MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Guided by a five-strikeout, seven-inning performance from southpaw ace Scott Squier, North Adams made two early runs stand up as it edged Vermont, 2-1, to earn a NECBL West Division doubleheader split with a win in the nightcap on Monday night at Montpelier Recreation Field.
With the tying run at third base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Squier struck out the last batter of the game to give the SteepleCats (17-17) a bounce-back win after the Mountaineers (19-14) blanked the visitors, 5-0, in the earlier game.
The southpaw from Hawaii finished with five strikeouts and surrendered six hits but was otherwise brilliant, letting up one unearned run for his third victory of the year against Vermont and his second complete-game victory. His counterpart, Camerson Sorgie, was also excellent, taking a tough loss after yielding two runs -- one earned -- on four hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.
For the visitors, four individuals finished with a hit apiece while Kevin Krause led the way with a 3-for-3 showing at the plate for the home side, which out-slugged North Adams, 6-4, in the nightcap.
North Adams hopped ahead after junior Joe Landi manufactured a run by drawing a walk, moving to second on a sacrifice, taking third on a bloop single and scoring on a sacrifice fly from freshman Brad Anderson, giving the visitors an early 1-0 lead.
Two innings later, Landi again sparked the offense with a leadoff double before sophomore Vinny Zarrillo pounded a hard-hit grounder that ricocheted off the shortstop and into center field, allowing Landi to score easily and double the lead to 2-0 heading to the fourth.
The SteepleCats continue a busy nine-game, seven-day week today when they hit the road for Saratoga to battle the Brigade for the fourth time this summer. First pitch from East Side Recreation Field is set for 6:30 p.m.