North Adams SteepleCats improve to 2-0

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NORTH ADAMS —Two games might not be a very big sample size. If the next 42 games are like the first two, the North Adams SteepleCats have some pretty good starting pitching.

Gordon Graceffo gave up one run on four hits over six innings, and was backed up by a nine-hit effort as the SteepleCats improved to 2-0 with a 7-3 win over Winnipesaukee Friday night at Joe Wolfe Field. The game was played before 413 fans.

Graceffo, a right-hander from Villanova, gave up one run in the third inning on three hits. Sam Cochrane drove in the run with a single. Otherwise, Graceffo was virtually untouchable. He only walked one and retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced. The only batter who reached was Cochrane, who singled to lead off the sixth.

The SteepleCats took the lead for keeps in the bottom of the third. The inning started when J.J. Souza worked a leadoff walk and the exclamation point came when Sam Punzi ripped a two-run single, plating Joe Porricelli and Tanner Thomas.

Punzi, who was 2 for 4 with four runs batted in during Wednesday's rain-shortened win on Opening Night, came back on Friday and again went 2 for 4. He scored a run and drove in two more.

Noah Inch, the second North Adams pitcher, gave up two hits and a walk, loading the bases with one out. Jacob Abbott came in to pitch out of the jam, and he struck out Michael DeMartino and Cochrane to end the threat and the inning. Abbott went 1 2/3 innings, giving up one hit and striking out four.

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Paul Komistek also was 2 for 4, while Brian Picone was 1 for 4 with two RBI.

American International College pitcher Joe Kemlage, one of the returning veterans, will get the start for North Adams Saturday night in Keene against the Swamp Bats.

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Winnipesaukee     001     000     002     —     3     9     2

North Adams     103     100     20x     —     7     9     1

Martin (3), Torbert (3), Pearson (1), Levesque (1) and Beaudet (6), DeMartino (2). Graceffo (6), Inch (1/3), Abbott (1 2/3), Corvo 91) and Hurwitz. W — Graceffo (1-0). L — Martin (0-1). 2B — NA: Loeffler. 3B — NA: Komistek. T — 2:43. A — 413.

North Adams     103     100     20x     —     7     9     1

Martin (3), Torbert (3), Pearson (1), Levesque (1) and Beaudet (6), DeMartino (2). Graceffo (6), Inch (1/3), Abbott (1 2/3), Corvo 91) and Hurwitz. W — Graceffo (1-0). L — Martin (0-1). 2B — NA: Loeffler. 3B — NA: Komistek. T — 2:43. A — 413.

Martin (3), Torbert (3), Pearson (1), Levesque (1) and Beaudet (6), DeMartino (2). Graceffo (6), Inch (1/3), Abbott (1 2/3), Corvo 91) and Hurwitz. W — Graceffo (1-0). L — Martin (0-1). 2B — NA: Loeffler. 3B — NA: Komistek. T — 2:43. A — 413.


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