|Colonials Close Regular Season With Win|
|By Chad Cooper, Pittsfield Colonials Info|
09:49AM / Sunday, September 04, 2011
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Johnny Welch delivered five hits as the Pittsfield Colonials ended their regular season on Saturday on a four-game winning streak with an 11-3 win over the New York Federals.
Pittsfield will begin the playoffs on Wednesday at New Jersey. All games in the first round will be played at Yogi Berra Stadium. New Jersey will be the home team in games one, two and five with Pittsfield being the “home” team in games three and four.
The Colonials broke the game open in the fourth inning as the first six batters reached base. A combination of walks with one hit batsman and a single had the score a 5-1 with runners on the corners when Johnny Welch hit his second homer of the game, his 15th of the season to push the lead to 8-1.
New York would score a run in the top of the sixth inning on a Mike Castellano single, scoring Sandy DeLeon to cut the lead to 8-2. Pittsfield got the run back in the bottom of the seventh on a Jerod Edmondson RBI single to score Chris Torres.
The Federals brought home a run in the eighth on a Tom Maloney homer. The Colonials tallied the final runs in the eighth on a double from Angel Molina scoring Johnny Welch and a single from Scott Knazek bringing home Danny Bomback to make the score 11-3.
Tim Stronach (4-2) picked up the win with five innings of one run ball. Mario Echevarria (0-2) took the loss for New York.
Offensively, Johnny Welch went 5-for-5 in the game with a pair of homers, upping his total to a career-high 15. The output also moved his average to end the season at .302.
Pittsfield now has three days off before starting the playoffs at New Jersey on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. All Colonials playoff games will be carried on 89.7 WTBR-FM. Coverage will begin at 6:45 p.m. for all games.