NORTH ADAMS, Mass.
– The North Adams SteepleCats scored seven runs on seven hits, and that was more than enough to down the visiting Great Britain Under-23 Team, 7-0, in a Monday night exhibition affair at Joe Wolfe Field.
In a lighthearted contest that featured more pitchers than position players at one point, the SteepleCats kept it close for the first few innings before pulling ahead by five runs at the end of six innings.
Right-hander Bubba Boroniel (Nova Southeastern) pitched five innings for the victory before giving way to a pair of UT-Pan American hurlers in lefty Will Klausing and righty Shane Klemcke.
Julian Santos (Miami) plated a pair of runs to put the SteepleCats ahead by two with an RBI double in the bottom of the second before Charlie Law (Rutgers) launched a towering solo home run in the third.
After a couple of scoreless innings, the SteepleCats went ahead by five runs on an RBI double off the bat of Dillon Bass (UNC-Wilmington), who later scored himself on a wild pitch.
With the game well in hand in the eighth, North Adams emptied its bullpen, as four-straight pitchers came in to pinch hit for the SteepleCats in an entertaining display. In the top of the ninth, five pitchers were all in the field defensively, while Klemcke, a natural shortstop, came in to pitch.
Despite the lighthearted and laughter-filled evening, Great Britain was treated to much-deserved appreciation from the organization and fans in attendance and will continue their tour of the New England region with three more games against NECBL foes in the coming days.
The SteepleCats, meanwhile, are off Tuesday and will return to action on Wednesday, July 4, when they host Sanford in their annual Fourth of July Spectacular. First pitch from Joe Wolfe Field is set for 6:30 p.m.