Pittsfield Suns even record at 2-2 before rainout Sunday


PITTSFIELD — The first weekend of the Pittsfield Suns season has followed the famous quote by the character Nuke LaLoosh in the movie "Bull Durham."

"Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains," is the quote from one of the best baseball films ever.

So over the weekend, the Suns lost one, won a game and had Sunday's game at Wachusett rained out. There is no makeup date yet, but the Suns do return to Leominster on July 3, and could make it up then.

But on Saturday night, the Suns displayed some power and rallied to beat the Nashua Silver Knights 9-8, before a crowd of 1,462 at Wahconah Park. The win evened the Suns' record at 2-2.

The Suns have Monday off and return to Wahconah Park Tuesday morning for the annual School Day Game against Worcester.

Pittsfield had four extra-base hits in Saturday's game, Eric Hamilton had two of them, a double and a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Al Zachary had a home run, his second of the year, while Colin Ridley hit a triple.

The two home runs set a club record for the earliest home runs hit by the home team at Wahconah Park. Last year, Ryan Olmo hit the first Suns homer at Wahconah Park on June 17, almost two weeks into the 2015 season.

UMass-Amherst pitcher Kevin Hassett gave up four runs, three earned on two hits in 1 1/3 innings, but was bailed out by some late-game offense.

Hassett gave up two hits and a walk in the eighth, including an RBI single to Cameran Cruz. Suns manager Tom Conley pulled Hassett for Babson's Matt Cuneo.

Cuneo struck out Williamstown native Mike Geannelis but gave up RBI singles to Cam DiSarcina and Harry Robertson, as Nashua took an 8-7 lead. Ryan Sullivan followed with a single, but Pittsfield left fielder Tyler Brosius threw DiSarcina out at home to end the inning.

Aubrey Solomon came on to pitch for Nashua in the eighth inning, and hit leadoff batter Tom Hughes. Hamilton saw only one pitch, and sent it out of the park for his first home run of the season, and second of the game for Pittsfield. Zachary had hit a two-run home run in the first inning for the Suns.

Declan Cronin pitched the ninth for Pittsfield. The right-hander from Holy Cross struck out Chris Sullivan to lead things off. Luke Glancy reached on an error by Brosius in left and took second on a wild pitch. But Cronin retired Anthony Fava and Brett Evangelista to pick up his first save. Evangelista struck out. Cuneo got credit for the win.

It's been a pretty good start of the Futures League season for Hamilton and Colin Gimblet, as both have had hits in each of Pittsfield's four games.

Hamilton, from SUNY-Oswego, is 8 for 19 with six runs scored and five runs batted in. Glmblet, from Towson, is 6 for 16 with a run scored and six RBI.


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