PITTSFIELD >> Al Zachary drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to hand Pittsfield a 3-2 walk-off win over Martha's Vineyard on Thursday night. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Suns (11-13).
Brian Moskey scored the winning run after drawing a walk in the first at-bat of the inning. All three Pittsfield baserunners reached on walks in the frame, with Colin Gimblet and Thomas Hughes also reaching on walks issued by Martha's Vineyard pitcher Dalton Rice.
Matt Cuneo got the win in relief after pitching 1 2/3 innings for the Suns. He struck out two on no walks and no hits. Ryan Simpler took the start for Pittsfield and went six innings, striking out eight on three hits. Martha's Vineyard scored both of its runs off of Kevin Hassett in the eighth, which temporarily put the Sharks up 2-1.
In the bottom of the eighth, Hughes tied the game up on a sacrifice fly which plated Trent Bryan. Hughes was also involved in the first Suns run of the game, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Eric Hamilton.
Jack Nelson started for Martha's Vineyard and went seven innings, striking out nine on five hits.
Zachary went 3 for 4 at the plate in addition to his drawn walk in the ninth. Hughes finished 2 for 3. For Martha's Vineyard, Dillon Nelson went 2 for 4.
The Suns are back in action tonight at Torrington.
Cal Ripken Baseball
BERKSHIRE ALL-STARS WIN 11U DISTRICTS
On Wednesday, the 11U Berkshire All-Stars won the Cal Ripken 11U All-Star Districts over Lanesboro, rallying to win the final two games of a best-of-three series.
The Berkshire All-Stars are led by manager Scott Sibley and coaches Cliff Flynn and Rick Armstrong.
On Monday, Lanesboro took Game 1, 16-12. Lanesboro got production from the entire lineup, scoring in every inning except the third. Gratton, Traversa and Doyle all had at least three hits. Doyle went 4 for 5, scoring four runs for Lanesboro. LeScarbaeu was the winning pitcher for Lanesboro. For Berkshire, Dylan Ely went 4 for 4 with two doubles and four RBI while Jeff Clifford went 3 for 3 with a pair of RBI.
Game 2 was on Tuesday in Lanesboro, which Berkshire won 9-3. Lanesboro took a 2-0 lead in the first on three consecutive hits, with both runs scoring on a double by Gendrone. Lanesboro scored its run in the second inning. Berkshire tied the game in the fourth on a big hit by Charlie Jaferian. Berkshire took the lead for good in the fifth on a two-run single by Evan Trombley. Trombley then put the game to bed in the sixth on a two-run double. Michael Naventi went the distance for Berkshire, giving up only one hit after the first inning and finishing with four hits, three strike outs and no walks.
Wednesday, Berkshire returned home and won 7-3. Berkshire was finally able to get on the scoreboard first, taking a 3-0 lead after the first inning. Trombley and Braxton Crandall both went 2 for 3 for Berkshire, while Ely went five innings, striking out three, giving up one walk and seven hits and one earned run before Cliff Flynn came in and closed out the last inning
Berkshire and Lanesboro both advance to the 11U Western Mass. State Tournament which will be played in Pepperell, MA beginning July 16th