North Adams SteepleCats pull away late; Pittsfield Suns falter at home

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NORTH ADAMS — After a rainout on Saturday, the SteepleCats returned home to pick up another victory.

North Adams put on the jets late to pull away and defeat Winnipesaukee 9-4 on Sunday at Joe Wolfe Field.

Brian Picone went 3 for 4 with four RBI, and local product Matt Koperniak hit is first NECBL home run of the season in the first inning. Koperniak's blast came with two outs and tied the game at 1-1.

Two innings later, Tre Kirklin singled and committed grand larceny, stealing second, third and then home after an Andrew Pedone walk. Kirklin stole four bases in the game, giving him 10 on the season. He also doubled and scored three times out of the No. 9 hole. That run, plus Pedone scoring on a Koperniak ground out gave started Alex Gomes some room to work. Kirklin and Pedone scored in the fifth as well — on RBI singles from Picone and Paul Komistek, making it 5-1.

Gomes went 5 and 1/3 innings to get the win, striking out nine against two walks and four hits. The Muskrats (5-15) got to him for two runs in the sixth, but Jimmy Loper entered and stranded runners on second and third. The bullpen finished things out from there, with Jacob Abbott striking out two in a scoreless ninth. He didn't register a save, though, as North Adams busting open a 5-4 game in the bottom of the eighth.

Picone came up against reliever Mark Levesque, who walked the bases loaded before the SteepleCats second baseman cleared them with a triple.

North Adams moves to 15-7.

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Winnepesaukee     100     002     010     —     4     8     0

North Adams     102     020     04x     —     9     9     2

Chris McGrory (4), Rhian Mann (3), Mark Levesque (2/3), Anthony Vlahovic (1/3) and Teddy Beaudet (8), Michael DeMartino (1). Alex Gomes (5 1/3), Jimmy Loper (1 2/3), Daniel Corvo (1), Jacob Abbott (1) and Sam Punzi. W — Gomes. L — McGrory. 2B — W (Coro, Minato, Cochrane, Martinez); NA (Trey Kirklin). 3B — NA (Brian Picone). HR — NA (Matt Koperniak).

Futures League

Brockton 7, Pittsfield 2

PITTSFIELD — The top two teams in the Futures League were on display Sunday evening at Wahconah Park.

While the Pittsfield Suns (18-13) didn't come away with a win, they still hold a one-game lead over the Brockton Rox (17-14).

Brockton turned a one-run game into a comfortable 7-2 victory with a three-run seventh inning. A pair of missteps in the field led to the rally, with Pittsfield committing an error and reliever Austin Genao letting a run score on a sour pick-off attempt.

The Rox went ahead 3-0 early on, before Jeff Boggess got Pittsfield back into the game with one swing of the bat. Boggess' second home run of the summer was a two-run jack that scored Jackson Petersn, who had just doubled. That was it for the run-producing Suns offense, though.

On Saturday, the Suns and Bristol Blues were tied 4-4 at the end of 10 innings, leading to a home run derby. Pittsfield out-blasted Bristol 7-6 to take the win. Jackson Petersen homered four times to start things off, and was followed by Taylor Becket, who hit three more. In regulation, the Suns were led by Caeden Trenkle, who tripled twice and had three hits out of the lead-off spot. Matt Malcom and Dan Baruch each had two hits and stole a base.

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Brockton     001     200     301     —     7     11     0

Pittsfield     000     200     000     —     2     5     2

John Mikosz (5), Jake Sanderson (4) and Marc Goulart. Ryan Langford (3), Michael Portela (3), Austin Genao (1), Andrew Karch (2) and Andrew Fernandez. W — Mikosz. L — Langford. Sv — Sanderson. 2B — B (Evan Sleight, Nick Shumski, Gaby Cruz); P (Mark Coley, Jackson Petersen, Jack Culumovic). HR — P (Jeff Boggess).

North Adams     102     020     04x     —     9     9     2

Chris McGrory (4), Rhian Mann (3), Mark Levesque (2/3), Anthony Vlahovic (1/3) and Teddy Beaudet (8), Michael DeMartino (1). Alex Gomes (5 1/3), Jimmy Loper (1 2/3), Daniel Corvo (1), Jacob Abbott (1) and Sam Punzi. W — Gomes. L — McGrory. 2B — W (Coro, Minato, Cochrane, Martinez); NA (Trey Kirklin). 3B — NA (Brian Picone). HR — NA (Matt Koperniak).

Futures League

Brockton 7, Pittsfield 2

PITTSFIELD — The top two teams in the Futures League were on display Sunday evening at Wahconah Park.

While the Pittsfield Suns (18-13) didn't come away with a win, they still hold a one-game lead over the Brockton Rox (17-14).

