Worcester, MA - The Bravehearts’ bats came through late in the going Sunday evening, as Worcester took their third straight win at Wahconah Park in Pittsfield by the score 4-2.
The Bravehearts took an early lead in the top of the second inning. With one out, Tyler Becker singled and Jack Gardner walked. Becker scored when Ben Rice drove him in on an RBI single to put Worcester up 1-0.
Pittsfield would respond with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. After loading the bases, a run was forced home when Caeden Trenkle walked. That would be all the Suns could muster, however, and the game would stay tied 1-1.
Both teams threatened several times in the ensuing innings, but neither was able to score.
That changed in the top of the seventh. After the Bravehearts loaded the bases on an infield single by PJ Barry, a double by John Thrasher, and a Ben McNeill walk, a wild pitch brought Barry home to give Worcester the lead again.
A 42-minute sun delay halted the game during the top of the eighth, another instance of a game stoppage that has become rather commonplace at the west-facing Wahconah Park.
After the delay, Worcester loaded the bases, with Trevor Johnson singling in two more runs to make it 4-1.
The Suns made some noise in the bottom of the ninth, scoring a run to make it a two-run game, but could do no more.
Bravehearts’ reliever Cole Chudoba got the win for Worcester. Coming in to relieve starter Jeremy Adams, Chudoba threw two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks, striking out a batter. Picking up the loss for Pittsfield was Jake Kodros, who gave up three earned runs on four hits in two innings pitched while walking two and striking out one. Jakob Barker also picked up a six-out save for Worcester.
The Bravehearts’ next game at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field is a Fourth of July matchup against the Nashua Silver Knights Wednesday.