|SteepleCats Drop Another At Home|
|By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats|
12:05AM / Monday, June 18, 2018
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 scoreless for the next three innings he was on the field. Rowan University’s Andrew DiPiazza then pitched the next inning, walking two runs in but also striking out two. The next three innings were handled by Stanley Vargas, who allowed six hits and the four runs that allowed Vermont to secure the victory. In a three-way position change that sent Vargas to left field and Tony Ortiz to first base, Jackson Coutts came on to pitch the last inning. The two-way player usually known for his skills at the plate got the Mountaineers to hit a ground ball into a double that ended the 8th inning.
Vermont’s starting pitcher Indigo Diaz went deep into Sunday’s contest, tossing six innings in which the SteepleCats were only able to garner up four hits and one run. Zach Lutner made a quick appearance on the mound, throwing a third of an inning where the home team grabbed two hits and two runs. Levi Abrahamson got the save for the Mountaineers, striking out two and only one hit in his 2.2 innings.
A highlight of the night for North Adams was Bryant University sophomore Sam Owens adapting into more of a utility player for the SteepleCats. Owens came into the season as an infielder, but Sunday night he made the move to behind the plate.
“I’ve been doing it my whole life” said Owens about catching. “After a year off it felt really good to get back at it and catch the game.”
Owens also had a night at the plate, going two-for-three and helping the SteepleCats get some runs up on the board.
The SteepleCats have a much-needed rest on Monday after going on a nine games in ten days span. They’re back at Joe Wolfe Field on Tuesday when they take on the Winnipesaukee Muskrats at 6:30. Grant Stone is expected to make the start for North Adams while the Muskrats starter is to be determined. Tickets for Tuesday’s game can be purchased online at www.steeplecats.org or at the Ticket Booth one hour prior to the game’s start.