Friday August 10, 2012

Berkshire Eagle Staff

LEOMINSTER -- Ryan Deitrich belted three home runs and had six RBI to lead Pittsfield to a 9-6 win over the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, and end the Suns' inaugural Futures League season in style.

Pittsfield snapped a three-game losing streak with the win. The team finished the year at 27-25, two games behind fourth-place Brock ton. The regular season ends today, and the Suns finished out of the playoffs.

Shane Beauchemin picked up the win, tossing a three-hitter for five innings. Four more Pittsfield pitchers went an inning each to preserve the win.

Deitrich, who was carted off the field in a game with Martha's Vineyard, returned and smacked his first round-tripper in the first inning. Teammate Michael Rueger belted a double, and Deitrich brought them both home with the four-bagger. Travis Smith added an RBI single and it was 3-0, Pittsfield.

In the top of the fifth, Deitrich smacked a solo shot to give the visitors a 4-1 lead.

The Suns blew the game open in the top of the ninth. Rob McLam and J.J. Elseser singled, and Deitrich unloaded his third homer.

But Pittsfield wasn't done, as Jimmy Ricoy and Smith also hit home runs to give the visitors a 9-3 advantage. In the bottom of the inning, Wachusett's Joe Cronin hit his second home run of the year, a three-run shot, to cut the margin to 9-6.

Deitrich's three homers were almost half his season's total of eight, and he led the Suns in that category.


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Smith was 4-for-5 to push his average to .298.