The Newark Pilots (20-17) comeback attempt came up short in an 8-7 loss to Mohawk Valley on Wednesday night. The loss drops the Pilots to 1-1 in interleague play on the season with three matchups to come against the East division.
The Pilots fell behind early allowing four runs to score in the fourth and sixth innings. Starter Solomon Bates (USC) lasted five innings and was charged with three earned runs. After walking five hitters in his first start Bates showed improvement, not issuing a single free pass in his second start of the season.
Trailing 8-0 in the seventh, Newark finally got its offense going with after an RBI double from Ching-Wei Sen (Vanung) and an RBI groundout from Chris Whelan (Parkland) to make it 8-2. The RBI from Whelan was his 17th, which ties him for the team lead.
Chase Cockrell (Hinds C.C.) would start the eighth inning with a towering double to center field that nearly left the ballpark. Russ Olive (UMass-Lowell) would follow that with his third hit of the day and Julian Gallup (Niagara) would drive home a run on a single to make it 8-3.
Bo-Hao Huang (Fu Jen Catholic) would drive home two more with a double to the left center gap to make it 8-5. Add two more runs on a sacrifice fly from Chris Sharpe (UMass-Lowell) and Sen scoring on a wild pitch to bring Newark within one run at 8-7.
After a single from Cockrell to start the ninth, Darian Herncane (Binghamton) would enter as a pinch-runner and steal his way to second. However, the tying-run would be stranded as Gallup flew out to end the game.
Mohawk Valley was led by Drew Arciulo (Fairfield) who went 5-for-6 with two triples in the ballgame. The DiamaondDawgs got a strong performance from their starter, Joe Dessaro, who pitched seven innings of two-run ball on the way to his fifth win, which ties him for the league-lead with Newark’s Skyler Defer (Northeast Miss. C.C.) among others.
Newark will start a two-game road stretch tomorrow with a trip to McDonough Park to play the Geneva Red Wings. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.