SUNS burn Sea Unicorns

(Pittsfield, Ma) In a day threatened by rain, the Suns face off against the Sea Unicorns for a scheduled 2 games. Game 1 would be headlined by Izaiya Mestre and Camren Varney.

            The first run would be for the Suns. Joel Lara doubled in the bottom of the 2nd to bring home Mike Khoury. Jake Miller was tagged out at home on the same play. The Suns struck for more runs in the next inning. They scored 4 more which started with a Jake Blinstrub walk. Brendan Jones then doubled. Blinstrub scored on a past ball in the Cabot Maher at bat before Maher went yard to score himself and Jones. Mike Khoury then walked with 1 out and would later score following 2 straight singles from Tyler Cox and Jake Miller. The score was 5-0. Varney’s night ended there after 3 innings. He would give up 6 hits, 5 earned runs, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts.

            The Sea Unicorns got to Mestre for a crooked number of their own in the 4th. It started with a Tyler Wells walk and an Ian Battapaglia single. Wojtkowski committed an error on Keefe’s grounder before Jack Blake drove in 2 on a single. Another error from Wojtkowski on a ball hit from Torniero would lead to another unearned run as Norwich would trail 5-3. Mestre went 1 more inning and finished with 5 complete. He allowed 7 hits, 3 runs (1 earned), 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.

            Ryan Langford came in relief and the Sea Unicorns quickly got to him. A lead off single from Gianni Zarilli and a 2-out double from Hunter Yaworski plate another run in the 6th as Norwich looked for a comeback.

            The Suns got that run back off Caldwell. Jake Blinstrub was hit by a pitch and was quickly driven in by Brendan Jones on a double. Ryan Langford was then set up with a 2-run lead in his 2 inning save attempt. He would do so successfully, and the Suns win game 1 6-4.


Game 2

(Pittsfield, MA) After a big time win for the Suns in game 1, they look for the sweep while the Sea Unicorns look for revenge. Connor Davey and Grant Nicholson were set to face off for the all-important game 2.

            The Suns found 2 in the 1st inning. It was 2 walks to Joel Lara and Jackson Appel. Jack Thorbahn doubled to bring home both base runners for an early 2-0 lead. The Suns would pile it on in the 2nd to end Davey’s night. It was 3 straight walks after out number 1 as Nate Cormier, Anton Lazits and Joel Lara would reach on the free pass. After one fielder’s choice Jackson Appel would walk to score Lazits. Jack Thorbahn drove in 2 more runs for the Suns on a single before Gervasi brought in another on a single of his own. Seth Werchan was hit by a pitch after Davey was pulled. Caleb Shpur was hit as well on the first pitch from Tommy Hughes. Cormier would walk and Lazits would single before the inning ended. After a 9 spot in the bottom of the 2nd the Suns led 11-0. Connor Davey would finish with 1 2/3 innings pitched where he allowed 3 hits, 8 earned runs, 6 walks and 2 strikeouts.

            They wasted no time adding on to it in the next inning. Blinstrub led off with a single. Appel would single as well and Thorbahn was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A sac fly from Gervasi scored 1 and Seth Werchan hit a 3-run home run to make the score 15-0. Hughes only finished with 2/3 of an inning pitched where he gave up 4 hits, 7 earned runs, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.

            Eddie Kaftan finished the inning and would end there. He pitched 2/3 innings as well. He only gave up 2 hits.

            Grant Nicholson was done after 4 innings. He allowed 2 hits in contest. Nicholson also walked 3 and struck out 6. Peter Philips threw a 2 hit, 1 strikeout inning of relief before Zach Begin came into the game to finish it up.

            1 Run was scored against Begin on a steal of home, but the final score is 15-1. The Suns improve to 31-23 and the Sea Unicorns fall to 25-33. The Suns will be back in action Tuesday at the Worcester Bravehearts.


Sammy St. Jean