It was a straight down the middle afternoon for Coach Rob Meade and his North Adams baseball squad last Saturday as they welcomed the Northwest Mohawks to Seaman for an afternoon doubleheader.Straight down the middle it went as the Green Devils and Mohawks split the twinbill, North Adams taking the first game 6-5 and Northwest winning a pitcher’s duel in the second by a 2-1 final.
Game One was a walk off thriller for the Devils as they scored three times in the bottom of the seventh to erase a two-run deficit and capture a 6-5 win, making a winning pitcher out of reliever Caleb Wagers.
The visiting Mohawks led 2-1 after three and a half innings, but the Devils rallied with a pair in the bottom of the fourth. A Cody Hall double plated both Blake Bradley and Hank Sparks to give the home team a 3-2 lead. That lead vanished quickly when the Mohawks got to North Adams starter Sparks for three in the top of the fifth to retake the lead. Wagers came on in the sixth and blanked Northwest for two frames, setting up the dramatic bottom of the seventh.
With one out, Ethan Brown singled to center and Cole Roades was sent in to pinch run. Nathan Davis reached on an error and Kenny Branch walked to load the bases. Mikey Sheeley reached on another miscue in the field that chased Roades home and left the bases full. Wagers drew a walk that forced home the tying run and Sparks then singled to right on an 0-1 pitch, bringing home Bradley and making walk-off winners of the Green Devils.
In the win, the Devils banged out eight hits, two each from Sparks, Hall, and Brown. Sparks pitched the first five frames, allowing three earned runs and with his two scoreless innings of relief, Wagers picked up the win.
Game Two was a classic pitcher’s duel with Austin Copas and Devin Gardner on the mound for North Adams and combining to throw seven innings of six hit, two run ball. Unfortunately, the Devils’ offense could only muster a single run, that coming in the bottom of the fifth when Nathan Davis scored on a base hit by Cole Meade. The Mohawks held on and escaped town with a doubleheader split, taking Game Two by a final count of 2-1.
“Today was a good day for us,” said Coach Meade. “We competed in both games on both sides of the ball. In a back and forth first game, we maintained our composure and got the walk-off win. Hank threw the ball well and Caleb did an excellent job to hold their bats down in relief.”
“In the second game, Austin and Devin both threw the ball very well. I thought today was an indication of the level at which we are capable of playing. Hopefully, moving forward we will be more consistent and maintain some of our momentum.”
The Green Devils were back in Southern Hills Athletic Conference action on Wednesday night and they picked up a big win by knocking off the Eastern Warriors 8-6 to improve to 3-3 on the year, 2-2 in the SHAC.
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