Chad Paronto throws a shutout in the opener for his first win of the year.
LITTLE FALLS, N.J. -- The Pittsfield Colonials split a two-game set with the New Jersey Jackals Wednesday, taking an early lead and cruising, 9-0 in the first contest, and being shut out 4-0 in the nightcap at Yogi Berra Stadium. Both were seven-inning games.
In the first game, the Colonials' Chad Paronto pitched a complete game to earn his first win of the year.
Paronto limited New Jersey to six hits, with the only extra base hit being a double by Kris Sanchez.
Pittsfield exploded out of the gate with five runs in the first inning. Quentin Davis and Matt Nandin both walked and Danny Bomback tripled them home to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. The next batter, Angel Molina, reached first on an error, although Bomback didn't advance.
That was all moot, however, as Billy Mottram drilled his third home run of the season to score three more runs.
Pittsfield added two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to complete the scoring.
Meanwhile, Paronto was cruising. He threw 87 pitches, on the night, 63 of them strikes. He did not walk a batter and struck out four for the win.
Bomback, Molina and Welch each had two hits for the Colonials.
In the second game, New Jersey scored all its runs in the first three innings. With two outs, Jersey's Leonard Davis tripled and came home on Myron Leslie's double to give the home side a 1-0 lead.
Nick Giarraputo blasted a home run to lead off the second inning for New Jersey's second score. In the third, Giarraputo struck again, powering a double to score Arganis Reyes and Myron Leslie.
Isaac Pavlik went the distance for the win, scattering four hits, striking out five and walking three. Pittsfield's David Qualben pitched a good game, allowing six hits, with three strikeouts and two walks.