The Keene Swamp Bats remained one game ahead of North Adams for the fourth and final playoff spot with a 7-5 victory over the Ocean State Waves on Thursday night.
Keene is now 19-21 on the season, while Ocean State drops their second straight and is now 22-18.
The game was a continuation of the one that was originally started on July 23 before the rain came and it was suspended with the score tied at one in the top of the second inning.
Alex Liquori (Kennesaw State) singled to start things off in the bottom of the seventh, with the scored tied at five. Liquori stole second, went to third on a throwing error by Waves catcher Buck McCarthy (Bryant) and scored on a go-ahead RBI double delivered by Brady Sheetz (Hartford).
Evan Ocello (Holy Cross) gave Ocean State an early 1-0 lead with a one out solo blast in the top of the first.
Keene would tie things right back up in the bottom of the first as Robbie Coman (Virginia) grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Ryan Summers (Louisville).
Ocello scored the run that would give the Waves a 2-1 lead in the third as he scored from first on an RBI double by Ryan Blanton (Georgia State).
The Swamp Bats opened up a 4-2 lead with three runs in the bottom of the third as Liquori delivered an RBI single with runners at the corners and one out to tie the game. Sheetz gave Keene the lead with an RBI single to bring home Coman. The next batter Darick Hall (Cochise) plated Liquori with a sac fly to center.
The lead wouldn’t last long for Keene however as McCarthy belted a three-run shot to left to give Ocean State a 5-4 lead.
In a back-and-forth affair, the Swamp Bats tied it up in the home half of the fourth with an RBI single by Coman that brought home Connor Fitzsimons (Central Conn State).
Keene added an insurance run in the eighth as Ryan Summes singled to lead off, stole second and scored on an RBI single from Jarred Mederos (St. John’s).
Hall was also the winning pitcher in the game for Keene, working two scoreless innings and allowing one hit with a walk and a strikeout. He is now 2-1 on the year.
Jeffrey Paglione (Monmouth) took the loss for the Waves, allowing a run on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work.
The Swamp Bats will close out the home portion of the 2014 regular season on Friday night as they host the Laconia Muskrats at 6:30 p.m. at Alumni Field.
Swamp Bats beat North Adams 7-6 in conclusion of suspended game
By Ethan Winter
KEENE, N.H. – A solo home run by Brady Sheetz (Hartford) in the bottom of the eighth inning off of Jim Voyles (Florida State) gave the Keene Swamp Bats a 7-6 victory over the North Adams SteepleCats in the conclusion of Monday’s suspended game.
It was the second home run of the game for Sheetz.
A five run bottom of the seventh inning tied the game up at six for Keene on Monday before the game was called. The Swamp Bats sent 10 men to the plate in the inning.
North Adams struck first in the first inning when Zach Lucas (Louisville) scored on a passed ball by Coman. They added another run in the second inning when Richardson scored on a wild pitch all the way from second to give the SteepleCats a 2-0 lead.
Richardson was at it again as he lead-off the fourth inning with a solo home run to increase the SteepleCats lead to 3-0. In the top half of the fifth inning Brad Anderson (Pepperdine) reached on an error by shortstop Jarred Mederos (St. John’s) allowing JC Cardenas (Barry) to score the fourth North Adams run of the day.
The Swamp Bats finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning when Zach Lauricella reached on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded allowing Brady Sheetz (Hartford) to score Keene’s first run of the ballgame. The Swamp Bats were unable to score any more runs in the sixth inning despite having the bases loaded and nobody out.
North Adams came right back however in the top of the seventh grabbing two more runs on an Anthony Papio (Maryland) two-run home run extended the SteepleCats lead to 6-1.
The Swamp Bats host the Ocean State Waves later tonight with first pitch at 6:30. It will resume the game with the Waves from July 23. Admission to the game is free for all fans.
The Keene Swamp Bats dropped a tough one at the hands of the Vermont Mountaineers, 7-6 on Wednesday night at Recreation Field in Montpelier.
Keene is now 17-21 on the year, while the Mountaineers improve to 26-13.
With things tied at six apiece in the bottom half of the sixth, Nick Solak (Louisville) ripped a lead off triple to dead center. Solak would score one batter later as his college teammate Blake Tiberi (Louisville) grounded out to short and allowed Solak to score. The run would eventually prove to be the difference in the game.
Vermont took an early lead in the bottom half of the first as Colin Lyman (Louisville) blooped a double down the left field line, moved on third on a bunt by Solak and scored on an RBI single by Tiberi.
The Mountaineers led 2-0 after three innings as Mike Krische (Canisius) followed an Ian Sagdal (Washington State) double with an RBI infield single.
Keene took their first lead of the game in the top of the fourth, plating three runs with two outs. Robbie Coman (Virginia) continued his hot stretch at the plate and doubled to right with two outs, Brady Sheetz (Hartford) brought home Coman with an RBI single and Sheetz scored on a two-run blast by Stephen Smith (Texas Tech), his second home run in as many games.
