June 2, 2018
Futures League play got us all started on the weekend yesterday as we had a full slate of games last night in a trio of contests! The Brockton Rox played host to the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks at Campanelli Stadium while the Bristol Blues traveled to face off against the Pittsfield Suns. Rounding out the set of matchups was a contest between the North Shore Navigators and the host Nashua Silver Knights, who are making their home debut for the 2018 season.
The Brockton Rox coming off a defeat at the hands of the Silver Knights a night before had the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks on their hands as this is their first meeting of the season. This game was not a contest for too long as the Sharks defeated the Rox by a score of 7-3. The Sharks offense started a string of 5 straight innings where they would score at least one run when in the top of the 2nd, infielder Kellen Hathaway (Willaims) smacked a triple to score Kyle Bouchard (Nichols). The scoring wouldn’t stop there as the Sharks offense produced 6 more runs through base hits and wild pitches. On the Rox side if things, wild pitching led to their demise while their offense couldn’t overcome the Sharks pitching, only mustering 3 runs on 7 hits highlighted by a 2RBI double by Rox catcher Jack Arend (Bates). He finished the day going 1-2 with 3RBI.
It was an even bigger deficit to the home team tonight in Pittsfield as the Suns hosted the Blues in what wouldn’t be a close game at all with the final score being 9-1 in favor of Bristol. The Blues would score their runs in bunches as in the 2nd it was base hits by Ian Ostberg (Quinnipiac) and Dylan Reynolds (Fairfield) that would put the Blues Up by 3. They would tack on 4 more on the day to power the offense. On the mound, the story was Kelvin Sosa (Wesleyan) who went 5IP, 4H, 0ER, 2BB, AND 4K while the bullpen would only surrender 1 run.
Finally, we have the defending champion Silver Knights who open up their home schedule at Holman Stadium with a ring ceremony before the game. They would face off against the North Shore Navigators in what would be a barn burner in Nashua. The Knight sent SP Luke Dawson (Bentley) to the mound who would give up 3 runs in the 1st through a string of base hit by North Shore. The Navs would place Matt Demma (St. Joe’s of Maine) on the mound who would go 3 innings, surrendering 2 runs, the second coming off the bat of Tyler Littlefield who hit a solo shot to bring the Knights within 1, but the game far from over yet. It was a back-and-forth battle all night until Nashua broke things wide open with a 4-run 7th lead by Andrew Gorham (Tulane) who lines a 2-run double that eventually would put the game away.
The Futures League opening weekend continues Saturday June 2nd with three more games scheduled. The North Shore Navigators will be at home for the first time this season, playing host to the Worcester Bravehearts fresh off having no game the previous day. The Pittsfield Suns will travel to Muzzy field in a home-and-home back-to-back with the Bristol Blues and the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks welcome the Brockton Rox to the island for the first time this season.