|SteepleCats Offense Struggles In Loss To Nighthawks|
|By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats|
11:27AM / Sunday, June 24, 2018
HARTFORD, VT. — On one of the coldest nights of the summer so far, the SteepleCats offense somehow managed to be colder.
Traveling just up the road to Hartford, VT, the North Adams SteepleCats faced off against the Upper Valley Nighthawks Saturday night. After jumping out to an early 4-0 lead after the 1st, the Nighthawks held the SteepleCats to one run and claimed a 4-1 victory.
Starting Pitcher Danny Taggart made his fourth appearance this year for North Adams, getting pounced on early by the Upper Valley offense. The Nighthawks got across four quick runs in the 1st after an Eric Feliz grand slam, yet only managed to get one hit on Taggart in his remaining three innings on the mound. Boston College’s Tommy Lane threw the final four innings for North Adams, striking out four and holding Upper Valley to just three hits.
Unlike the SteepleCats, the Nighthawks used a plethora of pitchers throughout the night. A total of five pitchers graced the hill for the home team, with the only one throwing above two innings being starting pitcher Jordy Allard. Allard’s four innings held North Adams to just two hits while striking out five.
The SteepleCats offense finally got one across the dish against Tyler Adcock in the 8th inning. A Greg Gasparro walk and a Jackson Coutts RBI single gave North Adams it’s only run of the night as their offense struggled to get runners home, leaving eight on the base path during the contest.
Due to weather, the SteepleCats Sunday contest against the Keene Swamp Bats has been canceled and rescheduled for July 2nd. Having Monday off, their next game will be on the road against the Vermont Mountaineers on Tuesday. They then return to Joe Wolfe Field on Wednesday to face the Ocean State Waves at 6:30. Tickets for that game or any SteepleCats home game can be purchased online at www.steeplecats.org or at the Ticket Booth one hour prior to the game’s start.