NORTH ADAMS -- Trevor Scott wasn't going to be on the mound at the end of the game for the North Adams SteepleCats on Friday night, and he knew it.
Still, he kept the Keene Swamp Bats quiet long enough to let the ‘Cats get the only run they needed.
Scott threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings, and Ramon Valdez's leadoff double in the eighth set the stage for Vladimir Gomez's RBI single in North Adams' 1-0 win at Joe Wolfe Field.
With the win, North Adams (8-7) is now 1 1/2 games behind NECBL North-leading Vermont.
Scott, a left-hander from UC-San Diego, scattered five hits in his 98-pitch outing, striking out five and walking two. He left after surrendering a one-out walk to Stephen Smith in the eighth.
"I knew I was on a pitch count," he said. "They're not letting us go over 100 this summer.
"My change-up was working for me. My fastball command was bad early, but I was able to keep pitching effectively. In the third and fourth innings, it started to come around for me."
Jonah Philley finished off the game for North Adams, getting out of the eighth on five pitches and getting himself out of a two-on, two-out jam in the ninth by striking out Patrick McGrath with runners in scoring position to end the game.
Philley was put in a position to win in the bottom of the eighth. Keene pitcher David Sosebee had allowed just three SteepleCat hits through seven innings, but Valdez worked the count full to start the eighth and hit a screaming double down the right-field line.
That ended Sosebee's outing and got the North Adams dugout going. Todd Juliano reached on a bunt fielder's choice -- with reliever Matthew Clancy's throw to third not in time to get pinch runner Shaefer Shepard -- and Gomez took a 1-0 outside pitch to the right side of the infield. It got through, and Shepard scored for the SteepleCats' only run.
"I was looking for a good pitch ... maybe up in the zone, to get it up and get a sac fly," Gomez said. "He threw me a pitch outside and I was able to do something with it, take it the other way."
SteepleCats manager Chris Cates said Valdez's double was the hit his players had been waiting for.
"They don't get really rolling until we get a guy on base," he said. "To have Ramon have a great at-bat like that, lay off some tough pitches that were close and get a hit like that, that fired up the team."
Sosebee struck out six SteepleCats in the loss, giving up just four hits and walking one. He stranded four runners on base, two in scoring position.
Scott's outing marked North Adams' second strong start in as many games. Shepard allowed just an unearned run in six innings as the SteepleCats won 7-1 at Newport on Wednesday night. Scott is also no stranger to pitching well against the Swamp Bats -- last Saturday, he allowed just a run on a hit in 6 2/3 innings, taking a no-decision in Keene's 4-2, 12-inning win.
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