LENOX -- North Adams had just mercy ruled Lenoxdale a week ago. Thursday’s rematch was nothing of the sort.
Lenoxdale put up six runs in the second inning for a quick lead and scored one in the bottom of the seventh to avenge last week’s loss, handing North Adams Post 125 its first loss of the season, 8-7.
"The biggest problem was we had 10 runners left on base and multiple times with guys in scoring position," coach Bob Rumbolt said. "We couldn’t push them across the plate."
North Adams committed an error to open the bottom of the second, and four of the nine batters had a hit in the six-run inning.
J.T. Brown, who came on in relief last week, pitched 61Ž3 innings for Lenoxdale and made North Adams work for its runs. The fourth proved to be the best for Post 125. It scored four runs in the inning, three on an error by the second baseman. With the bases loaded and two outs, Tanner Bird hit the ball up the middle, and the ball glanced off the second baseman’s glove. All three runners came around to score and Bird ended up on third. Robert Jutras then dribbled a pitch back to the mound, but Brown overthrew first base, and Bird scored to bring North Adams within 7-6.
Post 125 tied the game in the sixth, but the big inning it had a week ago never materialized. Rumbolt said his team was flat the whole game.
Lenoxdale 8, North Adams 7
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Alex Bush (3), Corey Meczywor (4) and Conner Tworig (4) and Slayter Aubin (3). J.T. Brown (6 1/3), Chris DeFarlo and Williams. 2B -- North Adams 2 (Max Quinn, Zach Larabee). Lenoxdale 2 (DeFarlo, Brown).
DANBURY, Conn. -- The Danbury offense exploded for a season-high 19 hits and scored a run in each of its first five trips to the batters box, as the Westerners handed North Adams a lopsided 11-3 defeat on a scorching-hot Thursday night at Rogers Park.
The SteepleCats (7-5) could only muster three hits over 62Ž3 innings against righty Brett Houseal, as North Adams fell to 1-4 over its last five games. Houseal, the junior from Marist College, earned his second win of the season for the Westerners (5-6) with a quality start while allowing only three runs on three hits while walking three.
North Adams starter Tyler Gebler (Rutgers) was tagged for six runs - four earned - while allowing a whopping 12 hits over only 32Ž3 innings after coming into the contest leading the NECBL with 16 innings of action over his previous two starts. The Island Heights, N.J., native struck out one and walked two over that span.