PITTSFIELD, Mass.- The Pittsfield Suns dropped the opening game of the first round of the FCBL playoff semi-final round in a best of three series against the Brockton Rox on Saturday night from Wahconah Park. Starting pitcher for the Suns Izaiya Mestre went 7.1 innings giving up six hits and four runs while walking two and striking out four in another masterful performance, though picking up the loss.
The big bats for the Brockton Rox started the top half of the second and would eventually come around to score as Ben Rounds and JP Olson each reached on a single, followed by a RBI single from Andrew Possi to get the Rox the first run of the ball game. A groundout to third base would score the games second run, as Olson would cross the plate, giving Brockton the early 2-0 lead.
From there, both Juaron Watts-Brown and Izaiya Mestre would take control of the ball game, not allowing chances for either side. In the fourth, Cabot Maher led off with a first pitch swinging single to right field, which was followed up with a two-run home run from Suns first baseman Jack Thorbahn to tie the game at two. For Thorbahn, he picks up his third long ball of the season, and first in the FCBL playoffs. After the home run from Thorbahn, Watts-Brown and Mestre again took over on the hill, dominating much of the fast-paced game.
A double to right field from Ben Rounds led off the seventh inning which was then followed up with a walk for Mestre putting two Rox on base with nobody out. The runners would move up a base on a wild pitch, and Rounds would come around to score on an RBI ground out from Jack Murphy, giving Brockton their second lead of the game, a lead the Rox held for the remainder of the contest. Brockton would come around for an additional run in the 8th inning on a bases loaded hit by a pitch giving Brockton a two-run advantage.
The Suns were unable to get anything going in their home half of the night, with Brockton striking for their final two runs of the night in the 9th when Tommy Lapham doubled down the left field line to drive in two runs to put Brockton ahead 6-2. The Suns put two runners on in the 9th but were unable to take advantage of runners in scoring position and would eventually fall to the #3 seeded Brockton Rox from Wahconah Park.
The Suns travel to Brockton in game two of the FCBL playoffs tomorrow for a first pitch scheduled for 3:00 pm. If the Suns win tomorrow’s game in Brockton, the Suns will return home on Monday August 16 for game 3 in the best of three series. Should the Suns be unable to come up with a victory on Sunday, the season would conclude for Pittsfield, and the Rox would move into the FCBL championship series.