Newport’s win streak ended at three on Sunday afternoon after a 14 – 9 loss to the North Adams SteepleCats at Joe Wolfe Field. Russell Smith picked up the loss, allowing eight runs (five earned) on five hits with four walks in 4.1 innings of work. For the SteepleCats, it was Cameron Kovachick who earned the win as he held Newport’s offense to just one run on four hits in three innings pitched.
The Gulls wasted no time getting on the board. They scored three runs in the top of the first inning when Dillon Plew and Cole Austinstarted things up with back-to-back hits, setting up Kody Hoese for the RBI single. Dalton Reed and Logan Harvey added RBIs of their own to give the Gulls an early 3 – 0 lead, but North Adams responded promptly. In the bottom of the frame the SteepleCats took advantage of an error, two walks, and a hit-by-pitch as they batted around the order scoring five runs on three hits.
Newport clawed to within one in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly by Zach Britton, but North Adams refused to yield. A three-run fifth coupled with a five-run sixth gave the SteepleCats a comfortable 13 – 5 lead that proved to be enough to weather Newport’s ensuing offensive surge. Down eight, the Gulls scored four runs thanks to a three-run homer by Cole Austin and a solo blast by Dalton Reed which cut the lead in half headed into the bottom of the seventh. North Adams reclaimed the momentum on a two-out RBI single by James Ciliento in the following inning. Up 14 – 9, AJ Landis came in to shut the door on the Gulls, giving up just one hit in two innings of work.
Newport (3-2) will play its seventh game in as many days when they return home for a Southern Division matchup against the Plymouth Pilgrims (3-2) on Monday night from Cardines Field, first pitch set for 6:35 p.m.