Bats Go Quiet, Keene Falls to Valley 5-1
The Keene Swamp Bats dropped a 5-1 decision to the Valley Blue Sox on Tuesday night at MacKenzie Stadium.
Keene drops to 14-17 on the year, while Valley improves to 11-22.
The Blue Sox jumped ahead early as Storm Wilson (Kentucky) delivered a two-run bloop single to open up a 2-0 lead in the home half of the second.
Jarred Mederos (St. John’s) delivered a sac fly to cut the lead in the half in the top of the third, scoring Taylor Perez (St. Leo) who singled to lead off the top of the third, but that was the closest the Swamp Bats would get.
Valley added a run in the bottom of the third on a sac fly by Bobby Stahel (USC) that plated Angelo La Bruna (USC) to make it 3-1.
Keene starter Alec Bettinger (Virginia) lasted five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits, walking three and striking out three. He was charged with the loss and is now 1-1 on the season.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - Ben Paulsen made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut last night for the Colorado Rockies. The 2007 Keene Swamp Bat went 2-for-4, with two singles, in Colorado’s 7-2 loss to the Washington Nationals.
Paulsen is the sixth NECBL graduate to make his Big League debut this season. He becomes the 46th to play in the Majors this year and the 105th to reach the Bigs.
Paulsen’s debut also marks the 10th straight year where at least a half-dozen NECBL graduates made their Major League debut.
A third round pick out of Clemson in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Paulsen was hitting .291 and slugging .524 for Triple-A Colorado Springs at the time of his call up. His slugging percentage was 10th-best in the Pacific Coast League. The 6-foot-4 Paulsen also had 24 doubles, six triples and 15 homers in 95 PCL games.
He was a PCL All-Star this season, an MiLB.com Organizational All-Star in 2013 and a Texas League All-Star in both 2011 and 2012.
Paulsen appeared in 18 games, all starts, for the 2007 Keene Swamp Bats. He hit .318 with two homers and 11 RBI. His average was second best on the team.
The NECBL congratulates Ben for this significant accomplishment. (Article Source NECBL)
July 21, 2014
Swamp Bats Approaching Halfway Mark of Alumni Field Campaign
Keene, NH - While the Swamp Bats have been busy on the field, off the field has been even busier as the Keene Swamp bats continue to raise funds for the Alumni Field campaign. The Swamp Bats have raised $18,725 of their $45,000 campaign goal. Most of the funds raised have been from individual donors, however $5,000 from the Putnam Foundation and another $5,000 from the NH Charitable foundation has helped the Swamp Bats get close to the halfway mark.
The money raised has already purchased the field tarp, a requirement of the NECBL, which will help alleviate rain cancellations. The next item is to upgrade the dated sound system at the field. When the total $45,000 is raised the warning track and infield service will also be able to be upgraded, and if funds allow repairs to the grandstand also need to be made.
“It has been amazing to see donations come in from supporters, past player and their families across the country to help us reach the campaign goal. We are truly grateful for all the support we have received,” Says Kevin Watterson, President of The Swamp Bats. “We are confident we will hit our goal and be able to make all the important upgrades needed at the field, not just for the Swamp Bats, but for all the baseball teams that utilize the field. We want Alumni Field to continue to be a source of pride in the community.”
The Keene Swamp Bats are a 501C3 Non-profit and part of the NECBL. For more information on how to make a contribution to the Alumni Field, please visit www.swampbats.com.
Keene Swamp Bats vs. Sanford Mainers
Swamp Bats snap three game losing streak, beat Sanford 4-1
By Ethan Winter
KEENE, N.H. – The Keene Swamp Bats head into the All-Star Break on a winning note, snapping their three game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Sanford Mainers.
With the win the Swamp Bats improve to 14-16 on the year and Sanford falls to 17-11 with the loss. It was the first time this season that the home team won a game between these two teams.
“I don’t think anyone was taking this last game before the All-Star Break lightly with a couple of days off. I thought the team has been pretty well lately and have taken a couple tough losses in a row so it’s good to get a win under our belts and get things back on track,” said Swamp Bats starting pitcher Connor Jones (Virginia).
Keene Swamp Bats vs. Vermont Mountaineers
Keene drops their third straight game, fall 7-2 to Vermont
KEENE, N.H. – The Keene Swamp Bats struggles continued Friday night as they dropped their third straight game, falling 7-2 to the NECBL North Division leading Vermont Mountaineers at Alumni Field.
With the loss, Keene falls to 13-16 and drops a full game out of the final playoff spot in the North Division. With the win, Vermont wins their 20th game of the season improving their record to 20-10 on the season.
The Swamp Bats have lost six of their last eight games.
Walks were a problem for the Swamp Bats as they allowed seven walks in the first two innings.
Ninth Inning Heartbreak Strikes Again, Swamp Bats fall to Laconia, 2-1
The Keene Swamp Bats dropped another heartbreaker on Thursday night, this one by a score of 2-1 at the hands of the Laconia Muskrats.
