In the first 7-inning leg of a doubleheader Saturday night, the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs pounded the Pittsfield Suns 14-0 at Wahconah Park. The Dirt Dawgs scattered 19 hits, and used the Suns five errors to their advantage.
The Dirt Dawgs opened up the game with a bang, tagging Suns starting pitcher Adam Erkis for six runs on five hits. Wachusett second baseman Jake Alu doubled with two outs, scoring Ben Gibson and Jason Fatzinger, making it a 6-0 lead for the Dirt Dawgs. The Suns committed two errors in the top of the inning, adding to the Wachusett run total.
In the top of the third inning, Fatzinger hit a ground ball to shortstop Jeremy Giles. Giles committed his second error in three innings, throwing the ball over first baseman Zane Smith’s head. Fatzinger reached second on the play.Two batters later, centerfielder Max DiTondo lined a single up the middle, scoring Fatzinger and extending the Dirt Dawg’s lead to 7-0.
The Dirt Dawgs added another run in the fourth inning on third baseman Ben Gibson’s RBI single. That ended Adam Erkis’ night, and Kevin Johnson was put on the hill for his Pittsfield Suns debut. In 1.1 innings of work, Johnson gave up two runs on four hits.
The only threat the Suns provided during the game came in the bottom of the fourth. Designated hitter Casey McCone reached first on a walk, and carcher Dan Palazzo singled to left field. Both runners reached second and third on a balk, but pitcher Danny Griffin struck out Suns leftfielder Hunter Bross, ending the threat.
The Dirt Dawgs scored two runs in the fifth inning to extend their lead to 10-0. The scoring was highlighted by catcher Alex Lefevre’s RBI double to deep left center, allowing shortstop Jon Kristofferesen to score.
They piled on two more runs in the top of the sixth inning on a error committed by Suns leftfielder Hunter Bross and an RBI single by first basemen Justin Silvestro. It was a 12-0 ball game heading into the 7th inning.
The fans at Wahconah Park got a surprise when outfielder Ryan Olmo took the mound for the Suns in the 7th inning. Olmo struck out two batters in all, but his debut was spoiled when Max DiTondo blasted a two-run homerun to deep right field, scoring Fatzinger and making it a 14-0 game.
Starting pitcher David Griffin (2-1) picked up the win for Wachusett, hurling six shutout innings while striking out five batters on three hits and two walks. Adam Erkis (2-2) picked up the loss, giving up 10 hits and eight runs (only 1 earned) in 3.2 innings.
Game 2 of the doubleheader was cancelled due to rain and cannot be made up, as the Dirt Dawg do not return to Pittsfield for the remainder of the season. The Suns return to the diamond on Sunday afternoon at Wahconah Park against the Worcester Bravehearts Game time is slated for 4 PM.