Keene Swamp Bats vs. Mystic Schooners
Swamp Bats’ go quiet in 9-0 defeat to Mystic
By Ethan Winter
KEENE, N.H. – The Keene Swamp Bats fell to the Mystic Schooners Friday night, 9-0 at Alumni Field.
With the loss, the Swamp Bats fall to 15-18 on the year while the Schooners improve their record to 19-15 with the win.
The Schooners got to a fast start scoring three runs in the top of the first inning on a pair of home runs. Toby Handley (Stony Brook) led off the ball game with a solo home run to left field and then a two run shot by Nick Ruppert (Dartmouth) made it 3-0 Mystic.
Keene Swamp Bats vs. Newport Gulls
Sosebee shuts down Newport in 1-0 Swamp Bats victory
By Ethan Winter
KEENE, N.H. – David Sosebee (Georgia) was nearly un-hittable tonight as he led the Keene Swamp Bats to a 1-0 victory over the Newport Gulls in a brisk one hour and 45 minute game at Alumni Field.
Sosebee threw a complete game two-hit shutout to get his first win of his NECBL season. He needed just 81 pitches to complete the feet and struck out six along the way. He improves to 1-4 on the year.
“It’s good, got to love those quick games the defense played well behind me got me a run and it’s good to get this win and get back on track,” said Sosebee.
Bats Go Quiet, Keene Falls to Valley 5-1
The Keene Swamp Bats dropped a 5-1 decision to the Valley Blue Sox on Tuesday night at MacKenzie Stadium.
Keene drops to 14-17 on the year, while Valley improves to 11-22.
The Blue Sox jumped ahead early as Storm Wilson (Kentucky) delivered a two-run bloop single to open up a 2-0 lead in the home half of the second.
Jarred Mederos (St. John’s) delivered a sac fly to cut the lead in the half in the top of the third, scoring Taylor Perez (St. Leo) who singled to lead off the top of the third, but that was the closest the Swamp Bats would get.
Valley added a run in the bottom of the third on a sac fly by Bobby Stahel (USC) that plated Angelo La Bruna (USC) to make it 3-1.
Keene starter Alec Bettinger (Virginia) lasted five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits, walking three and striking out three. He was charged with the loss and is now 1-1 on the season.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - Ben Paulsen made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut last night for the Colorado Rockies. The 2007 Keene Swamp Bat went 2-for-4, with two singles, in Colorado’s 7-2 loss to the Washington Nationals.
Paulsen is the sixth NECBL graduate to make his Big League debut this season. He becomes the 46th to play in the Majors this year and the 105th to reach the Bigs.
Paulsen’s debut also marks the 10th straight year where at least a half-dozen NECBL graduates made their Major League debut.
A third round pick out of Clemson in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Paulsen was hitting .291 and slugging .524 for Triple-A Colorado Springs at the time of his call up. His slugging percentage was 10th-best in the Pacific Coast League. The 6-foot-4 Paulsen also had 24 doubles, six triples and 15 homers in 95 PCL games.
He was a PCL All-Star this season, an MiLB.com Organizational All-Star in 2013 and a Texas League All-Star in both 2011 and 2012.
Paulsen appeared in 18 games, all starts, for the 2007 Keene Swamp Bats. He hit .318 with two homers and 11 RBI. His average was second best on the team.
The NECBL congratulates Ben for this significant accomplishment. (Article Source NECBL)
July 21, 2014
Swamp Bats Approaching Halfway Mark of Alumni Field Campaign
Keene, NH - While the Swamp Bats have been busy on the field, off the field has been even busier as the Keene Swamp bats continue to raise funds for the Alumni Field campaign. The Swamp Bats have raised $18,725 of their $45,000 campaign goal. Most of the funds raised have been from individual donors, however $5,000 from the Putnam Foundation and another $5,000 from the NH Charitable foundation has helped the Swamp Bats get close to the halfway mark.
The money raised has already purchased the field tarp, a requirement of the NECBL, which will help alleviate rain cancellations. The next item is to upgrade the dated sound system at the field. When the total $45,000 is raised the warning track and infield service will also be able to be upgraded, and if funds allow repairs to the grandstand also need to be made.
“It has been amazing to see donations come in from supporters, past player and their families across the country to help us reach the campaign goal. We are truly grateful for all the support we have received,” Says Kevin Watterson, President of The Swamp Bats. “We are confident we will hit our goal and be able to make all the important upgrades needed at the field, not just for the Swamp Bats, but for all the baseball teams that utilize the field. We want Alumni Field to continue to be a source of pride in the community.”
The Keene Swamp Bats are a 501C3 Non-profit and part of the NECBL. For more information on how to make a contribution to the Alumni Field, please visit www.swampbats.com.