The Pilots defeated the Hawkeyes 5-4 on Sunday
With their 5-4 victory at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown on Sunday, the Newark Pilots (24-21) and Hawkeyes (22-19) are now tied for first place atop the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League West Division with the playoffs less than a week away.
Newark was lifted over its divisional foe with big performances from shortstop Kyle Attl (Cal State Northridge) and pitcher Andrew Tidwell (Saginaw Valley State). Attl finished 1-for-2 with two runs and two RBI’s. He was also walked twice, stole one base and laid down a sacrifice bunt. Attl’s lone hit was a two-run homer that tied the game at 4-4 in te third inning.
Tidwell made his first start of the season in a game with very important playoff implications and performed very well. The submarine hurler earned his first win after throwing seven and one-third innings, surrendering three earned runs and striking out four.
After the Hawkeyes took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, the Pilots tied the game in the second. Three straight singles to start off the frame drove in the first run. Then on a double steal, Michael Bolling (Lewis) took second base and Randy Villa (San Joaquin Delta) stole home to tie the game.
With two outs in the bottom of the second, Alan Pastyrnak (Northeastern) hit a single followed by a two-run homerun from Danny Nelson (Cal State Monterey Bay) to give the Hawkeyes a 4-2 lead.
Attl would be responsible for Newark’s remaining runs. After his long ball tied the game in the third, he scored the game-winning run in the seventh. He was walked by Cooperstown reliever Parker Ray (Texarkana), stole second and then scored on an error.
Ray took the loss in relief of Tyler Broome (USC Sumter). Broome pitched six full innings, allowing four runs and fanning a game-high five batters. Nelson went 2-for-5 with two runs, two RBI’s and a stolen base. Pastyrnak had two hits and one run scored.
Bolling led the Pilots with three hits. He also stole a bag, giving him the league lead with 21 stolen bases on the season. Mark Scott (San Joaquin Delta) closed the game for his 10th save.
The Cooperstown Hawkeyes travel to Colburn Park on Monday to face the Newark Pilots at 7:05 p.m. The winner of Monday’s game will have sole possession of first place in the PGCBL West Division with just days remaining in the regular season.