Forced to extras again, SteepleCats fall to Mainers 2-1
SANFORD, Maine -- For the third time in as many days, the North Adams SteepleCats went to extra innings. For the second time in those three days, the SteepleCats came up on the short end of the score.
A wild pitch by North Adams reliever Jonah Philley scored Cory Raley from third as the SteepleCats fell to the Sanford Mainers 2-1.
Sanford starter Nate Poore took a no-hitter and a shutout into the eighth inning and lost them both as the SteepleCats tied the score on Edgar Michelangeli's base hit. It was the second hit of the inning, as Luke Maglich hit a one-out single to end Poore's no-hit bid, stole second and scored on Michelangeli's base hit off reliever Jonathan Chudy.
The SteepleCats got a runner on base in the 10th inning when Anthony Papio came back from an 0-2 count to work a walk. Kyle Richardson's sacrifice bunt moved Papio to second, but Maglich and pinch-hitter Todd Juliano could not bring the runner home.
Philley pitched two shutout innings of relief, but ran into problems in the bottom of the 10th. Raley ripped a 1-2 pitch to center and ended up on third with a triple. Philley walked Sam Balzano and then issued an intentional pass to Sam Dexter, loading the bases. On the third pitch to Steve Berman, the ball got behind catcher Michael Hernandez and Raley came home on the wild pitch.
North Adams starter T.J. Hunt had a second quality start. The right-hander from Monmouth gave up an unearned run on three hits in six innings. He did not walk anyone and struck out three.
Poore, who pitches for Boston College, was making his first start of the summer. In 7 1/3 innings, he held the SteepleCats to one hit and one walk, while striking out eight.
N. Adams 000 000 010 0 -- 1 2 3
Sanford 000 010 000 1 -- 2 4 0
No outs when winning run scored.
Hunt (6), Philley (3) and Valdez (9), Hernandez (1). Poore (7 1/3), Chudy (2/3), Hatch (2) and Stypulkowski. W--Hatch. L--Philley. 3B--S 1 (Raley).
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