(Pittsfield, Ma) Pittsfield and Brockton. Winner takes a trip to Vermont for game 1 of the finals. Both teams were fired up pregame and the game was sure to see quite a battle. Jack Mullen took the mound for the Suns against Jack Snook.
The Pittsfield Suns kicked the party off with a few runs in the first inning. It was led off by Joel Lara who singled. Jack Cooney then scored him on a triple before Jake Blinstrub hit a sacrifice fly to score Cooney. It would be 2-0 after one frame.
The Rox announced their presence in the very next inning. It was a lead off single for JP Olson who would score on a wild pitch. Pat Roshe also singled and scored on a wild pitch in the inning. The Rox took a 2-run lead in the 3rd inning thanks to Ben Rounds. Jacob Studley singled and then scored on a 2-run blast from Rounds. Jack Mullen would go one more inning and finish with 4 full. He gave up 8 hits, 4 earned runs, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
It would just be an extra 1/3 of an inning for Snook who tallied 4 1/3 innings giving up 2 earned runs. He also had 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. The Rox expanded their lead in the top of the 6th off the bat of Ben Rounds again. Nick Mistone and Jacob Studley scored on an errant throw home from short. Brockton led 6-2.
The Suns responded in the bottom half of the inning. And respond they did. After 5 scoreless innings the Suns took the lead. It would start with 4 straight singles. Mike Gervasi, Nate Cormier, Caleb Shpur and Anton Lazits all singled. Shpur and Lazits brought in 2 runs which brought the score to 6-4. Joel Lara then hit a 3-run big fly to take the lead. The Suns were not done there. Jack Cooney then singled before Jake Blinstrub walked. Jack Thorbahn singled to bring home Cooney in Thorbahn’s second at-bat of the inning. The Suns led 8-6 after the 6-run explosion. Eddie Curley finished his night in relief during that inning. He tallied 1 out in the inning and 3 outs total. With 1 complete inning Curley allowed 4 hits, 4 earned runs and had 2 strikeouts. Avery Mabe replaced him and gave up the 3-run blast to Lara. His final line would be 1 1/3 innings with 4 hits, 2 earned runs and 1 walk allowed. Ryan Wiltse got the Rox to the 9th inning without another run as he had 4 straight strikeouts.
After 4 successful innings for Stephan Quigley on the mound Matt Gedman put the game in his hands for a final inning. That was certainly the right choice. His final line in relief was 5 full innings, 6 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 0 walks and 8 strikeouts. Stellar. He shined brighter than the Sun and Pittsfield Suns are going to Vermont.
Sammy St. Jean