Photo Gallery | Post 68 tops Springfield at Wahconah Park
PITTSFIELD — After suffering their first loss of the season Tuesday, Pittsfield Post 68 coach Pat Bassi challenged his players to improve their effort Wednesday against Springfield. The team responded, getting a strong start from pitcher Sam Fick and early offense from its bats on the way to a 7-0 win at Wahconah Park.
Fick allowed a hit to the first batter he faced, but bounced back to retired the next 15 Springfield batters. Patrick Colvin and Michael Hurley pitched hitless innings in relief, completing the one-hitter for Post 68. Fick struck out two in the start and Hurley struck out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh.
"We needed the bounce back after a lazy loss yesterday," Fick said. "Everybody needed to get some energy into them, so I wanted to go out there and give them a nice way to walk back into it. Let our hitters hit, get a couple runs on the board and feel relaxed."
In the midst of eight games in seven days, Fick's economical 57-pitch performance ate up innings while allowing him to be available later in the week.
Simon Nassif started the scoring for Pittsfield in the bottom of the first, plating Jack Cooney with an RBI single. Brett Murphy followed with a bloop single into center field, allowing Matt Schneider to score. Once runners were on base, Pittsfield had the green light to swipe bases all game. Nassif scored from third on a delayed double steal later in the first and Cooney added a two-RBI single in the second after Colvin and Abdiel Cotto used stolen bases to move into scoring position. The hosts stole six bases in the first three innings.
Murphy's double leading off the third set up a sacrifice play from Izaiya Mestre. In the fourth, Nassif intentionally ran into a rundown, allowing Chad Shade to score from third for the final run of the game.
Murphy had two hits, a run scored and one steal. Cooney had one hit, two RBI, two steals and one run scored. Cotto and Colvin each reached base twice and had a steal.
"It kept our confidence going," Murphy said of scoring runs early. "Yesterday we couldn't get any key hits when we needed them. ... Today, when there were players in scoring position we got them in when we needed to."
Murphy added that Bassi's message of needing improved energy was received loud and clear. He said the team took the loss as a learning experience and hopes to build off Wednesday's win.
With road games against tough West Springfield and Aldenville teams this weekend, Bassi said his team must continue to play with energy moving forward.
Jake Flynn gets the start against Agawam tonight. Mestre will take the mound Friday against West Side.
Kevin Andino (2), Wilson Rua (1), Felix Delgado (1), Kevin Barreto (1), Elian Almanzar (1) and Josh Rodriguez. Sam Fick (5), Patrick Colvin (1), Michael Hurley (1) and Matt Schneider. W — Fick. L — Andino. 2B — Brett Murphy.
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