Baseball roundup: Suns top Dirt Dawgs at home


PITTSFIELD — The Pittsfield Suns got their bats going early to pick up a 10-6 win against Wachusett on Sunday at Wahconah Park.

The Suns scored three runs in the first, two in the second and four in the fourth to build an early lead. The Dirt Dawgs put three runs across in the fifth and eighth inning, but could only get one runner on in the ninth before reliever Kevin Hassett got Grant Hoover to strike out swinging to end the game.

Eric Hamilton had a productive day at the plate for Pittsfield, going 2 for 4 with a home run, three runs batted in and one run scored. Hamilton hit a three-run homer in the first inning to get the Suns going.

Kevin Donati went 2 for 5 with a RBI and a run scored out of the lead-off spot, and Al Zachary went 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored as the designated hitter.

Craig Lacey got the win, pitching five innings. He gave up seven hits and three runs while striking out one and walking one.

Riley Sorenson took the loss, going just two innings while giving up five hits and five runs. Naushon Galbraith pitched three innings of no-hit baseball for the Dirt Dawgs in relief.

Pittsfield improves to 7-8 with the win. The Suns return to action on Tuesday at Torrington.


NORTH ADAMS >> The North Adams SteepleCats moved to 6-4 on the year with a win over the Keene Swamp Bats on Sunday at Joe Wolfe Field.

The SteepleCats did a majority of their damage in a six-run fourth inning, while the Swamp Bats mounted a furious comeback in the top of the ninth that ended with a pop-up by Brandt Stallings.

Braxton Wilks got the win, going five innings and allowing five hits on three strike outs. Five other pitchers split the final four innings to see out the win.

Keene out-hit North Adams in the loss with 10 hits to the SteepleCats' six, but the Swap Bats committed four errors in the loss.

Dustin Shirley went 1 for 4 at the plate with a pair of runs batted in, plating both of the runs on a single in the fourth inning that capped North Adams' scoring in the inning.

Edward Haus went 0 for 4 at the plate but did drive in a pair of runs, and Benjamin Bengtson went 2 for 5 with a pair of runs scored.

Andrew O'Brien took the loss for Keene, going four innings while giving up seven runs — six earned — on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Jordan Howard led the Swamp Bats at the plate, going 2 for 5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. He hit a three-run shot in the ninth inning that made the score 8-5. Jack Morock went 2 for 3 with a walk for Keene.

The SteepleCats are back in action on Tuesday with a home game against Plymouth.


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