Planas-Arteaga Postgame Comments
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.
– Eight different players recorded at least one hit, and sophomore Nick Narodowy (URI) pitched six quality innings, as North Adams remained unbeaten on the season with a resounding 13-6 victory over the visiting Mystic Schooners on Sunday afternoon at Joe Wolfe Field.
The SteepleCats (4-0, 2-0 East) managed to tie their previous single-game high in hits, as the home side hit safely on 13 occasions en route to their highest run total in a single game so far this summer.
Two separate players produced three-hit nights, including Narodowy’s collegiate teammate, Jeff Roy (URI), who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a walk and an RBI while swiping his league-leading eighth stolen bases of the season.
But it was freshman right fielder Sheehan Planas-Arteaga (Barry University) who broke out with a 3-for-4 night in which he scored once and drove in a game-high three runs, including a key two-RBI double to put the SteepleCats ahead by three runs midway through the contest.
Narodowy, meanwhile, earned the win by tossing six strong frames while yielding only a run on four hits. The left-hander struck out three and walked three to pick up the win. Sophomore righty Brian Hunter (Hartford), junior lefty Matt Longfield (Villanova), and rookie right-hander Bubba Baroniel (Nova Southeastern) followed Narodowy and kept the lead in hand to secure the ‘Cats’ fourth win in as many games.
After both teams were even at 1-1 following four innings, North Adams went ahead, 4-1, with a three-run bottom of the fifth, including an RBI single by junior Brett Clements (Nova Southeastern) and Planas-Arteagas’ aforementioned double. An inning later, Charlie Law (Rutgers) smoked a two-RBI base hit to keep the SteepleCats safely ahead, 6-1, after six innings.
But the Schooners (0-3) responded with three runs in the top of the seventh, two charged to Hunter and one to Longfield, who struck out the last batter of the inning with a runner on base to keep the Schooners at bay.
That was when the SteepleCats exploded for a seven-run inning in the bottom of the frame to go ahead by an insurmountable 13-4 advantage. Highlights of the inning included Conor Biggio’s (Notre Dame) league-leading third home run of the year – a three-run bomb- as well as an RBI single off the bat of Dillon Bass (UNC Wilmington), who came in off the bench for his 2012 SteepleCats debut.
Mystic would tack on two late runs in the ninth against Baroniel, but by that point the win had already been secured, as North Adams improved to 4-0 for the first time since the 2010 season.
After an off day on Monday, North Adams hits the road for a Tuesday (June 12) matchup against Vermont, with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m.
Notes and Notables
The SteepleCats batted around for the first time this season in the bottom of the seventh … Planas-Arteaga raised his season average to .500, while sophomore Bryan Soloman (Eastern Kentucky) picked up his first two hits of the season in a 2-for-5 day.
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