Due to impending weather, todays Baseball camp is canceled and will NOT made up.
The Swamp Bats were unable to win their second straight as they dropped a 5-4 decision at the hands of the Mystic Schooners on Sunday night.
Keene is now 16-19 on the season, while Mystic won for the fifth time in six games and improves to 21-15.
Starter Dominic Severino (Central Conn State) had to leave the game due to injury after 4.2 innings. Severino took a line drive in the upper thigh area off the bat of Mystic’s Toby Handley (Stony Brook).
At the time of his departure, the Swamp Bats led 2-1 but were unable to hold the lead. Jack Roberts (Virginia) relieved Severino and was charged with the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on two hits and struck out one. Roberts drops to 0-2 on the season.
Keene took an early lead in the bottom half of the first inning as Robbie Coman (Virginia) plated Alex Liquori (Kennesaw State) with an RBI fielder’s choice. Liquori had led off the inning with a single.
The Schooners tied it at one apiece in the bottom of the same frame as Handley led off with a double, moved to third on a single and scored on an RBI single by Steve Laurino (Marist).
The score would hold until the top of the fourth when Coman singled to start the inning, advanced to third on back-to-back walks and scored on an RBI groundout by Aubrey McCarty (Vanderbilt).
Mystic took the lead for good with four runs in the home half of the sixth. With runners at first and second with one out, Aaron Hill (UConn) roped a two-run double to left center that scored both and gave the hosts a 3-2 lead. One batter later, Hill scored on a throwing error by Keene’s Bret Dennis (St. John’s). Chase Livingston (Rhode Island) drove in the final run of the inning with an RBI single.
The Swamp Bats got a pair back in the top half of the eighth, but that was the closest they would come. Liqouri doubled to lead off, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch. Coman picked up his second RBI of the night with an RBI single that scored Connor Fitzsimons (Central Conn State) to make it 5-4.
A.J. Turnier (Southern Conn State) picked up the win for Mystic, going four innings in relief of starter Josh Pape (Georgia College and State) and allowing two runs on one hit, walking two and striking out three. He is now 2-3 on the season.
Nick Brass (Stony Brook) retired the Swamp Bats in order in the ninth for his first save.
Keene will be back in action tomorrow night when they host the North Adams SteepleCats for a 6:30 game at Alumni Field.
KEENE, N.H. – Zach Lauricella (St. John’s) broke out of his 1-33 slump in a big way Saturday night as he went 2-4 with two home runs and five RBI’s to lead the Keene Swamp Bats to an 8-7 victory over the Danbury Westerners at Alumni Field.
A wild pitch in the bottom half of the sixth inning that allowed Patrick McGrath (Washington State) to score the go ahead run proved to be the difference in the ballgame.
The Westerners grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when an error by McGrath allowed Logan Pearson (Missouri) to score on the fielder’s choice. Danbury added another run to the board on an RBI single by Ryan Donovan (Hofstra) plating Aaron Huesman (Dayton).
The Swamp Bats came back to score two runs of their own in the bottom of the second inning when the struggling Lauricella hit a two-run home run to centerfield, scoring Darick Hall (Cochise) to tie the game up 2-2.
Connor Fitzsimons (Central Connecticut State) hit a solo home run to centerfield to start the bottom of the third inning to give the Swamp Bats a 3-2 lead. Lauricella then followed that up with his second home run of the game – a three run shot to extend Keene’s lead to 6-2.
“It feels great,” said Lauricella about breaking out of his slump. “This game is about a lot of ups and downs and its how you perservere through it. It was tough for me to stay in the struggle you know and I finally got out of it tonight.”
Danbury would not go quietly however as AJ Ryan (Dayton) led off the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run off of the scoreboard to cut Keene’s lead in half to 6-3.
The Swamp Bats would get the run back however as Taylor Perez (St. Leo) would lead off the bottom half of the fourth inning with a solo home run to centerfield extending Keene’s lead back to four.
The Swamp Bats hit a total of four home runs for the game.
The Westerners would respond with three runs of their own in the top of the fifth inning to cut the Swamp Bats lead down to one. Pearson hit a one out RBI double scoring Tyler Sanchez (St. John’s) and Vimael Machin (Virginia Commonwealth) to cut the deficit to 7-5 Keene. Pearson then scored on an RBI single by Ryan to make it just 7-6 Swamp Bats.
That was it for Swamp Bats’ starter Connor Jones (Virginia) who struggled through five innings of work. He was charged with six runs (four earned) on five hits, walked three and struck out six on 90 pitches. He received a no-decision.
The Swamp Bats lost the lead in the top of the sixth inning when Hector Gutierrez (Michigan) scored on an RBI single by Zach Lavy (Missouri) to tie the game up at seven.
With the win, the Swamp Bats improve to 16-18 on the season and are now tied for the final playoff spot in the NECBL North Division. Danbury falls to 11-27 on the season with the loss.
The Swamp Bats travel to Mystic tomorrow night to take on the Schooners for a 6:05 scheduled first pitch.
The next two Swamp Bat home games are make-up games against the North Adams SteepleCats on Monday and will resume their game against the Ocean State Waves on Thursday. Thursday night’s game against Ocean State is fan appreciation night and admission is free. Both make up games start at 6:30.
Keene Swamp Bats vs. Mystic Schooners
Swamp Bats’ go quiet in 9-0 defeat to Mystic
By Ethan Winter
KEENE, N.H. – The Keene Swamp Bats fell to the Mystic Schooners Friday night, 9-0 at Alumni Field.
With the loss, the Swamp Bats fall to 15-18 on the year while the Schooners improve their record to 19-15 with the win.
The Schooners got to a fast start scoring three runs in the top of the first inning on a pair of home runs. Toby Handley (Stony Brook) led off the ball game with a solo home run to left field and then a two run shot by Nick Ruppert (Dartmouth) made it 3-0 Mystic.
Keene Swamp Bats vs. Newport Gulls
Sosebee shuts down Newport in 1-0 Swamp Bats victory
By Ethan Winter
KEENE, N.H. – David Sosebee (Georgia) was nearly un-hittable tonight as he led the Keene Swamp Bats to a 1-0 victory over the Newport Gulls in a brisk one hour and 45 minute game at Alumni Field.
Sosebee threw a complete game two-hit shutout to get his first win of his NECBL season. He needed just 81 pitches to complete the feet and struck out six along the way. He improves to 1-4 on the year.
“It’s good, got to love those quick games the defense played well behind me got me a run and it’s good to get this win and get back on track,” said Sosebee.