(Pittsfield, Ma) We wondered weather (yes I spelled it wrong on purpose) or not we would play due to the heavy rain during the afternoon. The skies cleared just in time, and we played ball. It was an impactful matchup between the Pittsfield Suns and Worcester Bravehearts. It was headlined by Jack Mullen and Max LeBlanc.
The scoring started early as both teams put up a 2 in their first frame. For the Bravehearts it was 3 straight hits to lead off the game for those 2 runs. Randy Flores led off with a single before Dakota Harris doubled to drive him in. Gavin Noriega was up next and wasted no time as he singled to left for the second run. The Suns did it by way of a lead off hit as well. Seth Werchan did not need to be driven in though as he homered on the third pitch. Jake Blinstrub would be the next run as he reached on an errant transfer in center by Riley. He then stole two bags and scored on an error by the catcher Maloney.
The wait lasted until the 4th for us to see some more scoring. It would come from the Pittsfield side who were led off with a single from Sean McLeod. Michael Groves would single next before both were driven in. Werchan brought in McLeod with a sacrifice fly to right while Trent Taylor doubled to left in order to drive in Groves. LeBlanc’s night ended there. He went 4 innings pitched where he allowed 6 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 4 walks and 7 strikeouts.
The response from Worcester was swift as a chaotic 5th inning brought us back to even at 4-4. Nick Martin singled to lead off and advanced to third due to an error by Mullen on a pickoff as well as an error by Aguila. This also put Michael Perales on first. Randy Flores flew out to left which brought in Martin. A wild play that included 2 errors (1 from Cox and another from Groves) brought Perales all the way around to score the 2nd run of the inning. Jack Mullen finished there going 5 innings with 6 hits, 4 runs (2 earned), 1 walk and 7 strikeouts.
Zach Begin and Jackson Atwood were great in relief for the next 3 innings. Begin went 1 innings with 1 hit, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Atwood stayed in for 2 innings and struck out 2 on 0 hits or walks.
The difference would be LJ Keevan and the top of the 9th. Keevan went 5 full in relief where he put on a show. Keevan struck out 7 in a row in his 2 hit and 10 strikeout performance. His team rallied behind him which began with Nick Martin’s leadoff single. A Dakota Harris single would bring him in. Gavin Noriega drove in the last run of the game as Randy Flores, who walked, scored thanks to a fielder’s choice.
The Suns fall out of first place as they return to action tomorrow to try and take it back. They play Brockton on the road at 5:00 pm.
Sammy St. Jean