The Mountaineers tied things up at three apiece in the bottom of the fourth as Trey West (Le Moyne) singled, moved to second on a single by Lyman, stole third and scored on a passed ball charged to Coman.
As was the case in this back-and-forth affair, the Swamp Bats promptly plated three more runs in the top of the fifth to open a 6-3 lead.
Taylor Perez (St. Leo) reached on an error to start the inning, stole second and scored on an RBI double by Zach Lauricella (St. John’s). Coman plated Lauricella with an RBI single. Jarred Mederos (St. John’s) who also singled in the inning, scampered home on a passed ball charged to West.
Vermont tied things up once again with three in the home half of the fifth as Sagdal led off with a triple and scored two batters later on an RBI groundout by Jack Parenty (Stony Brook). Brett Charbonneau (Le Moyne) brought home Krische with an RBI single and the Mountaineers executed a double steal to perfection as Charbonneau swiped home with two outs to tie the game at six and West slid safely into second.
Keene did not have a hit over the final four innings of the contest as Dalton Goss (Alabama-Huntsville), who got the win to go to 1-1 on the year and Adam Picard (UMass) combined for 3.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Sam Triece (Washington State) was charged with the loss for the Swamp Bats, allowing one run on five hits and striking out two in 2.1 innings of relief. Triece is now 0-2.
The Swamp Bats will resume a pair of suspended games tomorrow at Alumni Field. At 2:00 p.m., Keene and North Adams continue their game in the bottom of the seventh inning tied at six with a runner at second for the Swamp Bats and a 2-0 count with two outs. Ocean State comes to town at 6:30 to resume a game from July 23, tied at one apiece at the start of the top of the second inning.
The Keene Swamp Bats split a doubleheader with the Laconia Muskrats on Tuesday night, dropping game one by a score of 6-4 before bouncing back with a 7-6 victory in the nightcap.
Keene now sits at 17-20 on the season, while Laconia is 17-19.
In game one, the Muskrats took an early 1-0 lead on as Jacob Henson (St. Louis) plated Nick Masonia (Troy) with an RBI double.
Keene scored three in the top half of the third courtesy of two home runs in the frame. Zach Lauricella (St. John’s) hit a solo shot and Robbie Coman (Virginia) had a two-run blast for the Swamp Bats.
Laconia took the lead back in the home half of the fourth as Joey Bielek (Arizona State) led off with a single, scored on a passed ball. Henson came around to score to tie the game as Vinny Zarrillo (Rutgers) laid down a bunt and reached on an error by Swamp Bat reliever Matt Clancy (St. John’s). Braxton Martinez (St. Louis) drove in the final run of the inning with an RBI groundout to give the Muskrats a 4-3 lead.
Aubrey McCarty (Vanderbilt) tied the game at four with his first home run of the season for Keene with two outs in the top of the sixth.
However, it wouldn’t last long as Zarrillo came to the plate with a man at first and one out in the bottom of the frame and crushed a two-run shot to right field that proved to be the difference in the game.
Clancy (2-1) was charged with the loss for the Swamp Bats, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits, walking two and striking out two in two innings of work.
Mariano Rivera Jr. (Iona) earned the win for Laconia with 2.2 innings of relief, giving up one run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout.
In game two, the Swamp Bats jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after three innings.
In the top of the second, Stephen Smith (Texas Tech) blasted a solo shot and Alex Liquori (Kennesaw State) drove in Aubrey McCarty (Vanderbilt) with an RBI double to open up a 2-0 lead.
Three more runs would come across in the third as Jarred Mederos (St. John’s) drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a balk and came home with an RBI single from Bret Dennis (St. John’s). Dennis later scored on a two-run double from Smith that opened up a 5-0 advantage.
The lead would expand to 7-0 Keene in the fourth as Liqouri and Mederos both singled and came around to score on a two-run double by Robbie Coman (Virginia).
Laconia wouldn’t go down without a fight, however, as they put up a five spot in the fifth including a grand slam from Ben Miller (Nebraska) on the first pitch that Swamp Bats reliever Darrick Hall (Cochise) threw in the game.
The Muskrats made things interesting in the seventh as the first two runners reached against Ben Criscuolo (Southern NH). Two batters later, Miller drove in his fifth run of the night with an RBI single to score Byrne and make it a 7-6 game.
With two on and two outs, Masonia grounded out to third to end the game.
Keene will be back in action tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. as they travel to Montpelier to take on the Vermont Mountaineers at Recreation Field.
Last Night's game vs North Adams had to be postponed in the bottom of the 7th inning due to inclement weather. Therefore the game will be resumed on Thursday, 7/31, at 2 pm. We will pick the game up at the point of Suspension.
There will be a 6:30 game vs. Ocean State following this Suspended Game.
Both these games will be free to all fans on Thursday July 31 since it is Fan Appreciation day at Alumni Field!!