|Pittsfield Suns Split Series With Sharks|
|By Greg Gilmore, Pittsfield Suns Sports Info|
10:04AM / Tuesday, July 17, 2012
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Suns came within two outs of sweeping an unconventional doubleheader but ultimately fell short and settled for a split with the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks.
The Suns trounced the Sharks in game one, which was the ending to a game that originally started last Thursday before it was suspended with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Suns led 5-1 before the game was suspended and despite starting off the night with only one out to work with, they managed to extend the lead to 7-1. For the game, Ryan Deitrich (UPenn) had two RBIs and Alex Davison (Bowling Green) collected two hits for the Suns.
Matt Timoney (Harvard) notched the win on the mound for the Suns as he pitched seven innings while only allowing one run which was unearned. Ryan Brockett got the loss for the Sharks as he allowed three runs, all of which were earned, over six innings.
Game two featured an offensive explosion as both teams combined for 27 hits. The Suns jumped out to an early lead when Anthony Carona (CW Post) hit a two run home run in the bottom half of the second inning to give his team a two run lead.
The Sharks responded with two runs in the third and three more in fourth to take a 5-3 lead. The Suns chipped away and eventually took the lead in the bottom half the sixth inning. Davison singled to center and then used his speed to advance from first to third on a wild pitch. Deitrich then lifted a fly ball to center which scored Davison to give the Suns a 6-5 lead.
The Suns were able to hold off the Sharks until the top of the ninth inning when the Sharks put up five hits and scored three runs. Sharks’ closer Ryan Morris (Presbyterian) handled the rest as he earned the save with a shutout ninth inning.
Davison led the way for the Suns as he had three hits in game two while Carona had a game high three RBIs. Chad Funkhouser (Brevard) had two hits in his return from an injury.
The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks are now 14-14 while the Suns are 14-19. The Suns are in action next on Tuesday when they host the Seacoast Mavericks. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Wahconah Park.