PITTSFIELD, Mass.- The Pittsfield Suns defeated the Vermont Lake Monster’s Thursday afternoon in front of a paced Wahconah Park as the offense continued to roll in a 15-11 win for the Suns. Pittsfield has now won five games in a row.
The Suns did not get off on the right foot in the ball game, as Vermont needed just one hit to get three runs in the top half of the first inning. Vermont was able to take advantage of some early errors by the Suns to give the Lake Monsters a very early 3-0 lead. The Suns would respond in the second inning however, when Jake Blinstrub doubled to right field, followed by a SAC fly from Pittsfield native Jack Cooney to cut the Lake Monsters deficit to one run, at 3-2. The Suns bats would explode in the home half of the third inning as Christian Womble was able to settle onto the Wahconah Park bump after the first inning blip nicely. In the bottom of the third, Brendan Jones would plate two on a 2 RBI double to give the Suns their first lead of the night. Jones’s at bat was followed by a fielder’s choice groundball from Jake Blinstrub, who would come around to score in the inning on a home run from Mike Gervasi to give the Suns a 7-3 lead.
The Suns offense would not stop there, as Brendan Jones would come around and rip another two RBI double to put the Suns ahead by six runs. Vermont would grab two runs in the away half of the 5th, as the FCBL’s hottest hitter Ethan Anderson reached on an error to score one Lake Monster. Brian Shaub would hit a SAC fly in the same inning to give the Lake Monsters some extra life, making the score 10-5.
Pittsfield’s offense continued to shine as Brendan Jones continued his dominating night, grabbing an RBI single for his 5th RBI of the ball game. Cabot Maher’s SAC fly would score another Suns run to keep the bats moving in the Pittsfield lineup. SS Nate Cormier would also continue his hot streak at the plate, grabbing two singles and a double in the early goings.
To round out the night, Jack Thorbahn, would pick up an RBI rope single to score the 14th run for the Suns. Pittsfield would take advantage of a wild pitch to score their final run of the game with 15. In total, the Suns would collect 15 runs on 14 hits, including a 3/5 night with 5 RBI from Brendan Jones, and a 4/5 night from Nate Cormier, who scored four Pittsfield Suns runs in the contest. Pittsfield has now won five in a row, and eight out of their last ten ball games. The Suns remain at home on Friday August 6 to take on the Brockton Rox.
-Collin Quinn- Pittsfield Suns Color Commentator