Pilots struggle out of the gate against Hawkeyes
Newark, NY — The Cooperstown Hawkeyes (12-17) get their first win since July 3, ending a nine-game losing streak with a 17-7 victory over the Newark Pilots (14-21) at Colburn Park on Tuesday.
Cooperstown took an early lead scoring in the first two innings. Cameron Day (Norfolk State), who brought in the first run of the game, would go on to have a big night against the Pilots. He would bring in two more runners in the second making the Hawkeye lead 4-0.
The Pilots got on the board during the third inning when Chad Adams (Saint Rose) drove in Jeff Edwards (Valparaiso) on an RBI groundout. They would add another run in the fifth cutting the deficit to 6-3. With Adams on third, Samm Wiggins (Houston Baptist) hit a sacrifice fly, earning his first of three RBI on the night.
The Hawkeyes would pull away in the sixth scoring five runs on five hits. Day singled to left field earning his fifth RBI. Stefan Jordan (North Carolina A&T) followed with a double to center, increasing the Cooperstown lead to seven. The Pilots trailed 11-3 after six.
Will Spitzfaden (1-5, Southeast Missouri State) never found his groove, pitching five innings before leaving the mound. He would end his night giving up seven earned runs on 12 hits.
Hawkeye Dean White (Post) had an even shorter night, going 4 2/3 before giving way to reliever Colton Kibler (Garden City C.C.). Kibler (1-0) earned the win with 2 1/3 innings pitched, giving up one run on one hit.
Newark was too little too late with four late-inning runs. Josh Ludwig (University of Rochester) extended his hit streak to 11 games with an RBI single to right field in the seventh. Wiggins drove in two runs in the eighth on a single, making the score 13-7 Cooperstown. The Hawkeyes would pad their lead with four more runs in the top of the ninth.
Day ended his night going 4-for-6, scoring two runs and driving in six more for Cooperstown. Max Rosing (Cortland State) and Chad Adams (Saint Rose) both went 2-for-5 for the Pilots.
The Pilots will make their last trip of the season to Dunn Field on Wednesday to face the Elmira Pioneers. They return home Friday as the Adirondack Trail Blazers come to Colburn Park; first pitch at 7:05. Cooperstown goes back to Doubleday Field to host the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs on Wednesday.