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Devils drop 5-3 decision to Eastern

North Adam's Cole Meade was 3 for 3 with a pair of runs batted in in the Devils' 5-3 loss to Eastern.  Photo by Mark Carpenter - People's Defender.
North Adam’s Cole Meade was 3 for 3 with a pair of runs batted in in the Devils’ 5-3 loss to Eastern. Photo by Mark Carpenter – People’s Defender.

First loss of season for North Adams

By Mark Carpenter – People’s Defender

Despite a three for three day at the plate by third baseman Cole Meade, the North Adams Green Devils suffered their first loss of the season on Tuesday, April 5 when they traveled to Eastern Brown High School and dropped a 5-3 decision to the host Warriors. Eastern jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and then held off the Devils for the Southern Hills Athletic Conference victory.

“They put the pressure on us early with a great first inning,” said North Adams head coach Rob Meade. “We were hitting the ball solid, just right at them and we fought our way back, but missed a few opportunities and left 10 runners on base. We just needed a couple of clutch hits late but were unable to come up with them.”

Right hander Trey Meade got the starting nod for the Devils and after a long layoff, was a bit rusty and no his usual self, only lasting two innings and throwing 56 pitches. The Warriors struck early, getting three runs in the bottom of the first inning, using the combination of four hits and a North Adams error to do their damage.

North Adams got a lead off single from Cole Meade in the top of the second, but he was doubled off of first when Trey Meade lined out to third base. The Eastern offense went right back to work in their half of the second, picking up two more runs, getting run-scoring doubles from Nick Kelch and Brady Klein to take a 5-0 advantage.

The Devils threatened in the third, getting back to back two-out walks to Bryant Lung and Austin Copas, but Mikey Sheeley lined out to shortstop to end the inning. In the bottom of the third, Austin Parks came on in relief for North Adams and was solid, going four scoreless innings and allowing just a single base hit.

The visitors finally broke their scoring ice in the top of the fourth, when catcher Kenny Branch led off with a two-bagger to left field and then advanced to third on a base hit to center bu Cole Meade. Branch came across with the first North Adams run on a sacrifice fly by Trey Meade. The Devils then loaded the bases when Seth Daulton reached on an error and Ben Figgins walked but Eastern starter Baron Frost got Bryant Lung to pop to second to end the threat.

North Adams again sliced into the Warrior lead in the top of the fifth. Copas was hit by a pitch to begin the frame and moved to second on a Sheeley ground out. Branch walked to proceed a double by Cole Meade that plated both runners to make it 5-3, but the inning ended with the Devils again leaving runners stranded.

The Green Devils stranded another runner in the sixth and in their final at-bat of the game, got a lead off walk to Branch but the next three batters were retired and the host Warriors escaped with the two-run win.

With his tough outing, Trey Meade took the loss, giving up four earned runs in his two innings of work. Frost got the win for Eastern, giving up three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.

The Devils fell to 3-1 with the loss and then had another long layoff because of the weather and were finally back in action on Thursday, April 14 when they played host to the West Union Dragons in SHAC play. Look for a report on that battle in the April 20 issue of The People’s Defender.

NAHS 000 120 0 —3

EHS 320 000 x —5

NAHS Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI): Lung 2-0-0-0, Copas 2-1-1-0, Sheeley 4-0-1-0, Branch 2-2-1-0, C. Meade 3-0-3-2, Young 1-0-0-0, T. Meade 3-0-0-1, Parks 4-0-0-0, Daulton 3-0-0-0, Figgins 2-0-0-0, Team 26-3-6-3.

Extra-Base Hits: C. Meade 2B, Branch 2B

EHS Hitting (Ab-R-H-RBI): Holton 3-1-1-0, Battson 3-2-2-0, Kelch 3-2-1-1, Klein 3-0-3-3, Schmid 3-0-2-1, Frost 3-0-0-0, Puckett 3-0-0-0, Tomlin 3-0-0-0, Burbage 3-0-0-0, Team 27-5-9-5.

Extra-Base Hits: Klein 2B, Kelch 2B

NAHS Pitching: T. Meade (L) 2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 56 pitches

Parks 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 37 pitches

EHS Pitching: Frost (W) 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 77 pitches

Battson (S) 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 32 pitches

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