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SteepleCats Drop Another At Home
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
12:05AM / Monday, June 18, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —It seems to be a retelling of the same story for the SteepleCats at Joe Wolfe Field.

After getting two big wins on the road, the North Adams SteepleCats returned home Sunday for a faceoff against the Vermont Mountaineers where the away team pulled away after garnered an early lead to get the victory over the SteepleCats 9-3.

The loss brings the home record for the SteepleCats to 1-5, as the team has struggled offensively and on the mound when the donning their white jerseys.

Cam Kovachik made the start for the SteepleCats, allowing Vermont to jump out to an early 3-0 in the 1st. Yet after that inning, Cam seemed to have the Mountaineers under control, keeping them

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Coutts And Ortiz Lift SteepleCats Over Swamp Bats
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
12:21AM / Sunday, June 17, 2018
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KEENE, New Hampshire. — What started as an early pitching duel Saturday night quickly turned into another pull away victory for the SteepleCats.

 

A day after their big 14-8 win in Sanford, the SteepleCats rolled into Keene, NH and got another road win as they defeated the Keene Swamp Bats 7-2.

 

Most of the North Adams runs were driven in by DH Jackson Coutts and first baseman Tony Ortiz. Coutts continued his great start to the season Saturday, going two-for-five and driving in the first two runs for the SteepleCats. The Rhode Island sophomore currently leads the NECBL with a .500 batting average and ranks second in hits only behind his teammate Jeffery Brown. If he

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Baseball Exhibit Brings Cultural, Historical Threads Together
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:09AM / Saturday, June 16, 2018
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Larry Moore of Baseball in the Berkshires, left, and John DeRosa with a display of old Drury High baseball uniforms.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new exhibit on Main Street this summer threads the legacy of the national pastime with the long history it has in Berkshire County.   "One Country, One Game: A Celebration of Baseball," part of the 25th anniversary of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, looks at the county's most famous players from Frank Grant to Mark Belanger to the artistic expressions of the Negro League to Drury High baseball team's Taiwan tour in 1978.    "Baseball is like one of those threads that tie our community

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SteepleCats Claw Out Of Early Hole To Defeat Mainers
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
12:05AM / Saturday, June 16, 2018
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SANFORD, Maine. —The SteepleCats knew only one way to celebrate outfielder Kyle Norman’s birthday Friday night, and that was throwing him a hitting fiesta.

After dropping three in a row at home, the SteepleCats traveled to Sanford, Maine to take on the Sanford Mainers. Falling in an early hole down 6-2, the North Adams bats erupted and gathered a season-high 22 hits to roll to a 14-8 victory.

Three pitchers took the hill for North Adams Friday night, each tossing three innings. Danny Taggart made the start for his second of the season, allowing the Mainers to get seven runs off of six hits to grab an early lead. He was relieved by Niagara University’s Jeff Hayner, who

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Schooners Hand SteepleCats Sixth Loss
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
12:30AM / Friday, June 15, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Mystic Schooners brought a cold ocean breeze to North Adams Thursday Night, blowing by the SteepleCats and handing North Adams their sixth loss this season.

After taking a 1-0 lead in the first, the SteepleCats feel behind in the 5th and never recovered, losing to the Mystic Schooners by the score of 6-2.

AJ Landis made the start for the SteepleCats, throwing six innings where the most damage from the Schooners wasn’t done until late into his night. The Colorado Mesa University senior held Mystic scoreless in the first three innings, yet in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings the Schooners were able to get a total of four runs across the plate, with the

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SteepleCats Fall To Blue Sox Amid Pitching Struggles
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
12:17AM / Thursday, June 14, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass —While the rain held off in North Adams, the Valley Blue Sox offense came to Joe Wolfe Field with a full head of steam.

Pitching blunders and a struggling offense led to an 11-0 loss Wednesday night for the North Adams SteepleCats courtesy of the visiting Valley Blue Sox.

SteepleCats starting pitcher Stanley Vargas’ night ended quite early in the 2nd after the right-hander allowed six runs to cross the plate off of four hits and four walks. Harvard’s Grant Stone then took the mound for North Adams, pitching 2.2 innings where the Blue Sox extended their lead to 8-0. Two-way player Jackson Coutts of Rhode Island also saw the mound, tossing two innings

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SteepleCats Hosting Youth Baseball Clinics
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
12:32PM / Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —The North Adams SteepleCats are hosting youth player clinics on Sundays through the months of June and July.

These Baseball Clinics are for boys and girls ages 6-12 and are led by our coaching staff and players every Sunday through July 15th from 11 to 12:30.

Our 2018 Manager, Justin Sumner will lead each clinic and will be assisted by a crew of our own SteepleCats players. This will be a great chance to meet and interact with the SteepleCats along with learning some baseball fundamentals and getting the chance to play ball at historic Joe Wolfe Field.

For sign-ups, head

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Former SteepleCat named Ivy League Player Of The Year
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
11:23PM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —The honors keep rolling in for former SteepleCats. After leading North Adams to its 13th playoff appearance in 2016, Dartmouth College senior Dustin Shirley has been named the 2018 Ivy League Player of the Year.

Shirley, the fourth Dartmouth player to earn the award since its establishment in 1993, was the lone member of his squad to also make the All-Ivy League First Team in the outfield, as his first three seasons he found a home at second base. The senior co-captain hit .314/.365/.497 while leading the Ivy League in doubles with 14, ranking third in slugging percentage and fourth in RBIs with 32.

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, the Dartmouth star

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Moutaineers Grab A Close One At Joe Wolfe Field
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
12:28AM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —It was a battle of the pitchers Monday night down at Joe Wolfe Field.

The North Adams SteepleCats dropped a closely contested battle 3-2 against the Vermont Mountaineers Monday Night after each of the team’s pitchers went deep into the contest.

Chris Cepeda took the mound for the SteepleCats, going 7.1 innings allowing just three runs off of eight hits. The St. Thomas Aquinas senior was able to pitch himself out of multiple jams Monday night, yet when we left the game in the 8th he placed relief pitcher Stanley Vargas in a tough spot. With the bases loaded, Vargas was able to get Vermont infielder Jarficur Parker to pop up into right field, but the

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SteepleCats Bats Come Alive In Win Over Newport
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
12:41AM / Monday, June 11, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — After a quiet first three games, the bats of the North Adams SteepleCats have finally awoken.

In a game where eight from the SteepleCats lineup registered a hit, North Adams was able to power itself to a big win over the Newport Gulls Sunday night by the score of 14-9.

Brandon Alberto started on the mound for North Adams, but only lasted a single inning after the right-handed pitcher suffered a season-ending injury that took him out of the contest. Alberto’s inning also left the SteepleCats in a quick 3-0 hole, as the Cats have previously struggled this season getting themselves back into ball games after falling behind early. Yet this was not the case

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