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Pittsfield, MA) It was a beautiful day following the heat for the double header in Pittsfield between the Suns and the visiting Nashua Silver Knights. Game started around 5:35pm and early on it was all Silver Nights.

Right in the top of the first a walk to Noah Lucier followed by two wild pitches set up Craig Corliss for the easy sacrifice fly which resulted in the first out and run of the game. Kyle Hannon then worked himself a single, followed by a Casserly walk. It was ultimately an error at first that brought in run number two in Hannon.

The Suns were able to get a little going in the 2nd inning as Mike Gervasi and Cole Palis struck for singles. They were however unable to score any runs as Guarino shut the door much like he did the rest of the night. He was able to work himself a gem, throwing 6 complete innings allowing 6 hits, 2 earned runs, while striking out 6.

Kyle Roche was the representative on the mound for the Suns. Aside from the first inning he did well. He went 4 complete innings allowing 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 5 walks and 2 strikeouts.

The Suns cracked into the score column in inning number 5. Nate Cormier hit a one out single before being driven in by Brendan Jones on a single of his own.

In the 6th inning the suns struck again, tying the game up at 2. Jake Blinstrub hit a lead off double only to be driven in by Jake Miller on a single. 

The top of the 7th would be the difference for the Silver Knights as they were able to strike for 4 runs. It was a Noah Lucier walk, Craig Corliss’s walk, Patrick Casserly’s double and a Lucas Carmichael single which would lead to those 4 runs.

The Pittsfield Suns tried to respond to the crooked number as Cole Wojtkowski scored on an errant throw. It was all for not as they could not manage another run and would fall to Nashua 6-3 in game 1.

Written by Sammy St. Jean

 Game 2

Although the Suns were unable to come up with a win in game one of the doubleheader, they were able to take control of game two of the night. Pittsfield saw brilliant starting, and relief pitching, as well as getting timely hits in the ball game to take down the Nashua Silver Knights 4-0.

A one, two, three inning got the Suns off the field quicky with a chance to capitalize on a leadoff single from Joel Lara in the first at bat for Pittsfield in game two. Pittsfield was unable to capitalize in their half of the first, as two runners were caught stealing in the inning, moving the game quickly into the second frame. Pittsfield’s bottom third of the lineup caught fire in the second half of the inning when Jackson Appel and Sean McLeod were put on via a walk and hit by a pitch, respectively. Seth Werchean capitalized for the Suns with two on and two out by ripping a two RBI double down the right field line. Pittsfield would take the early 2-0 lead.

Noah Lucier would lead off the third inning with a single for the Silver Knights, but little did Nashua know that this would be the one and only hit they would get in the seven-inning ball game. The Silver Knights were unable to solve the dominating pitching performance of Suns starter Grant Nicholson, who went the first five innings, giving up just the one hit, while walking two and striking out nine Silver Knights.

The Suns were able to pick up their starter by collecting two more runs for some added insurance in the 5th inning when Joel Lara got on base through a walk which further led to an RBI double from Brendan Jones, who knocked in Lara to take the 3-0 lead. Jackson Appel batted next, and would deliver for the Suns, connecting on a single to drive in Jones, doubling the Suns lead to 4-0.     

Pittsfield would close out the game with Jack Thorbahn, who came in relief of Nicholson, and was just as effective for the Suns setting the Silver Knights down quickly in the 6th inning, while doing the same in the 7th to close out the game for the Suns. Thorbahn went the final two innings without giving up a hit and striking out four on Nashua. Pittsfield would close their small three game homestand with a win over the Nashua Silver Knights 4-0.

The Suns are back in action tomorrow night, as they travel to New Britain Stadium to take on the Bees, before returning home on Saturday night for a 6:05 pm start time against the same New Britain Bees.

Written by Collin Quinn-Pittsfield Suns Color Commentator