Bats Name Keene Native and Former Player New Manager
Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014 8:00 am
Keene’s Dan Moylan, the baseball coach at Keene High and a former Keene Swamp Bats player and coach, has been named the new manager of the Bats. The 34-year-old paraprofessional and special education teacher is the seventh manager in team history.
“It’s another great opportunity for me to stay in baseball and coach at a higher level,” said Moylan, who also has coached Keene State.
Kevin Winterrowd, who guided the Bats to their fourth NECBL title last summer, was unable to return as manager, Bats president Kevin Watterson said.Click Here to Read the Full Keene Sentinel Article.
Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014 8:00 am
By DAVID LANIER Sentinel Staff
The Keene Swamp Bats 2014 roster includes more returnees than any team in the program’s 17-year history, a 5-foot-5 dynamo from a college power and a player who can pitch with either hand.
Oh, yes, summer is coming, and the Bats are poised to make a solid run at another NECBL title.Click Here to Read the Article.
In a winner take all game, the Keene Swamp Bats defeated the Newport Gulls in a decisive Game Three of the NECBL Championship Series 7-1.
After both teams squandered bases loaded opportunities in the first inning, it was Keene who jumped out on top early.
With the bases again loaded in the top of the second, Hofstra’s Matt Ford roped a three RBI double off the center field wall to give Keene an early 3-0 lead.
Newport answered back though with their only run of the night in the bottom of the second on a Shea Donlin RBI single off of Paul Covelle.
Covelle, out of Franklin Pierce University, made the start for Keene, but only lasted 2.2 innings. The right-hander surrendered just one run on four hits and four walks, but with Game Three being the last day of the season, every pitcher had a short leash.
University of Virginia’s Nathan Kirby, usually a starter for Keene, came on in relief of Covelle and was fantastic. The southpaw went 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and three walks with three strikeouts. In fact, all of Keene’s relief pitched fantastic. The trio of Kirby, Matthew Clancy, and James Connell took care of the remaining 7.1 innings without surrendering another run. Keene kept taking on to their lead, first in the third inning. St John’s Zach Lauricella went deep to left center field for a solo shot to extend the Swamp Bat’s lead to 4-1.
In the top of the fourth, JP Sportman knocked in two more Keene runs with a 2 RBI single into right field. The final Keene run would come from Lauricella again, this time scoring Rutgers’ Brian O’Grady on a RBI single in the sixth inning.
The game would remain 7-1 for the remainder of the way. James Connell came on in the ninth to finish things off, and after allowing back to back one out singles, the right handed side winder out of Kennesaw State got a strikeout and a pop out to finish the game, and the NECBL season.
After the final out, the entire Keene dugout dog piled Connell next to the mound, as they wildly celebrated their NECBL championship victory.
The championship is the Swamp Bat’s fourth league title, and the second Fay Vincent Cup Keene have won in the last three years.
Well folks, its been a pleasure writing these recaps. The boys are all heading home tomorrow and will prepare for their collegiate seasons. The Swamp Bats, which will have many new faces but will also have some from this squad as well, will be back at it in June 2014, seeking a repeat championship. See you then.