as he went 0 for 4. The middle of the Suns order went a combined 1-for-8.
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In the North County championship, Williamstown Police defeated Carbone Auto Sales 13-12. In the South County championship, Fox Homes beat South Berkshire 13-10.
The county championship will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Williamstown at Bud Anderson Field.