The Swamp Bats are now 13-15 on the season, while Laconia improves to 14-14.
Joey Bielek (Arizona State) drew a walkoff bases loaded walk issued by Alex Robinson (Maryland) on a very,very close 3-2 pitch that scored Matt Byrne (Iona) and the Muskrats came from behind and captured a 2-1 win.
Keene Swamp Bats vs. North Adams SteepleCats
Swamp Bats lose a heart breaker as North Adams comes back to win 6-3 in extras
KEENE, N.H. – The North Adams SteepleCats have been a thorn in the side of the Keene Swamp Bats all season and tonight proved to be no different.
Ramon Valdez (Barry) hit a three run home-run to straight away centerfield in the top of the 10th inning to give the SteepleCats a 6-3 come from behind victory over the Swamp Bats.
North Adams was down to their final strike when Anthony Papio (Maryland) sent it to extra innings with a solo shot to deep right field with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to tie the score up at three. It was the third time this season that Keene and North Adams went to extra innings.
With the loss, the Swamp Bats drop back below .500 to 13-14, while the SteepleCats improve to 13-15 on the year. The SteepleCats also clinched a season series win over the Swamp Bats, winning four of their first five meetings.
The two teams face off one more time this season on July 28 at Alumni Field, a makeup of their game on July 3 that was rained out.
Four-Run Fourth Propels Swamp Bats over Blue Sox, 4-2
Bouncing back from last night’s heartbreaking loss to North Adams, the Keene Swamp Bats defeated the Valley Blue Sox by a score of 4-2 on Sunday night.
The win moves the Swamp Bats back to .500 at 13-13 while the Blue Sox drop to 8-19 on the year.
Keene plated four runs in the top half of the fourth inning and that was all they would need.
Valley grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning as Frank Crinella (Merrimack) walked with one out, moved to third on a single and scored on a passed ball charged to Swamp Bats catcher Robbie Coman (Virginia).
Swamp Bats Lose Five-Run Lead in Ninth, Fall to North Adams 8-7 in 11.
The Keene Swamp Bats dropped a heartbreaker on Saturday night, letting a five-run ninth inning lead slip away and falling 8-7 in 11 innings to the North Adams SteepleCats.
Keene drops to 12-13 on the season with the loss, while the SteepleCats improve to 12-14.
Matt Schmidt (Chicago State) delivered the RBI walk-off single in the bottom half of the 11th inning that plated Luke Maglich (South Florida) who had walked to lead off the inning.
Pitching Dominates, Swamp Bats squeak by Mainers 2-1
The Keene Swamp Bats snapped a two-game losing skid on Friday night and in the process snapped the eight game winning streak of their Northern Division rivals, the Sanford Mainers, winning by a score of 2-1.
The Swamp Bats move back to the .500 mark and go to 12-12 on the year, while the Mainers drop to 16-9.
Jarred Mederos (St. John’s) and Alex Liquori (Kennesaw State) scored on a costly error by Sanford shortstop Corey Raley (Texas Tech) in the top half of the first inning and those were the only two runs of the night for the Swamp Bats.
Keene Swamp Bats vs. Plymouth Pilgrims
Swamp Bats fall 9-3 behind three home runs for Plymouth
By Ethan Winter
KEENE, N.H. – The Keene Swamp Bats dropped their second straight game tonight at the hands of the Plymouth Pilgrims 9-3 at Alumni Field.
The Pilgrims avenged their 7-0 defeat at the hands of the Swamp Bats earlier in the year on July 2 in Plymouth.
With the loss, the Swamp Bats drop back below .500 at 11-12 on the year. The Pilgrims improve their South Division leading record to 19-6 on the year.
Swamp Bats jump ahead of Plymouth early, win 7-0
The Keene Swamp Bats matched their longest winning streak of the season with their fourth straight win on Wednesday night, this one a 7-0 decision over the team with the best record in the NECBL, the Plymouth Pilgrims.
Keene improves to 10-10 on the year, while Plymouth drops to 15-4.
Robbie Coman (Virginia) delivered a solo shot in his first at-bat with the Swamp Bats, giving the visitors an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second and they wouldn’t look back from there.
The Swamp Bats would add a pair in the third with a bases-loaded walk to Zach Lauricella (St. John’s) and a sacrifice fly from Dominic Severino (Central Conn State).
Three more runs would cross home plate for Keene in the top half of the fifth as Jarred Mederos (St. John’s) knocked a solo blast to left, his first of the season, Lauricella plated Ryan Summers (Louisville) with an RBI ground-rule double and later scored on an RBI groundout by Alex Liquori (Kennesaw State).
After Mederos doubled with one away in the ninth, Summers drove in the seventh and final run of the night for the Swamp Bats with a double of his own to score Mederos.
Five pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout for Keene: Alex Robinson (Maryland), Michael Dunnigan (St. Leo), Matthew Crohan (Winthrop), Sam Triece (Washington State) and Ben Criscuolo (Southern NH). Dunnigan pitched the fifth and sixth innings and was credited with the win, he goes to 1-2 on the year.
