'Cats maintain West lead
NORTH ADAMS -- The North Adams SteepleCats pounded four Keene pitchers for 16 hits and Ryland Parker pitched six-hit baseball over seven innings in a 11-2 thrashing of the Swamp Bats Monday at Joe Wolfe Field. The win maintained the SteepleCats' lead in the NECBL's Western Division.
Parker (2-0), a right-hander from Louisiana-Lafayette, gave up a pair of runs in the first inning and then shut the Bats down completely. He surrendered only four hits over the final six innings and walked just one in his effort. He struck out five Keene batters, and lowered his earned-run average to a stellar 1.42.
Kevin Scanlan (1-3), the first of four Keene pitchers, gave up three runs on eight hits in four innings and took the loss.
The Swamp Bats took the lead on a first-inning RBI double by Ben Klafczynski and a base hit by Paul Karmas.
North Adams had chances to tie the game in the second and third innings, stranding two runners on base in each frame. The SteepleCats finally got to Scanlan for three runs in the third inning.
Matt Petty led off with a single and stole second. Two outs later he came home on a single by Tom Coulombe. Coulombe stole second, scored on Garrett Gray's single -- and Gray scored on Devin Shines' double.
The SteepleCats broke the game open with seven runs on five hits and two errors in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Gray, a catcher from Wright State, had a big day at the plate. He was 2 for 5 with two runs batted in. Petty, the designated hitter from Barry, was 3 for 4, while Cameron Kneeland, Kyle Saul, and Shines all had two hits each.
Randall Bulliard, Tyler DeLoach and Harrison Slutsky combined to pitch the final two scoreless innings for the SteepleCats.
Bay State Games
WALTHAM -- The West baseball team has taken a 2-0 lead in the competition.
The West, coached by Amherst College assistant Bryan Adamski and featuring Mount Greylock's Mike Geannelis, beat the Southeast 11-0 and Northeast 7-6.
Geannelis had an RBI double and two walks in the win over Southeast.
In the win over Northeast, Geannelis pitched three innings of shutout relief to give the West team the win.
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