Roundup: North Adams SteepleCats trounced at home; Black Rock FC suffers first loss

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NORTH ADAMS — The SteepleCats got behind early and made up no ground Wednesday night at home, losing to the Valley Blue Sox 11-0.

Valley (5-2) rolled up six runs in the top of the second, chasing starter Stanley Vargas from the game in an inning and 1/3. Valley added two more in the third and was off to the races in a road rout.

Holyoke-native Endy Morales was superb in his start for the Blue Sox, holding North Adams (2-5) scoreless over five innings. However, reliever Robert Girgis was even better. He threw four hitless innings, walking one and striking out 10. The SteepleCats fell by way of the K 13 times Wednesday and had just three hits, including a Cris Ruiz double. Reliever Greg Gasparro was a bright spot, throwing three scoreless innings and striking out five.

The Blue Sox got two hits and four RBI from West Springfield's Andre Marrero out of the leadoff spot.

North Adams is home again tonight against the Mystic Schooners with a 6:30 p.m. start.



Premier Development League

Western Mass 2, Black Rock 0

LITCHFIELD, Conn. — Black Rock FC suffered its first regulation loss of the season Tuesday night at home against the Western Mass Pioneers.

The two rival squads went into halftime in a scoreless draw, but the Pioneers knocked home two in the second half to take the win at Hotchkiss School.Western Mass' defense, which has allowed only five goals this season, was too much for the hosts

Black Rock (3-1-3) remains the top team in the Northeast Division with 12 points, while the Pioneers (3-1-2) draw to within a point in a tie with the Boston Bolts at 11 each.

Black Rock is next active on Friday with a 6 p.m. game at AC Connecticut. They return home on Tuesday, again facing the Pioneers.



Western Mass. Division IV Baseball

Saint Mary's 20, McCann Tech 7

No further information from this semifinal game was available by press time.


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