(Pittsfield, MA) It was a battle to open the double header between the Pittsfield Suns and the Worcester Bravehearts. It was a quite game early on, looking much like the first pitchers duel we saw from Izaiya Mestre in the home opener. The duel was between him and Bryce Afthim in this one as Afthim started with 2 scoreless. Mestre bested him with 3 scoreless of his own.
In the top of third it was an impressive battle for Mestre as he was forced to throw 18 pitches and managed to strikeout all three batters he faced.
Mestre’s team carried over that intensity as Cameron Johnson led off the third for the Suns with a big double. This was later followed by a Brendan Jones walk. Jack Cooney then came up clutch with a 2 RBI single to open up the scoring for the game.
The Bravehearts did not wait long to respond. In the top of the 4th Sebastian Salado doubled to center driving in Andrew Selima. This brought the score to 2-1.
The Suns responded immediately, going up 4-1 in the bottom half as Brendan Jones hit a 2 RBI double driving in Seth Werchan and Cameron Johnson. That would be the end of the day for Bryce Afthim. He finished with 4 innings pitched, 6 hits allowed, 4 earned runs, 2 walk and 5 strikeouts.
Mestre was able to go one more inning in the contest. Izaiya Mestre goes 5 full innings giving up 3 hits, 1 earned run, walking 1 and striking out 6 in another electric start at home.
The Worcester Bravehearts tried to get back in the game late as an error followed up by a 2-run Alex Neff blast brought the game to 4-3. This would be the final as Jackson Atwood shut the door. Atwood finished with 2 full innings, 2 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts while also picking up the save. Mestre would be credited with the win.
Sammy St. Jean
The Pittsfield Suns were unable to continuing their winning ways as they did in the first game of the doubleheader with the Worcester Bravehearts as the ‘Hearts got to Pittsfield Native Christian Womble midway through the seven-inning contest and never looked back, taking a decisive 5-1 win over the Suns Saturday night.
It was the Pittsfield Suns who struck first in the second half of a doubleheader from Wahconah Park on the warm summer evening. Pittsfield failed to score a run in the bottom half of the first inning, after loading the bases and making the Bravehearts starter Julian Gonzalez work for his outs. Gonzalez threw 36 first inning pitches, four shy of the limit for an inning in the FCBL for a single pitcher. However, the tables would turn in the second inning when Nate Cormier started a two-out rally for Pittsfield with a single to center field. Pittsfield’s Joel Lara, who made his Suns debut, walked for the second time of the night, allowing Jake Blinstrub to make his mark at the dish. Blinstrub connected on a pitch to deep center that drove in Cormier to give the Suns a 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately for the Suns, the bats went quiet after that. Worcester would strike back in a big way in the third inning when their two through six hitters in the lineup each connected on singles, marking five hits in a row given up by Womble to put the Bravehearts ahead, a lead they would never give up. A one out two RBI single for Andrew Selima lead the way for Worcester in the inning.
The ‘Hearts were not done yet as Sebastian Salado got into the hit column in the fourth inning when he roped an RBI single, scoring another run for the Worcester Bravehearts. After getting the final out of the fourth, the books would be closed on Christian Womble who went the first four innings giving up eight hits and four runs (three earned) while walking two and striking out six.
Worcester would add one more in the seventh for added insurance when Kenny Mallory Jr. collected an RBI groundout. The Suns bats went ice cold after the second inning, collecting just one more hit after the single from Cormier in the second inning. Pittsfield would fall 5-1 on the night and split the day with the Worcester Bravehearts.
Pittsfield will next be in action tomorrow night, June 6 at 3:00 pm when they travel to Dodd Stadium and Norwich, Connecticut to face off against the Norwich Sea Unicorns for double header action. The Suns will return to Wahconah Park on Wednesday, June 9 for a 6:35 pm first pitch as they welcome back the same Worcester Bravehearts.