Suns Rock the Rox Early, Defeat Brockton 8-5
Most managers prefer a balanced offensive attack that puts runs on the board throughout the game. Then again, if you can post all the runs you need in one inning, who needs balance?
That was the case Saturday night, when the Pittsfield Suns (3-0) rode a six-run third inning en route to an 8-5 victory over the visiting Brockton Rox (2-2) at Wahconah Park. The Suns sent 11 batters to the plate in the third, collecting eight hits, three of them doubles, to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 6-2 lead they would never relinquish.
The win gave the Suns their third in a row to open the season. Pittsfield and the North Shore Navigators are the only remaining undefeated teams in the Futures League.
It was Suns' starting pitcher Jake Kodros on the bump opposite the Rox' John Mikosz. Both opening the game red hot, setting down their respective sides in order in the first.
Brockton got on the board first, collecting a pair of runs in the second inning. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases, then the Rox tallied on a fielder’s choice and a base hit.
That lead didn’t last long, though. Pittsfield roughed up Mikosz in the home half of the third, tying the game on back-to-back doubles and an RBI single off the bat of Pittsfield native Jack Cooney. That began a parade of six straight hits that broke the game open. Jeffrey Boggess, Jack Khawly, and Jackson Petersen each drove in a run with a base hit, and Andrew Fernandez brought home a run with a sacrifice fly. When the frame was over, the Suns had batted around and taken a 6-2 lead.
The Rox chipped away at the lead throughout the evening. Mitch Donofrio blasted his second home run of the season in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 6-3. Pittsfield got that run back in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Khawly.
Brockton posted two more runs in the eighth to further narrow the gap. The Rox loaded the bases with one out, scoring runs on an error and a fielder’s choice to make the score 7-5.
An RBI single by Nate Cormier in the eighth inning provided the final margin of victory. Suns reliever Jared Henry shut down the threat and earned his first save of the season.
The Elsner Animal Control Pest Player of the Game went to Khawly, who went 2-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
The Suns remain at home on Sunday when they welcome the Westfield Starfires to Wahconah Park for the first time. Sunday is Star Wars Night; the gates will open at 4:15 PM, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00.
FIREWORKS! The Opening Night fireworks show that was postponed due to weather has been rescheduled for this Friday, June 7. The Suns welcome North Shore to town in what is shaping up to be an early battle of two of the league’s top teams, followed by an explosive fireworks show. The game is presented by the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, and the fireworks are sponsored by Pittsfield Cooperative Bank.
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