North Adams’ Cardenas scores winning run for North in NECBL All-Star Game


HOLYOKE -- North Adams SteepleCat J.C. Cardenas scored the game-winning run on a ninth-inning single by Jared Mederos as the Northern Division All-Stars scored a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Southern Division in Sunday’s NECBL All-Star Game.

Mederos was voted the game’s most valuable player. Trevor Scott of the SteepleCats had a scoreless fourth inning on the mound.

The Southern Division had taken a 3-2 lead with three runs in the sixth inning. Three North relievers -- Jared Gessel of Vermont, Cam Hatch of Sanford and Benjamin Criscuolo of Keene -- shut the South down over the final three innings. That set up the ninth-inning rally at McKenzie Field.

Plymouth’s Vincenzo Aiello, the ninth South pitcher, took the mound in the home ninth inning. Angelo LaBruno of the host Valley Blue Sox reached on an error and moved to second on a ground out. Cardenas doubled to right on a 3-2 pitch, plating Bruno to tie the score.

After Drake Parker of Sanford walked, the North successfully completed a double steal. Then, with runners on second and third, the designated hitter from Keene singled to right and Cardenas came home with the winning run.

The North All-Stars got the lead first when Laconia’s Vinny Zarillo hit a leadoff single in the first inning, moved to second on a ground out and took third on a throwing error. He scored a sacrifice fly by Vermont’s Trey Amburgey.

The North loaded the bases in the fourth inning and got a run out of it as Keene’s Zach Lauricella grounded into a double play.

Vermont reliever Christian Lavoie, the fifth North pitcher, was touched up for three runs on three hits in the top of the sixth. With two outs, Ocean State’s Ryan Blanton hit an RBI double and his Waves teammate Drew Ferguson followed with a two-run single.

Saturday’s games: Dirt Dawgs 10, Suns 3

PITTSFIELD -- The Suns were rocked for eight runs in the fifth inning and could not recover.

The Dirt Dawgs sent 11 batters to the plate in the fifth inning, scoring eight runs on only three hits. Evan Brown started it off by walking on four pitches and closed it out with a grand slam off reliever Blake Drew to end the inning.

Pittsfield’s B.J. Bocchiccio hit his first Futures League home run, a solo shot, in the eighth inning. Bocchiccio went 3 for 5 and raised his batting average to .298.

The Suns remained in first in the Western Division as Worcester also lost.

Perry Kulaga (3-4), the first of three Pittsfield pitchers, took the loss.

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The visiting SteepleCats outscored Vermont 4-1 over the final two innings, but could not catch the Mountaineers.

The SteepleCats scored three runs on one hit in the top of the eighth inning. In the home eighth, Jack Parenty’s sacrifice fly gave Vermont a 5-3 lead.

North Adams loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the ninth and J.C. Cardenas scored afte Kyle Richardson was hit by a Cameron Sorgie pitch. But Sorgie struck out Ramon Valdez to end the game.

Dylan Silva (0-2) took the loss for North Adams.


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