Robinson started the game and went the first four innings for the Swamp Bats, working four innings and not allowing a run on four hits, walking five and striking out six.
Plymouth had just one hit after the fourth inning, a one-out single by Brent Rooker (Mississippi State) in the eighth.
Kurt Sowa (Rider) was dealt the loss for the Pilgrims, lasting just four innings and allowing five runs on three hits, walking five and striking out two.
The Swamp Bats had Thursday’s game vs. the North Adams SteepleCats postponed, and will look to make it five in a row in a special Fourth of July matinee at Laconia on Friday. First pitch is at 12:30 p.m.
Keene Swamp Bats vs. Vermont Mountaineers
July 1, 2014
Swamp Bats extend win streak to three with 3-2 win over Vermont
By Ethan Winter
KEENE, N.H.—After giving up a 2-0 lead, the Keene Swamp Bats were able to hang onto a 3-2 victory over the Vermont Mountaineers at Alumni Field.
The Swamp Bats retook the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning when Vermont reliever Cameron Sorgie (Albany) threw a wild pitch allowing Connor Fitzsimons (Central Connecticut State) to score the go-ahead and eventual winning run.
Vermont had the potential tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position in the top of the ninth with one out, but Matt Clancy (St. John’s) shut the door on the Mountaineer comeback striking out pinch-hitter Adam Picard (UMass) and Jack Parenty (Stony Brook) to end the ball game.
“I just knew that I had to make pitches and that as long as I made my pitches I knew we were going to get out of it somehow,” Clancy said.
The Swamp Bats improve to 9-10 with the win, while the North Division leading Mountaineers fall to 12-7 with the loss.
The Swamp Bats started the scoring in the fourth inning when Zach Lauricella (St. John’s) led off the inning with a double. Ryan Summers (Louisville) then reached on a fielder’s choice when the Vermont shortstop Casey Rodrigue (Indiana) tried to get Lauricella out at third but was unsuccessful. After Summers stole second, Alex Liqouri (Kennesaw State) hit a broken bat single to left plating both Lauricella and Summers.
Vermont got on the board in the top of the seventh inning when Blake Tiberi (Louisville) hit a towering lead-off home run to straight away center field, his first of the season to cut the deficit to 2-1 Swamp Bats.
That would be it for Keene starter Dominic Severino (Central Connecticut State) who went a solid seven innings giving up one run on the home run, on four hits, allowed one walk and struck out three on 85 pitches. He ended up with a no-decision.
Vermont starter Daniel Koger (Alabama Huntsville) went six solid innings giving up two runs, both earned on four hits, walking two and striking out one.
University of Virginia product, Jack Roberts made his first appearance for the Swamp Bats this season. Coming off of an injury, Roberts struggled giving up one run on two hits in two-thirds of an innings pitched, but did pick up two strikeouts.
The Mountaineers tied it up in the top of the eighth inning when Chandler Brock (Alabama Huntsville) singled to right field scoring Parenty who pinch-hit for catcher Josh Treff (Northeastern).
The Swamp Bats go on the road again tomorrow as they travel to Plymouth to take on the South Division leading Pilgrims at 6:30 pm.
Reading with Ribby Night
Independence Eve with fireworks
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Since its inaugural season in 1998, the Keene Swamp Bats have called Keene’s Alumni Field, home. The Swamp Bats share this beautiful facility with several other local baseball programs. The Swamp Bats are a 501C3 non-profit organization, created seventeen years ago to bring the top national collegiate baseball players to Keene, NH.
This “Field of Dreams” baseball park requires an investment to maintain its stature as one of New England’s finest. The Swamp Bats are embarking on a fundraiser to make those necessary upgrades. We need your help! Following are those improvements:
- Sound System - $20,000 Our “Voice”
- Field Tarp - $6,000 Let it Rain. We will play!
- Warning Track - $5,000 A true Safety issue for our players
- New Infield Surface - $17,000 Our players deserve the best!
We are proud to champion these upgrades. They are needed. Babe Ruth, Legion and Keene High School baseball all will reap the benefits of your generosity.
We thank you in Advance.
The Keene Swamp Bats
How you can help!
Donations can be made online, or by mailing a check directly to The Keene Swamp Bats 800 Park Ave, Suite 114 Keene, NH 03431.
Come learn from your favorite coaches and players!
Camp is open to kids ages 5-12 and it runs 8 am - noon at Alumni Field.
Cost for Each Clinic:
$40.00 per clinic
$200.00 to attend all 6 (6th day free)
$115.00 per additional child of the same family
$70.00 for 2 kids
$100.00 for 3 kids (of the same family)
Checks can be mailed to The Swamp Bats, 800 Park Ave, Suite 114 Keene, NH 03431
2014 Camp Dates:
Monday, July 7th
Tuesday, July 8th
Monday, July 14th
Monday, July 21st
Monday, July 28th
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