Saturday June 9, 2012

Berkshire Eagle Staff

LEOMINSTER -- Two games into the Pittsfield Suns' inaugural Futures League season, Jimmy Ricoy is becoming a go-to bat.

The UMass-Lowell outfielder, who was 3 for 4 with a run batted in and two runs scored in the opener, had his second 3-for-4 night, hitting a pair of solo home runs as the Suns routed the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs 12-5 on Friday night.

It was the second consecutive night where the Suns compiled 13 hits. Six of those hits were home runs.

Ricoy, who made the Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie team as a freshman, had only two home runs for the River Hawks in a wooden bat league.

He hit his first home run in the fourth inning. It was a solo shot that followed a solo homer by Travis Smith. Smith's blast was the first home run in Suns history.

UMass-Amherst infielder Rob McLam also went yard for the Suns. His homer was a three-run shot in a five-run eighth inning that put the game out of reach.

Lots of balls left the park Friday night. Four different Pittsfield players homered while Wachusett had a third-inning three-run homer by Vin Teixeira.

McLam actually put the Suns up 1-0 on his RBI triple in the third inning, plating J.J. Elseser, who had been hit by a pitch with two outs.

The score was 5-3 after four innings when the long ball helped out the Suns. J.J. Elseser walked to lead off the inning. After McLam popped out, Paul Speicher walked. The runners moved up on a passed ball, which turned out not to matter because Ryan Deitrich belted a three-run homer to put the Suns up 6-5.

Ricoy got his second homer in the sixth inning and then McLam got his in the eighth. Speicher homered for the Suns in the eighth.

Shane Beauchemin scuffled through five innings to collect the victory. He gave up five runs on five hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Tito Navarro, who played first base in the opener, pitched two innings of shutout relief. He gave up a hit and struck out two. Mike Meszoros finished up, giving up a hit and a walk, but allowing no Wachusett hitters to score.

McLam, Speicher, and Smith all had two hits each for the Suns.