The Pittsfield Suns did make an appearance, albeit a short one, in the Futures League playoffs this summer. However, two Suns alumni earned a championship ring.
Pitcher Matt Timoney and catcher Anthony Corona were both members of the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, the team that dethroned two-time league champion Nashua earlier this month.
Timoney, who was a reliever for former Suns manager Jamie Keefe in 2012, went 5-3 in 9 starts and 10 games for the Sharks this summer. Timoney had a 3.22 earned-run average and struck out 47 in 61 1/3 innings, while walking 20.
He was the winning pitcher in the championship game, going 6 innings and giving up two runs on 11 hits as the Sharks beat the Silver Knights 6-3. Nashua had won the first two Futures League titles.
Corona, who played for the Sharks in 2011 and the Suns last year, returned to the Vineyard as a coach after finishing his college career at Division II LIU-Post.
"I knew right from the start, when I got to college, that this is something I wanted to get into," said Corona. "It’s been a really good ride. I’m enjoying it.
"I played out there two years ago and when [team owner Jerry Murphy] asked me to come back, I jumped at the opportunity."
The Futures League has not put out its All-Star team yet, but the Sharks dominated the various postseason award categories.
Shortstop Dylan Tice was the league’s most valuable player and top defensive player, Bob Carbaugh was the pitcher of the year and Mike Miller was named manager of the year.
The league’s top pro prospect was Brockton’s Mitch Elliott and Cody Rocha of Nashua was the reliever of the year.
One former Suns player made a big statement this summer on Cape Cod.
Left-hander Matt Gage, who joined the Suns after the 2012 season started, shared the most outstanding pitcher award with the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod League.
Gage, who is going into his junior season at Siena, pitched in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game, and finished up with a 4-2 record as a starter. He had a 3.89 ERA, struck out 40 and walked only seven in 34 2/3 innings of work.
The NECBL has given out its postseason awards and named its All-Star team.
North Adams SteepleCats second baseman Joe Landi earned first-team All-NECBL honors and won the league’s batting title with a .348 average. SteepleCats pitcher Scott Squier was named to the league’s second team after leading the NECBL with 70 strikeouts in 69 innings.
The league’s MVP was outfielder J.P. Sportman of Keene, while Swamp Bats pitcher Nathan Kirby was named the rookie of the year and the league’s top pro prospect.
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