Utica survives a pitchers duel in Newark with late rally to win on road
NEWARK, NY (7.2.17) – The Newark Pilots (6-21) and the Utica Blue Sox (5-18) battled in a pitching duel at Colburn Park. Thanks to an eighth inning rally, Utica picks up their fifth win. Henry Martinez (Cypress CC) went 6 strong innings for the Pilots, giving up 6 hits, 2 walks, all while striking out 12. When he was pulled in the seventh, the game was still tied. Dylan Leahy (Keystone) one upped Martinez, going the distance for a complete game shut out, allowing just 5 hits, 1 walk, and 6 strikeouts.
All three runs in the game came in the top of the eighth. Jake Bernardo (Fordham) was brought in to relieve Martinez in the top of the seventh, after a scoreless first frame, he allowed the first three batters to reach against him in his second inning. With the bases loaded and no one out he was pulled for Eddie Fournier (Cypress CC). Ryan Sargent (Ohio), the first batter Fournier faced, hit a sacrifice fly to break the scoreless tie. The next batter, Evan Lee (Ashland), hit a single into right. Over Torres (Yavapai CC) misplayed the ball in right, allowing Zane Harris (Wright State) to score on the E9. The final run scored on the same play, when Jorge Leon (Hendrix) threw the ball away in a run down to allow Devon Garcia (Ohio) to score the games third run.
Harris went 2-3 with 2 walks and a run scored. Taylor Olmstead (Southern N.H.) stole his lead leading 16th bag. Leon went 1-2 with a hit by pitch.
The Pilots will travel to Onondaga tomorrow night to face the Flames. The Blue Sox will host Mohawk Valley tomorrow night.
For more information please contact Leslie Ohmann, General Manager for the Newark Pilots, at (315) 576-6710 or Leslie@newarkpilots.com.