Hawkeyes hit three home runs en route to big win
The Newark Pilots (1-1) dropped their first game of the early season 10-4 against the Cooperstown Hawkeyes (1-1) at the historic Doubleday Field on Friday night. The Cooperstown offense hit hard with a five-run third inning and never looked back.
Already down 2-0 in the third, Pilots gave up two two-run homers. Hawkeyes’ DH Ben Manlove (Chico State) drove the first long ball out of left field. Newark starter Shayne Herold (Ashland) walked the following batter, setting up shortstop Ben Miller (Shippensburg) for the second two-run home run of the frame, giving the Hawkeyes a 6-0 lead.
Herold was immediately replaced by Jim Glasgow (Lewis). The reliever surrendered only one earned run through four and a third innings. For the second straight night, Newark Head Coach Chris Ebright had to rely on the bullpen to manage the game after the starter struggled. Unlike the come-from-behind win on Thursday in Watertown, the Pilots couldn’t recover.
“Our starters the past few games haven’t pitched to their abilities,” said Ebright. “Maybe it was first game nerves, but as a coaching staff, we have confidence in their abilities and they’ll be right back out there.”
Newark managed to scatter two runs across the fourth and sixth innings. In the top of the fourth, centerfielder Michael Bolling (Lewis) tripled then scored on the RBI groundout from Ray Delvalle (Kentucky Wesleyan). In the sixth, Pilots’ DH Randy Villa (San Joaquin Delta) crossed home on a wild pitch.
Those were the only two runs Cooperstown pitcher Kyle Lyon (Babson) allowed in the six strong innings he threw. Lyon gave up only four hits and struck out six to earn his first win of the season.
Up 8-2 in the bottom of the eighth, the Hawkeyes sent another ball over the left field fence for the third two-run home run of the game, this time by second baseman Estaban Meletiche (Keystone).
The Pilots added two more meaningless runs in the ninth. With the bases loaded, Chase Brown (UT-Dallas) scored on a wild pitch from Hawkeyes’ reliever Parker Ray (Texarkana). Bolling followed with a RBI single.
Newark and Cooperstown are now tied for second place in the West Division of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. The Pilots travel to Elmira on Saturday to face the Pioneers (2-0) at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Newark returns to Watertown (0-2) for a rematch of the season opener at 3 p.m.