(Pittsfield, Ma) It would be a full crowd for a bit of fun before the fireworks here at Wahconah Park. It was Izaiya Mestre facing off against Wyatt Scotti on the mound.
The Pittsfield Suns would be taking the Johnny Wholestaff approach as Mestre delivered a 2 inning start where he gave up 2 hits (one to Connor Hujsak and a double to Sam McNulty) with 4 strikeouts. Christian Womble then came in and gave up 1 walk in his 1 inning of work. Nobody else reached base. Grant Nicholson was next and delivered another complete inning only allowing 1 hit to Brandon Fish. The assembly line continued as Ryan LaPierre came in for the 5th and came through with 1 strikeout as he allowed 2 hits in his 1 inning of work.
On the Nashua Silver Knights side it was little bit longer of a stay on the mound for Scotti. The results were the same as he went 3 2/3 innings where he gave up 3 hits, 1 walk and struck out 3. His replacement would be George Welch.
It would be against Welch that they were able to break open the 0-0 tie. The Suns were able to score with 2 outs as Jack Cooney crossed the plate following an E6. That error occurring after the official single from Nick Romano. George Welch’s night finished with 1 inning pitched where he gave up 2 walks and 1 unearned run. He struck out 1.
The next pitcher for the Suns would David Hagaman and he would get an early blown save as he gave up the Silver Knights first and only run. Shane McNamara was hit by a pitch with 1 out until a triple from Brandon Fish was able to bring him in to score. The game would be left tied as Hagaman finished with 1 inning pitched where he allowed 1 hit, 1 earned run and recorded 1 strikeout.
Gabe Driscoll was the next man on the mound for the Silver Knights as he took over for the bottom of the 6th. The Suns had an answer for him as Alex Aguila walked, Sean Mcleod reach due to a fielder’s choice mistake and Jake Blinstrub loaded the bases with a walk. Jake Miller would help the 2nd run of the day for Pittsfield score as he walked. It was Joel Lara next who drove in 2 on his single. That would cap off the scoring for the Suns as their lead was 4-1. Gabe Driscoll went 2/3 of inning as he gave up 3 earned on 1 hit, 3 walks and 1 strikeout. Graham Jeffries came from the pen to finish the inning.
Jake Thorbahn would come in for the Suns and recorded a hold. He went 1 full inning as he walked 1 and struck out 1. Jackson Atwood came into replace him.
Jeffries would go another for the Silver Knights and keep the score steady at 4-1. He finished with 1 2.3 innings pitched. He gave up 2 hits, walked 1 and struck out 3.
Jackson Atwood took over for the top of the 8th and held the score in place again. He gave up 1 hit and struck out 1 in his inning of work.
LT Pare would come in for the bottom of the 8th. He started strong with 2 strikeouts, but the Suns would find a 2 out answer. Trent Taylor walked and stole a base before Michael Groves was able to drive him in. Mike Gervasi then singled. Nate Cormier kept the inning alive thanks to an error at short which allowed Michael Groves to score. LT Pare would be done as he finished with 2/3 innings on 2 hits, 4 runs (1 earned), 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Matt Bergeron would be tasked with getting out of the inning and he would not be able to do so without a 2-run double for Caleb Shpur. The inning ended there, and the score was 8-1. Matt Bergeron’s final line was 1/3 inning where he gave up 1 hit.
Ryan Langford would be in line to close for the Suns and end the cycle of pitchers that Pittsfield had to offer. He struck out the first two batters he faced before hitting a brief rough patch. He gave up a single to Greg Bazzo and then hit Patrick Casserly with a pitch. That would be all though as Langford struck out Logan Ott.
The Suns would win 8-1 and improve to 20-11 on the season with a 1 game lead over the Brocton Rox in the standings. The Nashua Silver Knights would fall to 9-20. The Pittsfield Suns will be back in action on Tuesday the 6th as they take on the Worcester Bravehearts.