(Pittsfield, MA.) - It was a rollercoaster of a home opener for the Pittsfield Suns as the first ever game against the New Britain Bees is settled with a home run derby.
After a 3 strikeout first for Izaiya Mestre, the fellow Pittsfield native Jack Cooney led the night off with a walk. He then advanced on a passed ball, a wild pitch, and finally Alexander Aguila hit a sacrifice ground out towards short to drive him in.
That score lasted until the bottom of the 6th as Mestre outdueled Joe Nemchek in an incredible pitcher's duel. Jake Blinstrub (Double), Nate Cormier (double) and Jake Hide (single) were the only players to get a hit off of these two. Izaiya Mestre went 6 complete innings allowing one hit and one walk while not allowing a run. He also tallied 9 of the teams 18 strikeouts.
Seth Werchan battled for a single in the bottom of the 6th after Mike Gervasi advanced to second on his own single and a throwing error. With Gervasi on third, the wild pitch from Nicholas Cannata allowed him to score the second run of the night.
Both Grant Nicholson and Jackson Atwood provided one inning in relief allowing no runs and striking out 2 holding the lead for the Suns.
The battle heated up in the top of the 9th when the Bees tied it up at 2. Cabot Maher started slow as he allowed 1 hit, 2 walks and 2 hit two batters. He did recover to keep the game tied as he struck out 3 including the last two batters of the inning.
The New Britain Bees threatened in the extra inning as they worked the bases loaded until Avery Mosseau struck out two, just like Maher, to end the inning.
Mike Gervasi was the derby hero as he put one out of left field for the only and deciding homer.
The Pittsfield Suns advance to 2-0 as they will play the Vermont Lake Monsters in their next contest on Friday May 28th at 6:35pm.