Groton’s Simeone helps Swamp Bats win title

Former Groton-Dunstable hurler has impressive numbers for Keene

The Keene Swamp Bats, featuring former Groton-Dunstable hurler Joseph Simeone, recently claimed the New England Collegiate Baseball League title. (Courtesy photo)

NORTH ADAMS — For the fifth time in the 25-year history of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, the Fay Vincent Sr. Cup will reside in the Granite State.

The Keene Swamp Bats, who captured the Northern Division’s regular-season title by the slimmest of margins just a week prior, concluded their unforgettable summer with a nearly unblemished postseason run that ended with the organization’s fifth championship.

Among the collegiate players on the championship team is Groton’s Joseph Simeone, a former Groton-Dunstable standout who now pitches at the University of Connecticut. After going 2-0 with a 2.82 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 35 regular-season innings, Simeone pitched in a pair of postseason games, boasting a 2.84 ERA without a decision and striking out seven in 6 L innings on the hill.

Keene swept the 2019 NECBL Championship Series over the darling of the tournament — and the season — the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, who proved they belonged among the New England League’s elite in their first season as a member of the NECBL. The Swamp Bats won 14-10 in the series opener on Aug. 7 before closing things out with a 4-2 victory a night later.

The Swamp Bats hoisted the Fay Vincent Sr. Cup for the fifth time in league history — the second-highest title total among all organizations, past and present — and took home the title for the first time in six years, with their most recent prior to this summer coming in 2013.