SUNS fall to Starfires

(Pittsfield, Ma) After a long wait the Suns finally return to Pittsfield to face off against the Westfield Starfires. Jack Mullen starts for the Suns against Aiden Dunn of the Starfires.

            The Suns missed being at home and rewarded the fans with a run scored in the bottom of the first. They did so with 2 outs as Seth Werchan’s double to left brought in Javier Rosales who reached with a single earlier in the inning.

            Westfield would respond quickly. Cole Bartels singled and advanced on an error before Peter DeMaria drove him in for an unearned run.

            Did I mention that Pittsfield missed playing in Pittsfield? Well, they certainly hammered that point home in the bottom of the 2nd. Jake Blinstrub would walk in the leadoff spot and Cole Wojkowski would join him on the bases as he singled and advanced to second. Lara then walked to load the bases before Javier Rosales made his stamp on this game. That would be a grand slam as he drove one out quickly to left. The Suns led 5-1 after 2 frames.

            The scoring would stand pat there until the bottom of the 5th where the Suns were able to end Dunn’s night on the mound. Jackson Appel singled to lead off the inning before trading his spot-on 1st with Werchan on a fielder’s choice. Cabot Maher then singled to right and advanced to second while Werchan advanced home. Jake Blinstrub kept the inning rolling as he singled on the 3rd pitch to drive in Maher. The night for Aiden Dunn ended there as he went 4 and 1/3 giving up 10 hits, 8 runs (7 earned), 2 walks and striking out 4. The Suns were not Dunn yet as a Cole Wojkowski single would bring in Blindstrub. The score at the end of the 5th would be 8-1 Suns.

            The jokes and fun for the Suns would slowly end there. The next half inning would bring the end of Jack Mullen’s night. It would be back-to-back errors which finished off a tough final inning for Mullen who still had a strong start. He finished with 5 2/3 innings where he gave up 6 hits, 3 unearned runs, 3 walks and struck out 3. His replacement Stephen Quigley had a quality inning and 1/3 of relief where he walked 1 and struck out 2. The Suns even added a run of support in the 7th as Joel Lara singled to bring in Jake Blinstrub who also singled. That brought the score to 9-3.

            In the 8th the comeback truly began as the Starfires began their 7 unanswered run streak which marched them to victory. First in the top the 8th they scored 1 run thanks to Cam MacIntosh’s single, and Hunter Pasqualini’s ground out into a fielder’s choice. Grant Nicholson’s night was not bad as he finished there. He allowed 1 hit, 1 unearned run, 2 walks and he was able to strikeout 2. In the top of the 9th the whole game flipped on its’ head. Dan Hussey led off 4 straight walks which also include Jaden Brown, Cam Meyer and Cam MacIntosh. The ball was in Jack Thorbahn’s hands for those 4 walks. He would not record an out and had 4 runs credited to him. Ryan Langford came in with the bases loaded. He hit Peter Demaria before a passed ball and a Cody Bey ground rule, double due to the cautionary fencing in centerfield, tied the game. Henry Martinez would then single to drive in what would be the winning run.

            The Starfires win 10-9 and improve to 20-22. The Suns fall to 23-20 and will return to action tomorrow at 6:35pm against the red-hot Vermont Lake Monsters.


Sammy St. Jean