June 1, 2018
The 2018 Futures League Season kept on rolling with another day filled with exciting games! The Brockton Rox had their home-opener taking on the Nashua Silver Knights at Campanelli Stadium. The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks also had their home-opener as they faced the North Shore Navigators. The Worcester Bravehearts welcomed the Bristol Blues to Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field.
The Brockton Rox, in their home-opener, welcomed the reigning champions Nashua Silver Knights to Campanelli Stadium. The Rox defeated the Silver Knights 5-4 in a thrilling game that came down to the final inning of play. The Silver Knights got on the board first with three runs in the seventh inning off. But the Rox answered in the home half of the seventh with a two-run homerun from Hunter Tralli (Assumption College). The Rox took the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning score three runs to take a two-run lead and held on to win 5-4. The Rox were led offensively by second-baseman Hunter Tralli (Assumption College) who went 2-for-4 with a homerun and 3RBI.
The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks also had their home-opener as they welcomed the North Shore Navigators to the Shark Tank. The Sharks sank the Navigators 8-1 in what was a combined great effort on both the Sharks pitching staff and at the plate. Leading the way for the Sharks on the mound was Fordham University Sophomore Matt Mikulski with 4.1 innings of work, striking out 9, and surrendering no runs. The big force at the plate came from Vanderbilt commit Tate Kolwyck who went 2-4 with a double, homerun, walk and 3 RBI’s. Notable Navigators were Elias Varinos and Harrison Engstrom who both went 2-4 with 2 singles each.
In the third game of the evening the Worcester Bravehearts welcomed the Bristol Blues to Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field. The game was tied at one apiece after the sixth inning. But Bristol pulled ahead following a two-run seventh inning and that was all they needed as they defeat Worcester 3-1. Michael Genaro (Babson College) pitched five strong innings for Bristol striking out five in a no-decision. Mark Silvestri (University of Rhode Island) was credited with the win for Bristol after pitching two innings and striking out three.
The Futures League opening weekend continues Friday June 1st with three more games scheduled. The Nashua Silver Knights will be awarded their 2017 Championship rings before their home-opener versus the North Shore Navigators. The Pittsfield Suns welcome the Bristol Blues to Wahconah Park and the Brockton Rox welcome the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks to Campanelli Stadium.