Pilots sweep the Pioneers in Saturday’s double-header
The Newark Pilots (4-3) earned two road victories at Dunn Field in Elmira against the Pioneers (2-5), winning the first contest 4-3 and the latter 6-4. By league rules, both games of Saturday’s double-header were only seven innings.
Newark 4, Elmira 3
Elmira took an early 2-1 lead in the first game following runs by Aaron Hopper (Marietta) and Ryan Normoyle (Washington) in the second and third innings respectively. However, Newark scored two unearned runs in the top of the fifth to go up 4-2.
Ryan Hanks (Carson-Newman) scored a run on a fielder’s choice while pinch-running for designated hitter Nick Parent (UC Santa Barbara). Chase Brown (UT-Dallas) hit an RBI single to score the second run of the inning.
The Pioneers gave Newark a scare, cutting the deficit to one in the bottom of the fifth. Hopper’s RBI single scored David Bishop (Mississippi State), but that would be the only run Mike
Saunders (Saginaw Valley State) allowed in his three innings of work. Saunders earned the win, with Edwin Reyes (UAB) recording his first save of the season. Elmira’s Mike Kazley (Cornell) was credited with the loss.
Newark 6, Elmira 4
Newark carried the momentum over into the second game. An early two-run homer over the left field wall by Shayne Herold (Ashland) gave the Pilots a 2-0 lead in the opening frame.
The Pilots extended their lead to 4-1 in the fifth. Ray Delvalle (Kentucky Wesleyan) batted in Matt Vera (San Joaquin Delta) and Michael Bolling (Lewis), who both got on base on errors by the Elmira infield.
Reliever Alec Clifton (Lindenwood) earned the win despite giving up three runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Pioneers tied the game at 4-4 following Bishop’s two-run home run and Hopper’s RBI single.
Newark rallied back with two runs in the sixth. With two outs and Hanks and Brown on first and second respectively, Elmira reliever John Koch (Arkansas State) advanced both runners into scoring position on a wild pitch. In the same at bat, Adam Grace (Genesee C.C.) reached on an error, allowing both base-runners to score.
Mark Scott (San Joaquin Delta) earned his second save of the season, striking out three batters in the final two innings.