Summer baseball roundup: SteepleCats drop close decision to Vermont

NORTH ADAMS — The Vermont Mountaineers picked up a run in the eighth inning to squeak out a NECBL road victory over the North Adams SteepleCats Monday night, 3-2.

North Adams (2-4) starter Chris Cepeda took a strong outing into the eighth, but a lead-off single and pair of walks ultimately came back to bite the 'Cats. Vermont's Ronald Medina singled to open the frame before two walks and a pop-out loaded the bases. The SteepleCats made a change to reliever Stanley Vargas, but Jarficur Parker welcomed him to the game with a RBI single.

The story of Monday's game was more North Adams' offense, which produced 12 hits, but managed to push across just two runs. The hosts left 11 men on base, spoiling Cepeda's line of 7 1/3 innings, three earned runs on eight hits and two walks. He struck out five.

Tyler Arella earned the win, pitching three shutout innings of relief for Vermont (2-3).

Matt Koperniak had two hits for the SteepleCats, as did Chad Minato, James Ciliento, Jackson Coutts and Chad McDaniel. Evan Delaney doubled in his second run of the season.

For the Mountaineers, Jarficur Parker had two hits and two RBI.

North Adams is home again this evening at 6:30 p.m. against the Valley Blue Sox.

Futures League

Pittsfield 10, Bristol 3

BRISTOL, Conn. — The Suns bats awoke Monday down in Connecticut, running up 12 hits and 10 runs to blow out the Bristol Blues, 10-3.

Pittsfield (3-9) also benefited from five Bristol errors and a dynamite relief appearance by Joey Rogers. The UMass-Boston junior bounced back from a rocky start to summer with four shutout innings, striking out four and walking none. He was credited with a save, as when he relieved starter Brian Johnson after five innings, Pittsfield led just 6-3. The Suns tacked on three runs in the eighth to put the game out of Bristol's (8-3) reach.

No. 1 and 2 hitters Alex White and Taylor Meilleur set the table with three hits each, reaching base eight times combined. White doubled, stole two bases and scored four runs. Dylan Faircloth drove in three, giving him nine RBI on the year. Nolan Cloutier had two hits as well. Drew DeMartino got the start at second base, but finished 0 for 4 and walked twice. Chad Shade started in center field and was also 0 for 4.

The Suns return home tonight for a 6:30 p.m. game against the North Shore Navigators.


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