(Pittsfield, Ma) After the Suns dominated game 1 on the road they had an opportunity at home to secure their first ever FCBL title. For the Suns Tyghe Healy would take the mound. His opponent would be M.T Morrissey.
Healy would battle a bit with his command in the first. He started with a strikeout before two straight walks to Zach Landry and Brian Schaub. Back-to-back flyouts to center would get him out of that first frame. The Suns backed up their pitcher by finding a way onto the scoreboard. It would be a lead off walk for Joel Lara who would make it to 3rd on a stolen base and a Jack Cooney groundout to 3rd. A sacrifice fly to left field from Jake Blinstrub would bring him home for the first run of the ball game.
In the 2nd inning the Lake Monsters would tie it up. A walk to the leadoff hitter Andrew Bergeron would be the start. Colby Brouillette would single over Thorbahn to move Bergeron to 3rd. It would be a double play on Nick Marola’s groundball next, but Bergeron scored to tie the game. The Suns attempted to respond with a 1 out walk to Mike Gervasi. The bottom of the order would not capitalize as Gervasi would be stranded on 2nd.
Healy got the first batter of the inning to groundout to 2nd to start the 3rd. Schaub walked for the second time of the night before two consecutive strikeouts for Healy to end the top of the 3rd. The Suns started the 3rd inning with an Anton Lazits single up the middle. Joel Lara then walked before Jack Cooney was hit by a pitch. Jake Blinstrub then hit his second sacrifice fly, this time to center, to bring home Lazits. After another walk to Cabot Maher the Lake Monsters would go to the bullpen to bring in Wyatt Cameron. It would be a fielder’s choice RBI for Thorbahn as he brought home Lara. Gervasi almost brought in another run, but the line drive was snagged on the backhand by Evans in right. Morrissey’s line was done, and it was the command that hindered him. He went 2 1/3 innings where he allowed 3 earned runs on 1 hit, 4 walks and a strikeout.
The 4th inning gave the Lake Monsters their first lead. A 1 out single for Brouillette got things going. Marola singled as well before Tyler Pettit went big on a homer to left. The 3-run blast was almost snagged over the wall by Cooney. The score heading into the bottom of the 4th was 4-3 Lake Monsters. Pittsfield could not get anything going in the bottom half of the 4th as their only base runner was Nate Cormier who reach on an error. After 4 innings the Suns would bring in Ian Donahue for Healy. The final line for him would be 4 complete innings with 5 hits, 4 earned runs, 4 walks and 4 strikeouts.
In Donahue’s first inning of work the Lake Monsters got the best of him. Brian Schaub walked for the 3rd time to lead off the inning. Chris Brown then singled before a 2 RBI triple for Jimmy Evans. Evans would score on a sacrifice fly to left from Colby Brouillette. The Suns threatened in the 5th with two singles to start the inning from Cooney and Blinstrub. A 5-3-2 double play on a Maher groundball would spell the end of the threat. Thorbahn would flyout to center to end the inning.
The Lake Monsters put up their third consecutive crooked number to take Donahue out of the game. It started with a Tyler Pettit walk before Tyler Favretto singled. Landry would single to load the bases. Francis Ferguson would come in for Schaub to get an RBI on a 4-6 fielder’s choice ahead of a 2-run single from Chris Brown. It would be an error in right field that allowed the second run to score and for Brown to advance to 2nd. Ian Donahue would be replaced by the Sun’s DH in this game Cabot Maher. Maher would get his 2 outs, but the Lake Monsters still scored 3. The lead was 10-3. Donahue’s final line would be 1 1/3 innings 5 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), 2 walks and a strikeout. Pittsfield would finally find their way onto the board again in the bottom of the 6th. Nate Cormier hit an infield single with 1 out and would be brought home by Anton Lazits who singled. The score stood at 10-4.
A single and a walk threatened Maher in the 7th. It would be a 4-6-3 double play that got him out of that jam. The Suns again saw one base runner in the form of Jake Blinstrub who singled. He would be stranded after 3 groundouts ended the inning. Maher would be done after his 1 2/3 innings. He allowed 1 hit and 1 walk.
Anton Lazits would be his replacement and he did not fair well against this scorching hot Lake Monsters lineup. Francis Ferguson singled with one out before a walk to Chris Brown and a run scoring single for Jimmy Evans. Colby Brouillette brought home a second run in the inning to move the lead to 12-4. Pittsfield made a slight dent in the lead in the bottom half of the inning. A single from Cormier and Shpur got things going. Cormier would score on a sacrifice fly to right by Anton Lazits. Jack Thorbahn would replace Lazits for the 9th inning. Lazits went 1 inning where he allowed 3 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk and 1 strikeout.
Thorbahn came in and threw a shutdown inning in the 9th. He walked the first batter before getting 3 consecutive outs with the final 2 being strikeouts. In the 9th the Lake Monsters would finally take out Wyatt Cameron who was stellar. He went 5 2/3 innings with 7 hits, 2 earned runs and 2 strikeouts. It would be Will Hesslink to close out the contest for Vermont. He would give up a double to Cabot Maher and a single to Jack Thorbahn, but that would be all.
The final score was 12-5 in favor of the Lake Monsters. It will be win or go home tomorrow at Centennial field in Vermont.
Sammy St. Jean