Saugerties, NY —The Newark Pilots opened the 2015 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) season with a 4-1 victory over the Saugerties Stallions at Cantine Veterans Memorial Field Wednesday night.
Starter Jordan Fuller (Seton Hill) led the Pilots (1-0) to victory with six shutout innings of work. The righty surrendered only two hits and two walks while fanning six. He retired 10 straight batters between the first and fourth innings after allowing a lead-off walk to Brian Cox (Le Moyne).
Newark’s three relievers each tossed an inning with Will Nichol (Hendrix) and Vinny Martin (Iona) each striking out a trio of Stallions (0-1). Martin earned the save with a scoreless ninth inning.
The Pilots threatened in each of the first three innings but couldn’t push across a run, stranding seven on base in those frames. They loaded the bases with no outs in the top half of the second inning, but Stallions starting pitcher Anthony Rocco (Pace) induced a pop up and foul out to first base before striking out Gabe Levanti (Northeastern) to keep the game tied at 0-0.
With the bases loaded once again in the fourth, Willy Yahn (Connecticut) drove in the first run of the game on an RBI groundout. Saugerties had a chance to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning but center fielder Kyle Norman (Univ. of San Francisco) threw out Pat Dorian (Herkimer C.C.) at home as he tried to score from second base.
Corey Lerche (Central Connecticut St.) drove in Anthony Spina (Amherst) on an RBI base hit in the fifth to make it 2-0 in favor of the visitors. Cody Wiktorski (St. John Fisher) crushed a solo shot over the fence in left field to lead off the sixth. Levanti followed with a double and later scored to extend the lead to 4-0.
John Giakas (Fairleigh Dickinson) scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh. He doubled and then touched home on a two-out two-bagger from Dylan Sprague (Fairleigh Dickinson). Rocco was tagged with the loss after surrendering one run on five hits in four innings. John Hooker (Saint Rose) gave up three runs on four hits in four innings of relief.
Spina, Levanti and Wiktorski each finished with two hits and a run scored to lead the Newark offense.
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