(Pittsfield, Ma) If you like pitching, if you love big flies, or if you like a back-and-forth contest this was certainly the game for you. Coming into this contest it was a battle between Grant Nicholson and Aidan Dunn on behalf of the Pittsfield Suns and the Westfield Starfires for game 1 of the doubleheader.
After a scoreless first for Nicholson the offense came out to offer their support. Sean Mcleod had a one out walk to get things going. Cameron Johnson followed that up with a walk before Javier Rosales, Nick Romano and Trent Taylor provide 3 triples to cap off the first. They led 4-0 after the first frame.
It would be 5 straight runs for the Westfield Starfires over the next 4 innings. In the top of the 2nd Hunter Pasqualini led off with a single before Cody Bey added one of his own. They then loaded the bases as Patrick Dillon walked. It would be two bases reloading walks that brought in 2 runs for the Starfires as Christian Beal and Cole Bartels were rewarded for their patience.
In the 4th inning Westfield struck for 2 more runs as Patrick Dillon led the inning off with a walk. Christian Beal would then reach on an error before Bartels ad Brown hit back to back singles. Mixed into a fielder’s choice was two walks from Jack Gallagher and Hunter Pasqualini that would bring in those 2 runs. This would do it for Grant Nicholson as he went 3 2/3 giving up 4 runs (3 earned), 5 hits, and striking out 3 to his 7 walks.
The rally was not done for the Starfires as they came back in the top of the 5th to score one more and take the lead. Cody Bey hit a lead off single and would score following two errors in the inning for Pittsfield.
The Pittsfield Suns would take full control of the scoring for the rest of the game as it was a 1 out homer from Jack Cooney that tied the game at 5. Cameron Johnson then came through with a double before being driven in on a 2-run blast from Javier Rosales. Aidan Dunn’s night was also done as he finished with 5 complete innings allowing 7 runs, 8 hits (5 doubles and 2 home runs), and 1 walk to his 4 strikeouts.
In that 7-5 contest the Suns were not satisfied. Trent Taylor led off the bottom of the 6th with a home run of his own. Jack Thorbahn walked next and scored later in the inning thanks to a Sean Mcleod sacrifice fly. This pushed their lead to 9-5 which would be the final.
In the end Aidan Dunn would receive the loss while Ryan LaPierre picked up the win for the Suns. Ryan LaPierre would finish with 2 1/3 innings pitched giving up 1 run on 1 hit. Cabot Maher only needed 3 batters in the 7th to close out the game.
Sammy St. Jean
PITTSFIELD, Mass.- The Suns were unable to take game two of the double header on the night against the Westfield Starfires after taking an early lead but surrendering late runs in the final innings to close out a long doubleheader of baseball from Wahconah Park on Friday night. The Suns sloppy defense costed them in the loss.
Pittsfield got the runs going early in the first inning when Seth Werchan came to the dish and launched a no doubt grand slam over the right field wall to give the Suns the 4-0 lead. The Suns however were unable to build off that lead and their middle inning woes continue. A fielder’s choice would get the Starfires on the board in the second, cutting their way through their deficit against the Suns.
Westfield would add another run in the third inning when Jaden Brown continued his tear of the baseball at Paul Dowd Field, getting credit with an RBI single to cut the lead in half, with the Suns still leading 4-2. Pittsfield native Izaiya Mestre took the ball for the Suns in game two and pitched the first five innings, giving up eight hits and four runs (two earned) while walking two and striking out four. Westfield would come out with two runs in the fifth inning to close the books on Mestre after another fielder’s choice followed by a sacrifice fly to tie things for Westfield.
Westfield would take the lead in the final frame of the night, the top of the 7th when Sean Burychka doubled to center, followed by a SAC fly by Henry Martinez to score another, putting the Starfires ahead by two runs with three outs to go for the Suns. In the bottom half of the 7th however, it was the offense coming alive for the Suns, sparked by an error by Westfield off the bat from Jake Blinstrub that scored one followed by a SAC fly that plated the tying run by Jackson Appel.
The Starfires would come out in the extra frame in a big way, plating the final three runs of the game, taking the game 9-6 over the Suns. Pittsfield was doubled in hits 14-7, and committed five errors in the game, a season high. The Suns take on the New Britain Bees on Saturday, before returning home to face the Worcester Bravehearts on Sunday, June 20 at Wahconah Park, with first pitch set for 4:35 pm.
Written by Collin Quinn-Pittsfield Suns Color Commentator