|SteepleCats Fall To Blue Sox Amid Pitching Struggles|
|By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats|
12:17AM / Thursday, June 14, 2018
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 and allowing the Blue Sox’s lead to reach its highest point at 11-0. Greg Gasparro closed the last three innings for the SteepleCats, allowing no runs or hits for the visiting team and striking out five.
The three SteepleCats hits came off of Blue Sox starter Endy Morales, who pitched five innings and only walked one. Robert Girgis then relieved Morales, baffling batters as he allowed no hits and struck out ten in four innings.
After falling into an early hole, outfielder Kyle Norman was one of the few SteepleCats to garner a hit Wednesday night. The Monmouth University senior keyed in on trying to leave the team’s performance in the past and get prepared for the next game.
“It’s definitely tough,” said Norman. “We got a little unlucky, but we just gotta shake this one and move on to tomorrow”.
Tomorrow’s game will feature the SteepleCats taking on the Mystic Schooners at 6:30 at Joe Wolfe Field. Starting pitchers include Danny Taggart for North Adams and Kumar Nambiar for Mystic. Tickets can be purchased online at www.steeplecats.org or at the Ticket Booth one hour prior to the game’s start.