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Date: Sep 24, 2019
KEENE, NH-In a back-and-forth slugfest between the Valley Blue Sox and Keene Swamp Bats, it was the Sox that ultimately came out on top with a 12-10 victory. The Blue Sox got multi-hit performances from four players, as Richard Constantine had three hits, and Dakota Mulcay, Danny Ryan and JP Walsh had two knocks each. The 12-run outburst was the most tallies for the Blue Sox in any game this season.
Through three innings, this game looked like it was going to be a pitcher’s duel between Valley starter Jackson Svete and Keene’s Paul Kosanovich. The two right-handers had allowed just one run apiece, with the Bats’ run coming on an RBI double by David Mathews in the second, and Valley answering with a solo home run by Dakota Mulcay in the third. The big fly from Mulcay was the first of the season for the Blue Sox in their eighth game.
However, the game changed drastically in the fourth. Valley opened things up with a four-run top half of the inning. Richard Constantine, Danny Ryan and Collin Mathews hit three consecutive singles to start off the frame before Mulcay launched his second home run of the night, this one a grand slam, to right-center. Mulcay has five hits for the Sox this year and all of them have gone for extra-bases (three doubles and two home runs). Keene would answer back with three runs of their own, on three hits, in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 5-4 in favor of the Blue Sox.
But the Blue Sox stormed right back to reclaim their commanding lead. The team put up six more runs, on four hits, to go ahead 11-4. The biggest hit of the inning came off the bat of Cody Littlejohn, who came through with a two-run single. Richard Constantine also had one of his three singles on the night early in the frame. From there, the scoring would settle down a little bit with the two teams combining to score just two combined runs over the next three innings.
Heading into the bottom of the eighth, the score was 12-5 Blue Sox, but there were more runs to be scored on this night. Keene scored five runs on four hits to make things interesting at 12-10, but the Blue Sox bullpen came through and shut the door on the rally. First, Logan Bowen got a big out to end the eighth, and the Swamp Bats’ threat. Then, Rob Griswold picked up his third save of the NECBL season in the ninth. Griswold has now thrown seven scoreless innings in five games for the Blues in 2019. All in all, manager John Raiola used six pitchers, with Jackson Svete picking up his second win of the campaign.
Up next, the Blue Sox head home for four games at McKenzie Stadium this weekend. The first of those four contests is against the Upper Valley Nighthawks on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm in what will be just the third home game of the season, to six road contests, for Valley thus far.