Berkshire Eagle Staff
KEENE, N.H. -- The North Adams SteepleCats spotted the Keene Swamp Bats two first-inning runs on Wednesday night. Over the final eight frames, the SteepleCats did just enough to hand the Swamp Bats a loss.
North Adams outscored Keene 6-3 over the final eight innings to secure a 6-5 win.
SteepleCats relief pitcher Jonathan Mulford threw four shutout innings in relief of starter Shaefer Shepard to get the win. He was the second of four SteepleCats pitchers.
North Adams tied the game at 2 with a pair of runs on three hits in the top of the third inning, but the Swamp Bats took the lead back when Ryan Summers homered to lead off the bottom of the third.
Darick Hall, the second Keene pitcher, gave up a leadoff home run to Todd Juliano in the sixth. Run-scoring singles by Ramon Valdez and Luke Maglich gave the SteepleCats a 5-3 lead. The SteepleCats tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh.
Mulford came out to start the eighth and the Swamp Bats came out quickly against Coley Bruns. Bruns hit Taylor Perez with the first pitch of the inning. Perez went to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Aubrey McCarty’s single. After Keene’s Bret Dennis made it 6-5 with an RBI single, North Adams manager Chris Cates called for Cristian Torres, who struck out Summers, walked Zach Lauricella and struck out pinch hitter Brady Sheetz to end the inning.
In the Keene ninth, Torres walked Connor Simonetti and Perez and struck out Connor Fitzsimmons before getting Simonetti on a force play at third. But Torres retired the side without a run scoring to pick up his first save.