Wednesday July 18, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- For the second consecutive night, the Pittsfield Suns bullpen coughed up a lead. This time, the opposing bullpen gave it right back.

Travis Smith's one-out single with the bases loaded plated Chad Funkhouser with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Suns beat the Seacoast Mavericks 5-4 on Tuesday night at Wahconah Park.

After leading 3-1 early, the Mavericks scored a run in the eighth and two in the ninth inning to take a 4-3 lead.

Reliever Kevin Mayone walked Rob McLam and Funkhouser to open the home ninth. After Ryan Deitrich sacrificed the runners over, Brendan Slattery was walked intentionally to load the bases.

McLam scored the tying run when Jimmy Ricoy walked on four pitches. Then, after fouling off the first pitch, Smith singled to score the winning run.

Tuesday night, Jason Condit had his second consecutive quality start and left the game with a 3-1 lead. Visiting Seacoast scored a run in the top of the eighth and two more in the ninth en route to a 4-3 win at Wahconah Park.

On Monday night, the Suns had taken a 6-5 lead into the ninth only to give up three runs. On Tuesday, the Suns jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Condit gave up a run in the third but he cruised through five innings and Tito Marrero held the Mavericks scoreless through two innings.

After scoring the run in the eighth, Seacoast's Scott DeJong belted a two-run single off closer Adam Krebs in the ninth to give the Mavericks the lead.

That may have cost Krebs a save, but the ninth-inning rally gave him a win.

NECBL
Mountaineers 2, ‘Cats 0

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont knocked off the SteepleCats in a game shortened to six innings because of thunderstorms.

Alex Haines dominated the SteepleCats from the start. Haines (5-1) lowered his earned-run average to a league-best 0.51 in the shutout. He struck out 10 North Adams hitters in six innings and gave up only five hits.

Haines pitched himself out of several jams. Shane Klemcke, who went 3 for 3, was stranded at third in the first inning. In the fourth, he led off with a single and went to second on Jeff Roy's base hit. Haines bore down and struck out Brett Clements, Bryan Solomon and Sheehan Planas-Arteaga to end the threat without a run scoring.

Then in the sixth, Haines struck out Roy and Clements with a runner in scoring position.

Vermont got a run in the second on Ryan Karl's RBI single. The Mountaineers made it 2-0 on Rob Kelly's RBI single in the third.

The two teams will play each other tonight at Joe Wolfe Field.

Little League playoffs

PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield South will send two of its Little League All-Star teams into sectional play beginning tonight.

The 12-year old All-Stars will play at Westfield South tonight at 5:30 in the first game of the Section 1 tournament. Pittsfield South will return to Deming Field on Thursday to face West Boylston. On Friday, South will play Leominster National at a site to be determined.

In the 11-year old Section 1 tournament, Pittsfield South will play Westfield North at Deming tonight at 5:30. If Pittsfield South wins, it will play at Holden on Thursday at 5:30. But if South loses tonight, it would play at home on Friday against the loser of the Holden/Westfield game in an elimination contest.

Babe Ruth 14s final

WESTFIELD -- Pittsfield fell in the Western state final round, as Leominster rallied from three runs down for a 9-3 victory Tuesday.

Pittsfield led 3-0 in the second inning after Chris Tracy reached on an error to score Kevin Squires; Dan Carroll singled in a run; and Austin Houghtaling singled in another run.

Leominster, though, scored in three in the bottom of the fifth inning, and added a six-run sixth.

"It was the third or fourth time through our lineup," Pittsfield coach Eric Stone said. "They just started hitting us. We had a couple of errors, but they had a lot of hits."

Pittsfield was held to five hits.

AAU softball

The Western Mass. Shock improved to 13-1 with a win on Tuesday. Sarah Rayner got the win, splitting time in the circle with Marissa Avanzato.

Sierra Bailey drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning single that plated Miranda Voller. Bailey also had a triple while Kendall Frye had two singles.