• SVETE SHINES AS SOX STOMP STEEPLECATS AT HOME

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    July 30, 2019
    HOLYOKE, MA - The Valley Blue Sox entered the final week of the season on Monday just 3.5 games back of first place in the Northern Division, and took down the North Adams SteepleCats at home by a score of 8-1 on Monday night.
     
    Picking up where they left off after their 11-run performance against Danbury on Saturday, Valley kicked off the first inning by loading the bases. Travis Holt hit a fly ball to left field, scoring Nate Monastra, and the Blue Sox took a 1-0 lead.
     
    Valley would open the game up in the third inning. Joe Lomuscio would single to start the inning, and steal second base. After advancing to third on an error by the SteepleCats shortstop, Richard Constantine would drive him in on a sacrifice fly. Travis Holt was the next batter, and he would drive in Carter Williams with a single to left.
     
    Isaac Alexander would follow Holt with a drive over the wall in left-center field for a two run home run, his second in as many games. In total, the Blue Sox would erupt for four runs on three hits, and led by five after three innings. 
     
    Three innings later, the Blue Sox would hang a crooked number on the scoreboard once again. Consecutive singles by John Marti and Cody Littlejohn would put runners on the corners. Joe Lomuscio would single, scoring Marti and moving Littlejohn up ninety feet. Littlejohn and Lomuscio would execute a double steal, putting both of them in scoring position.
     
    Nate Monastra would hit the third sacrifice fly of the night for the Blue Sox, scoring Littlejohn. Carter Williams would follow that up with a single to right field, plating Monastra. In the inning, the Blue Sox scored three runs on four hits, extending their lead to 8-0.
     
    The run support was more than enough for Jackson Svete, who took the mound looking to add to his 3-0 record on the season. Svete shined through 8.2 innings of work, scattering eight hits and surrendering a single run. He walked three and struck out seven en route to the win.
     
    For Svete, he has been spectacular in his last two outings. Between his win tonight, and his win against Sanford last weekend, Svete has thrown 15.2 innings, giving up nine hits and just the one earned run (two runs total). The 8.2 innings of work also broke the 2019 NECBL season record for innings pitched, which was set by former Blue Sox pitcher Will Lozinak earlier in the season. 
     
    The Blue Sox continue their playoff push with a game on Tuesday night at Goodall Park against the Sanford Mainers, before returning home for their final three games of the 2019 regular season. First pitch tomorrow is scheduled for 6:30 PM.