In NECBL tripleheader, North Adams SteepleCats go 1-2

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KEENE, N.H. — Playing in the rare tripleheader against Keene, the North Adams SteepleCats dropped two of three games to the Swamp Bats on Tuesday.

The first game was a continuation of Saturday's contest that began with Keene leading by two runs in the top of the fourth. Joe Porricelli scored on Matt Koperniak's ground out in the fifth, but that was all the offense the 'Cats could muster, falling 3-1 to the Swamp Bats.

Game 2

The SteepleCats' bats struggled to get going in Game 2 as well. Keene starter Colby Dunlop went the distance, allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out six, leading the host to a 5-2 win.

Keene jumped out to a 3-0 lead after four innings. Porricelli's RBI single plated Chad Minato for North Adams' first run of the game. Jackson Coutts' sacrifice fly scored Alex Rodriguez in the seventh, before Dunlop got Jacob Jablonski to line out to first for the final out.

Game 3

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After two light-hitting games, the SteepleCats' bats caught fire in game number three. The 'Cats pounded out 11 hits for a 12-9 win.

Trailing 5-1 after three, North Adams started mounting a comeback. James Ciliento started the rally with a single. Cris Ruiz drew a walk, and Ciliento stole third base. With one out, Jablonski's free pass loaded the bases for Coutts. Coutts' single scored Ciliento. Porricelli's fielder's choice allowed Ruiz to score and an error brought home Coutts, cutting the 'Cats deficit to one.

Keene added a run in the bottom half of the inning before North Adams took the lead for good in the fifth.

Koperniak reached base via error to lead off the inning. Ciliento drew a walk, and Ruiz's single brought Koperniak home. Tyler Serricchio followed with a RBI single, and Jablonski loaded the bases with a single. An error allowed two runners to score, putting North Adams up 8-6. Jefferey Brown added a RBI single.

Ciliento belted a solo home run in the sixth. Two Keene errors led to two more SteepleCats runs in the seventh.

Brown led the way going 3 for 4 with a RBI. Serricchio had two hits and two RBI. Ciliento had two hits and four runs scored.


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