NECBL: SteepleCats beat Mystic, 9-4
MYSTIC, Conn. -- The North Adams SteepleCats went to Connecticut having won only two of their last 10 games. If the SteepleCats go on a winning streak, they could look to Sunday's game as the catalyst.
Held scoreless for seven innings, North Adams erupted for six runs on four hits in the top of the eighth and went on to beat Eastern Division-leading Mystic 9-4. It's North Adams' second consecutive win.
The SteepleCats scored all six of their runs with two outs in the eighth inning.
Mystic's Zach Albin held North Adams scoreless on five hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out six and threw 62 strikes in 89 pitches.
A.J. Turnier took the mound to start the seventh and with one out, North Adams' Daniel Bick reached on an error and Jose Cuas walked. Turnier got Cody Doyle on a fly ball to center and was one pitch away from ending the inning when Bryan Solomon and Julian Lorat de Mola hit consecutive RBI singles, making it 2-0.
Alex Gouin came in to pitch and the SteepleCats erupted. Kevin Martir hit a two-run double and Dominic Severino followed with a two-run home run, his first of the season.
In the eighth, Solomon, who was 2 for 4, put North Adams' final three runs on the board with his first NECBL home run of Mystic's Tucker Panciera. Solomon scored two runs and drove in four.
Kyle Driscoll, who gave up two runs on two hits in the eighth, walked Brandon Cipolla and Billy Zoiga to open the ninth. That forced SteepleCats manager Bryan Adamski to go to Joeanthony Rivera to finish the game.
The left-handed reliever got Matt O'Herrin on a grounder to Cuas at short and then struck out Garrett Kennedy and Byron Campbell to end the game.
Stephen Frye from Monmouth, the third of five SteepleCats pitchers, got credit for the win. He tossed a perfect seventh inning, striking out one batter.
Casey Brown pitched the first five innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits. The left-hander from Central Connecticut struck out five and walked five.
Martir went 3 for 5 with two RBI for the SteepleCats, who had four batters with multiple-hit games.
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