Pittsfield - In a back-and-fourth early morning game, the Bravehearts were able to pull away with a 9-8 victory over the Pittsfield Suns.
It was early scoring for both teams as Worcester and Pittsfield both scored in the first inning. For Worcester, it was Tyler Becker hitting a solo home run, his first of the season. For the Suns, it was Dom Hughes who reached on a single then advanced to third on an errant pick-off attempt. Jackson Petersen then hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at one.
The Bravehearts then added four runs in the fourth inning. Becker reached on an error followed by a Jack Gardner walk to put runners on first and second. Back-to-back singles by Bryce Hellgeth and Jakob Sessa brought in the first run of the inning. Riley Livingston in his Bravehearts debut, hit a sacrifice fly to score Gardner. Nick Martin was hit by a pitch which allowed Mariano Ricciardi to single in Hellgeth and Sessa to make the score 5-1.
Pittsfield answered back in a big way in the sixth inning scoring five runs to re-take the lead. The inning started with a solo home run by Petersen followed by back-to-back singles by Jeff Boggess and Matt Malcolm. Jack Culumovic then singled in both Bogeess and Malcolm. Nate Cormier singled, scoring Culumovic to tie the game 5-5 with Cormier advancing to second on a throw home. Dom Hughes followed by singling in Cormier to give Pittsfield the lead.
Worcester answered in the top of the eighth inning. Sessa led off the inning with a single and Nick Martin reached on an error. Ricciardi then walked to load the bases. On a double play attempt of the bat of John Thrasher, the Suns were able to get Ricciardi out at second, but an error on the throw to first allowed Sessa and Martin to score with Thrasher advancing to second. Becker responded by hitting Thrasher in with a single.
The Suns responded in the bottom of the eighth. Dan Baruch singled to lead off the inning followed by a Culumovic walk. After a wild pitch, Nate Cormier hit a two run single to tie the game at eight.
With the game tied in the ninth, Paul Coumoulos hit a solo-home run to give Worcester a 9-8 lead. The game would stay that was as Worcester pulled out a 9-8 victory with Angelo Biaz getting the win in two innings of scoreless baseball in relief.
Worcester will return home tomorrow for a home game against Pittsfield once again at 10:30 am.