PORTSMOUTH, N.H. >> The Pittsfield Suns are in the simplest, although not easiest, part of their season — win any and every game they play.
The Suns did that on Thursday, keeping their outside shot at a Futures League playoff place alive with a 6-3 win over Seacoast in New Hampshire.
The Suns struck for a run early, then posted all six of their runs before Seacoast got on the board with two in the seventh. Pittsfield's big inning was the fifth, where three runs crossed to bolster the lead.
Craig Lacey took the start and the win, going six innings for the Suns and striking out three on three walks and two hits. Gage Feeney, Liam Nolan and Alex Carusotto each pitched an inning of relief, with Carusotto striking out two and walking one to shut the door in the ninth.
At the plate, Kevin Donati kept his hitting streak going, going 2 for 3 with two runs scored and a run batted in. He also walked twice.
Eric Hamilton went 2 for 5 with four ribbies, including a three-run home run in the fifth.
The Suns are back in action Friday with a home game against Wachusett.
12U Cal Ripken Baseball
LANESBORO SPLITS IN TENNESSEE
PIGEON FORGE, TENN. >> The Lanesboro 12U Cal Ripken team started off the LeConte Experience showcase by splitting its opening two games, topping Erie, Penn. Silver in the opener 10-0 before falling to the Connelsville Thunder 9-6 in the afternoon.
In game one against Erie, Jack Cangelosi pitched four innings to earn the win, giving up four hits on three walks. Landen Jamula relieved him for an inning, giving up one hit.
At the plate, Oscar Low had two hits and two runs, Derek Paris had a double that drove in a run, two walks and three runs scored and Jack Gitterman added a double. Jamula also had a three-run home run to deep center, a single and a walk.
Against Connelsville, Lanesboro scored in four of the six innings but could not get enough offense rolling.
Jamula pitched the first inning and gave up four runs before leaving the game with elbow soreness. Paris took over and went 2 1/3 innings, and Low finished out the game.
Zach Davignon scored a run in the third when he wore a pitch, advanced on a couple of wild pitches then took home on another wild pitch.
Chase Doyle had an RBI single to plate Cangelosi in the fifth, then stole home to score a run himself.
In the sixth, Cangelosi hit a two-run single to finish off Lanesboro's scoring.
The Bulldogs are back in action Friday with two more games.