It appeared the Pilots were on pace to an easy win. However, the Newark bullpen gave up 13 runs after starter Justin D’Amato (St. John Fisher) allowed just one run through the first five innings.
The Pilots took the early lead 2-1 lead following a two-run homer from first baseman Randy Villa (San Joaquin Delta) in the bottom of the first inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, Newark scored five more runs. Villa hit an RBI double to score Michael Bolling (Lewis). Later in the inning, Kyle Attl (Cal State Northridge) hit a single to center field, scoring two more runs to give the Pilots a 7-1 lead.
Cooperstown began their comeback in the sixth after D’Amato was replaced with reliever Kegan Banks (Blinn). Banks was the first of three struggling relievers used in the inning. The Hawkeyes scored three runs in the frame, cutting the deficit to 8-4.
The Hawkeyes poured on seven more runs in the top of the seventh to gain the lead. Coleman Barron’s (Davidson) two-run single put Cooperstown up 9-8. Barron scored a run later in the inning off a double from Ben Miller (Shippensburg). Newark’s Edwin Reyes (UAB) was tagged with five earned runs in the frame.
Cooperstown pitcher Tyler Broome (USC Sumter) allowed only one run on three hits in the six and two thirds innings he pitched in relief, earning the win. Broome struck out five, and went 1-2-3 through the Newark lineup in both the seventh and ninth innings.
In the top of the ninth, Ben Manlove (Chico State) slapped a two-run double down the left field line, extending the Hawkeyes’ lead to the final score of 14-8.