Newark, NY —After battling Mother Nature and having their last two games washed out due to rain the Newark Pilots took on the Watertown Rams on a beautiful day at Colburn Park. For the fourth time in a row these two teams squared off with one another, with Watertwon leading the season series 2-1.
It was a pitchers duel early as Michael Springer (BYU) took the mound for the Pilots against Mitch Sewald (LSU) for the Rams. Both pitchers cruised through the first three innings and we were scoreless heading into the bottom of the fourth when the Pilots were able to get on the board first. Tim Lewis (Maryland) reached on an infield single to lead of the inning and advanced to second on an error by the shortstop. Sam Wiggins (Houston Baptist) tried bunting Lewis to third but did one better, as his bunt was perfectly placed on the third base line for an single. With runners on the corner and one down, Zach Wall executed a perfect hit and run as he lined a single to right field which scored Lewis and allowed Wiggins to advance to third. Wiggins scored when Austin Clock (SUNY Cortland) had a broken bat single to center field and the Pilots led 2-0.
The lead didn’t last long as the Rams tied it up in the top of the fifth. Chris Gaetano (Monmouth) reached base on a one out walk and raced around to score on a double down the right field line by Matt Diorio (Central Florida). Back to back singles by Willi Martin (Mount Olive) and Joe Ogren (Bucknell) and the scores was tied once again at 2-2 after five.
The Pilots took the lead again in the in the bottom of the seventh when Lewis came up with the bases loaded and placed a swinging bunt perfectly down the third baseline that all the Rams could do is pick it up as Clock came into score. But once again it was a short lived lead.
In the next half inning the Rams answered, again. With one out and one runner on for Watertown a single to right field and a costly error by Dorian Hairston (Kentucky) as he tried to throw the runner out at first, but when his throw sailed wide it allowed runners to move up to 2nd and 3rd with only one out. Chad Volcoviak (Houston Baptist) got Santino Alter (Alvernia) to pop out to Tanner Giesel (Southeastern CC) at short before being taken out for Cam Scalzo (North Carolina Central). Scalzo walked Gaetano to load the base for Diorio who delivered a two run single on the full count pitch to give the Rams their first lead of the game. Watertown would tack on one more on a double steal and lead 5-3 after eight.
Newark could not rally and fall to 11-8 on the season as the Rams improve to 10-8 behind seven strong innings by Sewald as he picks up his second win on the mound. Pilots are off tomorrow before taking on the Adirondack Trailblazers Saturday night, first pitch 7:05pm.