(Pittsfield, MA) The Suns are hot, 8-2 in their last 10 looking to extend their lead over the Rox for second place. The 2 vs 3 in the FCBL standings faced off in this contest as Tyghe Healy took on Ryan Bruning.
The Suns were able to break into the score column in the 1st inning. It started with a lead off single from Brendan Jones before another double on the season from Jack Thorbahn, now known as MR. Extra Bases.
After 1 time through the order and 3 1-2-3 innings the Rox broke up a perfect game bid in a big way. Luca Danos hit a lead off single before Nick Mistone walked. Michael Golankiewicz then drove in the 1st run on an RBI double to center. Jacob Studley walked before Pat Roche cleared the bases. He hit a grand slam on the 1-0 fastball which took the lead 5-1. Tyghe Healy’s night would be done after 4 innings. After a perfect 3 his final line would be 4 innings, 3 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Jackson Atwood was his replacement.
The score would not change over Jackson Atwood’s 2 inning appearance. He would allow 1 hit, 1 walk and record 1 strikeout over his 2 innings. Cabot Maher, his replacement, would take the next inning and that inning alone. He recorded 1 walk as he needed only 3 batters to get out of the 7th. Ryan Bruning was done after 7 innings as well but completing those on his own in a quality start. With 7 complete innings under his belt, he allowed 3 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. His relief Ryan Wiltse went 1 scoreless inning with 2 strikeouts. Jack Thorbahn did well in relief as well providing 2 shutout innings with 2 walks and a strikeout. That set up a save opportunity for Randall Perrin.
In the Bottom of the 9th the Suns started well and finished even better. A lead off double for Cabot Maher got things rolling. Jake Blinstrub reached base on an error before Seth Werchan singled. Maher would score on a wild pitch during Lazits’ at-bat. Cole Wojtkowski battled for a walk to reload the bases. Brendan Jones then brought in the next run on his groundout to first. It was free bags the rest of the way. Two walks in a row for Nate Cormier and Jackson Appel. Then, to win the game, 2 hit by pitches in row for Jack Thorbahn and Cabot Maher. The Suns tally their 71st hit by pitch to tie the league lead and win the contest. Final score is 6-5. Perrin’s final line would be 2/3 of an inning with 5 runs (1 earned), 3 walks, and 1 strikeout.
The Suns improve to 34-23 and will return to play tomorrow versus the Worcester Bravehearts at 6:30 pm.
Sammy St. Jean