(Pittsfield, MA) It was a sunny day to headline a first-time meeting between the Vermont Lake Monsters and the Pittsfield Suns at Wahconah Park. Game 1 would be headlined by both Cabot Maher and Tyler Fagler.
The Pittsfield Suns would lose inning 1 of this contest which is a rare home occurrence. That was thanks to Tom Vesosky getting a 1 out walk before a Noah Granet double and the later Pat DeSalvo 2 RBI single. Pittsfield did respond but only with 1 by the legs of Brendan Jones who fought for a walk as well as a stolen base. Nick Romano drove him in with a single to left.
That one inning was it for Cabot Maher finishing with 1 IP, 2 hits, 2 earned runs and 1 walk. He was replaced by David Hagaman who would go 1 inning as well but gave up zero hits or runs on 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.
The Pittsfield Suns would hit around in the bottom of the 2nd to take a 4-2 lead. It started with a Sean McLeod lead off walk. Michael Groves then singled ahead of an RBI double for Cole Palis. It would be a Jake Blinstrub sacrifice fly to bring in run number two. Alex Aguila would then walk before an RBI single from Brendan Jones. Tyler Fagler’s night ended in that inning as he went 1 2/3 innings giving up 4 hits, 4 earned runs and 4 walks to his 2 strikeouts.
Ian Parent, Tyler Faglers replacement, was stellar in relief and was a primary reason his team hung around in this one. He threw 4 1/3 in relief allowing 1 hit and striking out 5. His team gave him one run of support the rest of the way and that happened in the top of the 3rd. Christian Womble subbed in on the mound and got two quick outs. He then walked Chris Brown who scored after advancing on a wild pitch and being driven in by Pat DeSalvo who collected his third RBI.
The RBI single by Pat DeSalvo would be the only blemish on winning pitcher Christian Womble’s night. He went 3 more innings. He finished with a line of 4 innings pitched, 1 hit, 1 earned run, 5 walks and 4 strikeouts. Ryan Langford would get the save in this 4-3 victory as he walked two in his one inning but got his three outs. This Suns would then attempt their first doubleheader sweep of the season.
Written By Sammy St. Jean
The Pittsfield Suns and Vermont Lake Monsters met for the second game of a doubleheader, and it did not disappoint with a pitcher’s duel getting starter from the first pitch of the ball game. The two starters, Wyatt Cameron for the Lake Monsters and Kyle Roache for the Suns threw clean sheet after clean sheet, not allowing very many base runners for either side. The Lake Monsters threatened early but were unable to get on the scoreboard after back-to-back singles in the first, but Roache was able to work out of the jam for the Suns to keep Vermont off the scoreboard.
The Suns were able to get their first hit of the ball game in the third inning when Jack Thorbahn led off with a ground rule double that hopped over the right field fence to give the Suns a good scoring chance in the game. Pittsfield was unable to capitalize on Wyatt Cameron, whose books would close after that third inning, going three full innings giving up just one hit while recording one strikeout. While the pitchers stayed hot for the Lake Monsters, the Suns relief man Brett Wozniak came in relief of Roche, who went the first four innings giving up two hits, while walking none and striking out two, and took control of the ballgame for the Suns delivering two perfect innings of relief.
Vermont would score the first run of the game in the 7th inning off a Brian Hadden double to left field that scored Justin Rubin, who pinch ran for Chris Brown after Brown roped in single just before the RBI double from Hadden. With the Suns down by one heading into the bottom of the 7th, Joel Lara led the bottom half of the inning with a walk, followed by a stolen base and advancement on an error by the catcher Ethan Firestone, putting Lara on third with nobody out.
Jackson Appel would come in clutch for the Suns, hitting a SAC fly to deep center, scoring Lara easily to tie the game at one. Suns right fielder Javier Rosales wasted little time to get his pitch from relief pitcher Steven Miller and sent a soaring ball to deep center that went over the wall for a game winning walk off home run. For Rosales, it was his second home run of the season, and the Suns first walk off home run at Wahconah Park this season. Pittsfield would take the dramatic walk off winner by a final score of 2-1 and would sweep a doubleheader for the first time this season. Pittsfield in next in action on Tuesday June 29 when they travel to Nashua to take on the Silver Knights. Pittsfield returns home when they take on the New Britain Bees at Wahconah Park on Friday, July 2 for a 6:35 pm start time.
Written By Collin Quinn- Pittsfield Suns Color Commentator