Brockton turned a one-run game into a comfortable 7-2 victory with a three-run seventh inning. A pair of missteps in the field led to the rally, with Pittsfield committing an error and reliever Austin Genao letting a run score on a sour pick-off attempt.

The Rox went ahead 3-0 early on, before Jeff Boggess got Pittsfield back into the game with one swing of the bat. Boggess' second home run of the summer was a two-run jack that scored Jackson Petersn, who had just doubled. That was it for the run-producing Suns offense, though.

On Saturday, the Suns and Bristol Blues were tied 4-4 at the end of 10 innings, leading to a home run derby. Pittsfield out-blasted Bristol 7-6 to take the win. Jackson Petersen homered four times to start things off, and was followed by Taylor Becket, who hit three more. In regulation, the Suns were led by Caeden Trenkle, who tripled twice and had three hits out of the lead-off spot. Matt Malcom and Dan Baruch each had two hits and stole a base.

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Brockton     001     200     301     —     7     11     0

Pittsfield     000     200     000     —     2     5     2

John Mikosz (5), Jake Sanderson (4) and Marc Goulart. Ryan Langford (3), Michael Portela (3), Austin Genao (1), Andrew Karch (2) and Andrew Fernandez. W — Mikosz. L — Langford. Sv — Sanderson. 2B — B (Evan Sleight, Nick Shumski, Gaby Cruz); P (Mark Coley, Jackson Petersen, Jack Culumovic). HR — P (Jeff Boggess).

Chris McGrory (4), Rhian Mann (3), Mark Levesque (2/3), Anthony Vlahovic (1/3) and Teddy Beaudet (8), Michael DeMartino (1). Alex Gomes (5 1/3), Jimmy Loper (1 2/3), Daniel Corvo (1), Jacob Abbott (1) and Sam Punzi. W — Gomes. L — McGrory. 2B — W (Coro, Minato, Cochrane, Martinez); NA (Trey Kirklin). 3B — NA (Brian Picone). HR — NA (Matt Koperniak).

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Futures League

Brockton 7, Pittsfield 2

PITTSFIELD — The top two teams in the Futures League were on display Sunday evening at Wahconah Park.

While the Pittsfield Suns (18-13) didn't come away with a win, they still hold a one-game lead over the Brockton Rox (17-14).

Brockton turned a one-run game into a comfortable 7-2 victory with a three-run seventh inning. A pair of missteps in the field led to the rally, with Pittsfield committing an error and reliever Austin Genao letting a run score on a sour pick-off attempt.

The Rox went ahead 3-0 early on, before Jeff Boggess got Pittsfield back into the game with one swing of the bat. Boggess' second home run of the summer was a two-run jack that scored Jackson Petersn, who had just doubled. That was it for the run-producing Suns offense, though.

On Saturday, the Suns and Bristol Blues were tied 4-4 at the end of 10 innings, leading to a home run derby. Pittsfield out-blasted Bristol 7-6 to take the win. Jackson Petersen homered four times to start things off, and was followed by Taylor Becket, who hit three more. In regulation, the Suns were led by Caeden Trenkle, who tripled twice and had three hits out of the lead-off spot. Matt Malcom and Dan Baruch each had two hits and stole a base.

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Brockton     001     200     301     —     7     11     0

Pittsfield     000     200     000     —     2     5     2

John Mikosz (5), Jake Sanderson (4) and Marc Goulart. Ryan Langford (3), Michael Portela (3), Austin Genao (1), Andrew Karch (2) and Andrew Fernandez. W — Mikosz. L — Langford. Sv — Sanderson. 2B — B (Evan Sleight, Nick Shumski, Gaby Cruz); P (Mark Coley, Jackson Petersen, Jack Culumovic). HR — P (Jeff Boggess).

Pittsfield     000     200     000     —     2     5     2

John Mikosz (5), Jake Sanderson (4) and Marc Goulart. Ryan Langford (3), Michael Portela (3), Austin Genao (1), Andrew Karch (2) and Andrew Fernandez. W — Mikosz. L — Langford. Sv — Sanderson. 2B — B (Evan Sleight, Nick Shumski, Gaby Cruz); P (Mark Coley, Jackson Petersen, Jack Culumovic). HR — P (Jeff Boggess).

John Mikosz (5), Jake Sanderson (4) and Marc Goulart. Ryan Langford (3), Michael Portela (3), Austin Genao (1), Andrew Karch (2) and Andrew Fernandez. W — Mikosz. L — Langford. Sv — Sanderson. 2B — B (Evan Sleight, Nick Shumski, Gaby Cruz); P (Mark Coley, Jackson Petersen, Jack Culumovic). HR — P (Jeff Boggess).


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