(Pittsfield, Ma) Backs against the wall in a must win road game to keep the season alive. Those were the stakes tonight for the Suns as they went on the road to Brockton for game 2 of this best of three semi-finals. It would be Kyle Roshe for Pittsfield taking on Dillon Ryan of the Rox.
The Brockton Rox would strike first and second in this contest. The bottom of the 1st saw Luca Danos score. He reached an error at third before a single to center by Jacob Studley scored him. The 2nd inning was even better for the Rox as they struck for 3 runs. Erick Ramirez doubled in back-to-back nights as a leadoff hitter. He led the second frame off with that double ahead of Tommy Lapham reaching on an error at second. Luca Danos then walked to load the bases. Nick Mistone would drive 2 runs in on a single to center. Studley brought in another as the Rox led 4-0 early.
The scoring would then see a palindrome. The Rox scored 1 and then 3. The Suns would respond with 3 runs and then 1. The 3-spot all occurred with 2 outs. It started with 2 walks to Stephen Quigley and then Joel Lara. Jack Cooney singled in a chaotic play as a 2-base error in center and then an error by the pitcher saw Cooney, Lara and Quigley all score. In the 4th the Suns tied it up thanks to a sacrifice ground out to short by Mike Gervasi that brought in Jack Thorbahn. Thorbahn doubled to lead off the inning.
A scoreless 5th would bring an end to Roshe’s night. He went 5 full where he allowed 4 hits, 4 runs (1 earned), 3 walks and 7 strikeouts. In the 6th Ryan’s night would end, but not before the Suns put the lead stealing runner on. Ryan was replaced after a Cabot Maher single who would later score on an error at third. His final line was 5 1/3 innings pitched with 4 hits, 5 runs (2 earned), 2 walks and 10 strikeouts. Mike Gervasi would be the first batter to reach against the replacement Max Pierce. Later in the inning Max Gervasi scored on a wild pitch. Max Pierce would only go 2/3 of an inning with 1 hit and 1 unearned run.
The 7th inning was stressful for Holden Ferrari, but fortunately for him none of the 3 hits or walks were scored. His team scored 1 run in the bottom half of the inning to make it a 1-run ballgame. Ben Rounds brought in the 5th run for the Rox on a sacrifice fly to left that brought home Nick Mistone.
The bullpen for the Suns was stellar as Ryan Langford gave up 1 unearned run in 3 innings of work. Ryan LaPierre and Stephan Quigley tag teamed the 9th inning that saw the bases loaded. Nobody scored and the Suns lived to fight another day.
A 6-5 win for Suns meant that the road team won both contests so far. Vermont swept their series versus Worcester, which brough clarity for the winner of game 3 tomorrow. The game will start at 6:35 in Pittsfield as the winner takes on the Lake Monsters in the finals.
Sammy St. Jean